Welcome to the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum Columbus, Indiana


Museum Wish List
Major Exhibits
AFA Chapter 288
Bakalar Green
Women at War
Tuskegee Airman
WWII Glider Pilots
Base Photos
1Lt John Bakalar
General Atterbury
WWII Years
Volunteer Activities
The Leaders
Tour Group Photos
Veterans Memorial
Museum Volunteer Staff
Base Construction
Museum Membership
Cuban Crisis
Scale Aircraft
Columbus Indiana Links








The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum Complex preserves history, educates and honors those in uniform who serve and have served. The museum was dedicated November 11, 1992.


  There is no admission charge to visit the museum.

Museum Hours

Tuesday - Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum front entrance and night view.


The Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck Memorial Chapel is part of the Museum complex on the Airport property at the corner of Middle Road and Grissom Streets. The Chapel is available for tour by special request only. Bakalar Green is located between the control tower and rotating beacon.

Bakalar Green as seen from the F-4 static display in front of the museum looking south to the rotating beacon.

Museum Location: The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum is located near the control tower across the street from the F4C Phantom Jet Fighter static display at the Columbus Indiana Municipal Airport, the former location of the Atterbury Army Air Field and Bakalar Air Force Base. Columbus, Indiana tower frequency 118.6. Runways 14-32 5000 ft X 100 ft, 5-23 6401 ft X 100 ft. The museum is just a few steps from the ramp and control tower.

Mission Statement: "The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum is dedicated to the memory of all military and civilian personnel who served in any capacity in the wars and conflicts from 1942 to 1970. It serves to recall events of WWII, The Korea, Cuban and Vietnam conflicts which touched many of our lives."

"Life is pretty when you are free." Gustav Potthoff, former WWII POW and museum volunteer.

The history, photos and personal stories of those who served are here for you to see and read. Learn about the World War II Glider pilots, The Tuskegee Airmen, 2466th, 434th, 71st Special Operation Squadron in Vietnam, the base, the leaders, the airmen, the equipment, the aircraft and The Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame™

The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum hosts the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans and Walk of Honor information.

Museum Volunteers: The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum and the Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck Memorial Chapel is staffed and maintained by all volunteers. This group is composed of Veterans, former base service members, and citizens who maintain the museum and Chapel.

The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum web site contains many historical photographs and may require a little download time but is well worth the wait. The photographs help tell the story of the former air base and those who served. If you have artifacts, photographs or historical documents you wish to share with the museum, please let us know.

Museum Contact Information

Board of Directors: President: James Sellars, Vice President: Jim Reid, Treasurer & Past President: Wendell Ross, Secretary & Past President: Gordon Lake, Member Aviation Board: Richard P. Gaynor, Member: Nick Firestone, Member: James Porter.

Telephone:                 812-372-4356
Postal address:        Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum
                            4742 Ray Boll Boulevard
                            Columbus, Indiana 47203
Webmaster: Gordon Lake, 1SG (Ret.)  lakegc@aol.com
Copyright Notice: All graphics, images, and content are the property of the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum. All rights reserved. No form of reproduction, including copying or saving of digital image files, the alteration, or manipulation of image files is authorized. For information about research, educational, commercial or personal uses, contact the museum at the above address, E-mail or phone.

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