Walnut Ridge to Host World Premier for Documentary on City's Old WWII-Era Army Flying School

MAY 10, 2005 - Posted at 8:34 a.m. CDT

WALNUT RIDGE, AR - "Wings of Honor," a historical documentary on the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School, will premier with a special showing on Sunday, May 29.

The 30-minute documentary was produced by former KAIT news anchor Jack Hill, and it focuses on the brief but bustling life of the flying school at Walnut Ridge.  The facility was built during World War II and closed shortly after the war, but not before 5,000 cadets completed flight training there and in the skies over Lawrence County and northeast Arkansas.

The facility was also known as a graveyard of sorts for WWII aircraft, which were flown by the thousands to Walnut Ridge for scrapping.

"Wings of Honor" will be broadcast on commercial television stations around Arkansas, beginning with KAIT at 6:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 30.  It will also have three airings on the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

The May 29 premier in Walnut Ridge will be held in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church, at 2 p.m.