The Army Aviation Museum Foundation, incorporated under the laws of the State of Alabama as a nonprofit organization, was formed on 9 March 1970. The purpose of the Foundation is to:
- Provide a proper, permanent building to house and preserve the U.S. Army Aviation Museum, its memorabilia and artifacts.
- Safeguard many one-of-a-kind aircraft and aviation related items.
- Educate the aviation student and public.
- Generate an interest in and understanding of Army Aviation.
Over the past 20 years, the Museum Foundation has expanded to include over thirty board members and thousands of contributors. As a result of a concerted effort by these people, the Foundation was successful in raising $2.5 million from civic and social organizations, military units, local communities, industries, businesses, and individuals. Through the efforts of former Alabama Congressman William Dickinson, $2.5 million in matching Federal reprogrammed funds were obtained.
Construction based on the Foundation’s plans began in March 1988 under the supervision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District. The present building completed and turned over to the U.S. Army in November 1989, represents the completion of Phase I, one of several phases to come, and a major attraction to the Wiregrass area.