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 on the 3rd Saturday of every 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 2018

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

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017


Wings & Wheels 2016

February

Chopper day (2-17-2018)

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

TBD (3-17-2018)

April

TBD (4-21-2018)

May

Learn to fly day (5-19-2018)

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 (6-16-2018)

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

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!"

HoustonSpotters is an online community dedicated to providing resources to plane spotters in the Houston area. Plane spotting is a popular hobby, where enthusiasts either photograph aircraft or collect the tail numbers of aircraft they have seen. In partnership with FlightAware, we have created a custom flight tracking website that filters flights for heavy and special aircraft - which is usually what spotters want to photograph.

The HoustonSpotters.net website contains information about where you can spot at the various airports, the rules for spotting safely, as well as a Spotting 101 section which outlines basic aviation concepts for people new to the hobby or aviation in general.

Wings & Wheels affords one of the best ways to get close to aviation in Houston! You literally get to stand right next to an active taxiway with planes as large as a Boeing 757 taxiing by! Come by our table at Wings & Wheels to learn more!

And what better way to enjoy aviation than to spend your time volunteering at the Museum. We are always happy to welcome new volunteers to our crew so be sure and ask us how you can get involved.

July

Raffle day (7-21-2018)

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.

August

National Aviation Day (8-18-2018)

This month Wings and Wheels falls next to National Aviation Day. This is a 'national observation' established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to celebrate the development of aviation

Roosevelt was the first President to fly in an airplane while in office, and he chose Orville Wright's birthday as Aviation Day. Orville was still alive when FDR made the proclamation in 1939, and would live to enjoy sharing nine birthdays with it. 2017 marks 146 days since Orville was born, and we encourage you to join us and celebrate the Wrights and other pioneers of aviation with a trip to the 1940 Air Terminal Museum.

Click here to read more about National Aviation Day.

September

TBD (9-15-2018)

October

TBD (10-20-2018)

November

TBD (11-17-2018)

December

HoustonSpotters & Museum Volunteer Appreciation Day (12-15-2018)

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 (based on time and availability of airport operations), 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!