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Chennault Aviation and Military Museum

701 Kansas Lane


To preserve and promote aviation and military history and the legacy of the men and women who contributed to it.

During WWII Monroe was the site of the Selman Field Army-Air Force Navigation School (opened in 1942) -- was the largest such facility in the US, offering the nation's only complete navigation course during WWII. The school graduated over 15,000 navigators, over 1,500 of whom lost their lives in combat.

In 1986, those who trained there and their descendants held the first Selman Field reunion, agreeing to work with the City of Monroe to establish a repository of artifacts and memorabilia of the field. The museum opened in 2000, at the corner of Kansas Lane and Central Ave., in the west wing of one of the last surviving buildings used by the Selman Field School. Since then, the museum's scope quickly grew to encompass more of the rich aviation and military history of NELA, and need for space has grown too.


Vincent Provenzano

Friday, July 27, 2018
I had a really good time here. Very well done. One area for improvement is the library. If it is private, the door shouldn’t be open with the lights on. Made me feel uncomfortable to be asked to leave. Looks like part of the exhibit.

Heather Stark

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
This place is just cool. Lots of local military history and there are vets of all ages around to tell you stories. We loved it.

James Johnston

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Free fun for the history buff. The staff is awesome. My son has gotten into WW2 recently and we took him there. On our next visit back to the area one of the places he wanted to go was here. The staff treats him like a king even getting out items that they normally do mot have on display. Highly recommended.

Doug Bryan

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
Awesome piece of History! I think everyone should check out this great place. Tons of exibits for the whole family to enjoy, and the staff are very inviting & knowledgeable.

Freddy Mace

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
GREAT place. Very surprised at all the displays. Did not expect so many artifacts in a small local museum

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