Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Brownsville: Commemorative Air Force Museum - Rio Grande Wing

The Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport is home to the hangar and museum of the Commemorative Air Force’s Rio Grande Wing. The museum exhibits World War II artifacts and retells little-known aviation stories including the tale of the 201st Mexican Fighter Squadron (Aztec Eagles) that trained in Texas for service in the Pacific Theater. The hangar stores flyable World War II aircraft such as a rare German Focke Wulf-44 Steiglitz biplane and an American Boeing PT-13 Stearman biplane. The wing also hosts a major air show each spring.

Watch the following video to learn more about World War II airfields and pilot training in Texas. This video was produced for inclusion in the World War II on the Texas Home Front mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel mobile app.  Learn more about the tour and the app on the World War II theme page at the following link:


  • 955 South Minnesota Avenue
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • 78521


Hours & Fees

  • Wednesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Adults: $6, Seniors: $5, Ages 12-18: $3, Ages 0-11: Free



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Read more about the Commemorative Air Force in the Handbook of Texas Online.