Art + History at the Airport

Large wall art hanging near baggage claimArt in the Airport

Our terminal features many pieces of artwork created by artists from throughout Central Illinois! CIRA is a gateway to the diverse and vibrant Central Illinois region. We take pride in the artwork on display revealing to visitors a taste for the culture, history and uniqueness of our community.  Enjoy the interesting collection on your next trip through Central Illinois Regional Airport!

From the banners displayed above our ticket and baggage claim area to the horses that hang above the escalators in the gate area, you can find art throughout and even in front of the terminal building.

History at the Airport

Above the waiting area on the east side of the security checkpoint hangs the Tilbury Flash, a racing airplane dating back to the 1930s. The Flash is a rare survivor of an exciting period of American aviation history. In its first and several of its early competitions the Flash was piloted by Art Carnahan who went on to become the first manager of what is now the Central Illinois Regional Airport. Installed at CIRA in 2015 the Flash is on loan from the McLean County Museum of History.

The Prairie Aviation Museum (PAM) is located in CIRA Commons, at 2929 East Empire Street just off Route 9 west of the Central Illinois Regional Airport terminal building. Visit their website at Contact PAM at or (309) 663-7632.

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  • 3201 CIRA Drive, Bloomington, IL, 61704
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