Wings and Wheels

Wings & Wheels is the 1940 Air Terminal Museum's monthly open house, featuring static displays of airplanes and automobiles, and is one of our fundraisers. It is held every 3rd Saturday of the month, rain or shine.

Hours: 11 am to 3 pm

Wings & Wheels Ticket prices: $7 Adults, $3 Kids (12 and under).

We welcome you to join us either by car or air. Fly-in visitors, car club drivers and museum members get free admission!

Food is provided by a drive-up food vendor or cooked in-house.

Enjoy an afternoon of family fun, and help support the 1940 Air Terminal Museum!

Wings & Wheels ticket price includes: static aircraft tours, special programs in the Starliner Theater, museum tours, and admission to the museum.

We open up our ramp on the west side of Hobby airport and let you get close to the action of a real airport!


Flying in to Wings & Wheels

Flying in is the most fun way to arrive!

William P. Hobby Airport (Identifier: KHOU) is a very General Aviation-friendly Class B airport, and Houston TRACON is a very General Aviation-friendly Air Traffic Control facility. You may easily get flight following and a Class B clearance as you approach the Houston area.

The museum is located at approximately mid-field on the West Ramp of Hobby Airport, along Taxiway G and Runway 17/35. If conditions permit, we suggest that you request this runway so that you may have a shorter taxi time. Simply tell the tower that you will be "parking at the museum" when you make your request and they will generally accommodate you.

Please refer to the current FAA Airport/Facility Directory or other official publications for more information about operating at this airport and for a current taxiway diagram.


Wings & Wheels upcoming themes for 2014

Each month, Wings & Wheels has a different theme to keep things fun and interesting. For a particular month's theme, we will try to get planes on static display, guest speakers, or hold special events which correspond to the curent theme.

No matter what type of plane you have, it is always welcome at Wings & Wheels!


View Wings & Wheels photos from previous years:

2009

2010

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014


Click on the month name below to view photos & information about previous Wings & Wheels events.

Wings & Wheels 2014

January

Business Aviation Day (1-17-2015)

Join us as we celebrate the role that aviation has played in business over the past century.

Business aviation day will feature aircraft that were or are used for corporate travel, such as the museum's own Lockheed Lodestar.

February

Chopper Day (2-21-2015)

Chopper day means helicopters & motorcycles!

We will be welcoming helicopters and motorcycles to the museum for a day of fun for the whole family! Past guests have included the LifeFlight air ambulance, the SkyFox News Helicopter, a Vietnam-Era UH-1 Huey, a US Coast Guard Dauphine, and many more!

March

Ercoupe Rodeo (3-21-2015)

Due to rain and low ceilings preventing aircraft from safely attending our event we are rescheduling the event. Stay tuned, we will have Ercoupe Rodeo on a later Wings and Wheels date!

April

Spring Stretch Your Wings Day (4-18-2015)

Come on by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport on Saturday, April 18 and join us for another Wings and Wheels. It’s Spring Stretch Your Wings Day!

Warmer weather means its time to go flying and do new things. How about flying to a Class Bravo fly-in?

Stretch Your Wings!

You have all the skills, so brush up, get flight following and stop by the Museum! Don’t think you’re up to it? I bet you know a pilot or two who’d love to serve as your guide and safety pilot! There might be a tasty burger in their future!


Wings and Wheels is from 11 am to 3 pm the third Saturday of each month and has a different theme each month.

Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, and includes access to the Museum, static aircraft and vehicle displays, and supervised access to the ramp. Admission is waived for visitors who fly in, or who drive in with a classic car. Lunch is available from a local mobile food vendor.

Flaming Patties - Serious Gourmet Burgers

Flaming Patties will be onsite with their delicious gourmet burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches! Find out more at their Facebook page or follow them (around town!) on Twitter.

May

Ercoupe Rodeo take two and Learn to fly day! (5-16-2015)

This month we will once again welcome the Ercoupes to Houston!

Join us as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ercoupe! We have a large group of Ercoupes confirmed, along with the Houston Mini motoring society, weather permitting.

Many people from all walks of life learn to fly every day. It is a very fun and challenging hobby, or can be made into a career!

