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Tower Boss: Chuck Bowen


Two years after it was lowered to the ground the top 36 feet of McChord’s First free standing Control tower was opened to the public in December of 1997.

Built in 1952 and deactivated in 1995, the tower structure including the cab, was brought to the museum in July of 1996 for the completion of its restoration. Under the most able leadership of the Tower Boss, Chuck Bowen, his son Gary, and a team of 19 volunteers contributed their time while others contributed significant items that allowed the completion of this undertaking.

Located inside the Museums Tower is our giftshop were one will find a wide selection of aircraft models, unit patches, pins, special mugs, T-shirts, aviation books, and other items.  For those who desire – it’s up to the third floor, which provides access to the Control Tower Cab. The view from the Cab is outstanding. You will have a great view of our aircraft and on a clear day (yes we have them) you’ll be able to enjoy a breathtaking view of the 14,000 foot Mt. Rainier or one of the many planes on approach to land at the Base airfield.

The McChord Museums Control Tower exhibit is one of but a few authentic freestanding control towers open the public in the country.  


The McChord Air Museum Foundation would like to recognize Volunteer Norman Couter for all the many contributions he has made for the McChord Air museum, which include but are not limited to financial contributions, his valuable time and energy, and a great amount of the equipment in the Tower Display. Thanks Norm !

Under construction  The Tower in 1976
Tower cab being lowered to the ground The Museum's Gift shop
Tower pieces undergoing restoration. The Tower Boss (right) directs his crew.
The Tower on its way to a new home The tower cab being lowered in to place.
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