News & Events

Wings of Freedom Tour is coming to the Central Nebraska Regiona Airport (GRI) on July 13-15, 2015!

The public will be able to explore Vintage WWII aircraft inside and out as well as experience a once in a lifetime opportunity and take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft.

Three of the most famous World War II vintage aircraft -the North American P-51 Mustang, the Boeing the B-17 Flying Fortress, and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator will arrive will arrive at the airport 12 p.m. on July 13th and will be on display until 5 p.m.  On July 14th hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and July 15th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Walk-through tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 years and younger, and discounted rates are available for school groups.  WWII veterans can tour at no cost.  Bomber flights are $450 per person. For Reservations call (800) 568-8924.

The Collings Foundation is a non-profit education foundation devoted to telling the story of these rare WWII aircraft by touging the nation.  Local veterans and their families are encouraged to visit and share their experiences and stories with the public.

News Release

The Collings Foundation

North American P-51

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Consolidated B-24 Liberator


Grand Island Now has a TSA Pre✓™ This allows low-risk travelers to experience expedited, more efficient security screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints. Enrollment Center is located at 620 N Diers Ave Ste 300.  Hours Mon-Thur 9-12 & 1-4.  For more information go to TSA and click on TSA Pre✓™



2015 Cruise Night at the Airport!

Next car show is August 19th.  Cruise on out for a night of fun!  Bring your lawn chair, sit and relax. Free fun for the entire family.

Afternooner's Gift Certificates for BEST - Show, Interior, Engine, Paint and Bike.

Cruise on over to Afternooners for their Chicken Fried Steak Special and a Drink for only $9.99!




October 30, 2014 a Ground Breaking ceremony for the new Passenger Terminal was held at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.  About 70 dignitaries and community leaders gathered to break ground for the 33,750 sq. ft. terminal that will cost $14.1 million.  Over $10.8 million in federal grants have been received to fund this project. The new terminal will have amenities such as a covered walkway along the entrance, and a jet bridge connecting the terminal to the planes.  Mead & Hunt designed the terminal to include colors and themes from the Platte River, island sandbars, and Central Nebraska vegetation and wildlife. Hausmann Construction of Lincoln was awarded the bid to construct the new passenger terminal and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016.


On October 1, 2014, Korean War veterans and their escorts deplane at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport after returning from a Korean War Hero Flight.  Over 80 veterans went on the trip to Washington, D.C.  The welcoming ceremony included the Northwest High School band, soldiers from the Army Aviation Support Facility and members of the Grand Island Senior High Air Force Junior ROTC. The Central Nebraska Regional Airport fire trucks staged a cannon shoot with the American flag from the Grand Island Fire Department displayed in the background.  The Veterans were touched by the homecoming tribute, something they did not receive after returning from the war.   For more photos click on Photo Gallery.

FAA Provides $9.8 million Grant to support Construction of a New Passenger Terminal at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a $9.8 million grant to the Central Nebraska Regional Airport as part of the funding for a new $14.1 million passenger terminal.

Back in July, Hausmann Construction of Lincoln was awarded the bid to construct the 33,725 sq. ft. passenger terminal building, but project was contingent upon federal funding.

“I am pleased that the Federal Aviation Administration is providing the additional resources for this project, which will help accommodate passengers for the next 20 plus years,” said Executive Director Mike Olson. “Our congressional delegation was instrumental in helping us secure $7.5 million of additional funding for this project.”

 Ground breaking for the new passenger terminal will be the later part of October and project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016.

The aircraft was built in 1937 and was the 21st DC-3 that American Airlines received. American ended up operating 84 DC-3s until they went out of service in 1949.  NC17334 is the oldest DC-3 still flying today.  The DC-3 was purchased by the Flagship Detroit Foundation in August 2004 and was restored.  Today it is flown around the country to remind people of the history of flying.  And it was HERE at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport on August 21, 2014!

A Lockheed Electra 12A Jr. stopped at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport on August 1, 2014.   Amelia Earhart flew a Lockheed Electra 10E.

Folks from the Country House Residences out to watch the airplanes land at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.