The EAA announced International Learn to Fly Day in 2009 with the aim of growing the pilot population and educating the public about the importance and value of the airports in their communities. Many people don't know what it takes to earn their wings. For many, flying is only something one daydreams about, because it is such an unknown, and it is up to pilots to invite others 'across the fence' and show them what it is all about. Airports as well are great unknowns, but they serve us and our communities - they are ours to visit too!

For Learn to Fly Day, we're inviting area flight schools and flying clubs to visit the original terminal building at Hobby Airport and help us remove the mystery about becoming a pilot.

June

Aviation Hobbies Day (6-20-2015)

It's Aviation Hobby Day at Hobby Airport! We will be highlighting another pastime that the world of aviation has for us to enjoy.

Not only that... this month we're shaking our collective fists at the weather and bringing our visiting aircraft indoors for your viewing pleasure!

The South Houston Area Radio Control Society is a haven for both fixed-wing and rotary-wing radio-controlled aircraft enthusiasts and meets regularly at Tom Bass Regional Park. Their airfield has miniature paved and grass runways, so you can enjoy your investment and build your skills to your heart's content. SHARCS is intent on helping you enjoy your hobby by providing instructors to beginner pilots, and ensuring the safe operation of all aircraft. "If you can fly it, hover it, glide it or drive it, we have an area for you to enjoy it!"

SHARCS, charter club 3271 of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, will be displaying aircraft in various stages of construction, so you can get an idea of the amount of work that goes into getting each piece ready to fly. They may be miniatures, but they ARE aircraft, and they are a significant investment of time, effort, skill and money. And they're cool!

July

Raffle day (7-18-2015)

This month our Raffle Plane takes center stage! It's Raffle Day! Join us as we draw the winner of the raffle plane.

Buy a ticket today, and you could be the lucky winner! You can buy them right here on the website, or stop by, or call us.

This is the eighth year we've given away an airplane! You could be our lucky winner!

August

General Aviation Day (8-15-2015)

Come on down to the 1940 Air Terminal Museum on August 15 to celebrate all things aviation!

It’s General Aviation Day! Today we will widen our sights to all the great things about General Aviation in Houston. Fly in and your plane becomes part of the display, as we make it possible for people to get up close to real planes and chat with real pilots – with a commercial airport as our backdrop. Any and all aircraft are welcome to our ramp (please contact us so we can expect you) where security-badged volunteers provide supervised access to the public. Just tell the nice folks on the radio you'd like to park at 'the old terminal' or 'the museum'. Hobby is a GA friendly airport, featuring Texas-sized hospitality!

September

Houston Vintage (9-19-2015)

Houston Vintage is an organization that brings together vintage vendors and enthusiasts from Houston and the surrounding areas.

It's an opportunity for all who love and live vintage to exchange idea, find some amazing treasures, learn through demos and lectures (style, dance and culture), and celebrate all that is vintage throughout the eras.

This year our festival theme is "Blue Hawaii"!

October

TBD (10-17-2015)

November

TBD (11-21-2015)

December

HoustonSpotters & Museum Volunteer Appreciation Day (12-19-2015)

This month we turn our attention to those who turn their attention to airplanes and airports. If you love planes, we are right there with you! A plane spotter can be anyone from the families who enjoy Hobby's public viewing areas, to folks who like to jot down tail numbers, to those who improve their own craft photographing these flying craft. Why do you like to look at planes? Maybe you love refining your photography techniques, and hope your shot is picked by a magazine or airline. Maybe you want to see how much of an airline's fleet you can see, and later compare notes with your fellow spotters. Maybe you just like watching these things take to the air, and share that enjoyment with your family.

HoustonSpotters.Net is a website dedicated to plane spotting in Houston.

HoustonSpotters day is all about plane spotting and photography. Ramp tours of Hobby will be arranged, and groups of people will be taken around the field to spot planes and take photos.

We also like to recognize the hard work our volunteers do all year for our museum, whether helping our monthly fly-ins come together, or staffing the museum the other 290-something days of the year.

Stop by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport and let's see what flys in! We will have a few Ops tours scheduled so that you can see our great airport from a different angle. Be someone out standing in our field!