Not only will the B-29 Superfortress FiFi and B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil be reassigned to a permanent home at the airport southwest of
Brown has been a lightning rod for criticism in the year since announcing the headquarters would move.
He and the other leadership within the CAF said in every interview from
"If I didn't think that state funding was threatened, then I spoke in that context," Brown said.
This one is just a continuing saga and again it just goes back to say one thing and turn around do the other," Beauchamp said.
And while he said he's resigned to the fact that possibly every remnant of the CAF could be moved from
"It really speaks to the disingenuous nature of the organization right now," Smith said. "It's either incredibly ignorant and naive or disingenuous. It's like the truth depends on who he's talking to."
CAF Board Chairman
"From the very beginning, we've been very clear we're not going to move the museum; make every effort possible," Agather said. "If funding is cut, it makes it hard to (not move the museum)."
When talking about the nose art moving from
Brown said he stands by his quote to the
Without funding from the state, Brown said that environmental control is not feasible at the
Two board members were accused of malfeasance and removed from the museum board in 2010 and seven others resigned amid a lawsuit between the museum board and the CAF.
While the museum board was fighting for more autonomy from the CAF, recent events have turned that around so the CAF has much more power over museum goings on, despite Brown's insistence that the two are very separate corporations.
Half of the board members on the museum board are also general staff members, including its director,
"They're legally separate corporations," Brown said. "But does the CAF have the belief and the oversight to make sure things are taken care of? Absolutely."
Brown said this doesn't create problems and the CAF, the museum board and all involved have the best interests of the museum in mind.
Beauchamp said the museum board was previously autonomous, but since the lawsuit is not.
"It's not autonomous. It's all one thing and it's a little empire that he's built," Beauchamp said. "It's great for him, but it really sucks for
Previously, the nose art gallery was safe. Now, it could move.
Nine months ago, most artifacts were going to stay at the
"You're pulling every meaningful exhibit out of this museum and shipping it off to others," Beauchamp said. "That would be like me saying I'm going to keep this 7-Eleven open on the corner but we're not going to sell gas and we're not going to sell soft drinks or a stick of gum, but you can come look in the window."
Between 15 and 20 positions will be leaving the Midland CAF location, Brown said.
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