The 1940 Air Terminal Museum has recently acquired the historic hangar designated by Hobby airport as WR-4.
The hangar will house the museum's collection of aircraft, and also has ample space to serve as a work shop for projects, as well as displaying artifacts.
We all agree that the name WR-4 just doesn't have the appeal that we would like it to have. Therefore, we will rename the hangar as "The Great Silver Fleet hangar".
It will be repainted in Eastern Airlines colors according to period photos.
On December 27, 2002 Paul F. Barnhart, Sr. donated Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar N31G to the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society. The Lodestar is a quintessential example of business aviation history. It has been in continuous service as a business aircraft since the late 1940s. The Lodestar is in excellent mechanical condition, is licensed and airworthy.
The Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society will preserve the Lodestar in airworthy condition and display and operate it as the centerpiece of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum's business aviation collection.
Help support the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, and you could be the winner of your very own plane!
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is raffling this plane as a fundraiser. Raffle tickets for the contest are available for $50 each, and no more than 2,500 tickets will be sold.
In 2011, a Hawker 125 buisness jet was donated to the museum. It is on permanent display on the former site of the international wing of the building.
In 2007, St. Louis Helicopters donated the 1958 Sikorsky S-58 N887 to the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society.
The S-58 was one of the first helicopters widely by industry, serving in roles as diverse as airline transport, early offshore support, search and rescue and in the military. The Museum’s S-58 has been restored by volunteers.
WR-4 hangar in 1940
WR-4 hangar in 2010