Wings and Wheels

Wings & Wheels 2011

The museum continues to grow in 2011. This was the 4th year that we've given away an airplane, and started the 5th raffle!

Wings & Wheels has grown to be a stellar event, as well as something all the hard working volunteers can be proud of.

THANKS to everyone who came out and helped to support the museum in 2010, we hope to see you back in the many years to come!

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!

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


Business Aviation Day (1-15-2011)

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.


Chopper Day (2-19-2011)

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!


Mooney Day (3-19-2011)

On this Wings & Wheels day we pay tribute to these well-proven airplanes.

The Mooney Ambassadors will be displaying their beautiful aircraft. Come and take look inside and talk with owners about Mooney Airplanes handmade in Texas and about the benefits General Aviation. The Mooney Ambassadors fly to events in the United States and Canada to support Mooney Airplane Company, Promote General Aviation and have Someplace Wonderful to Fly.

We will also feature the Mooney Aircrafts Pilots Assocation. They will be on hand to answer your questions! MAPA is devoted to "to support Mooney Airplane Company, to Promote General Aviation, and to have Someplace Wonderful to fly."


Cessna Sky King Day - Learn to Fly! (4-16-2011)

Out of the Western Sky comes Sky King! Join us as we celebrate that legendary airplane flying cowboy of yesteryear, Sky King, and his chosen airplanes of choice - Cessnas. See Cessnas new and old, including a rare Cessna Bobcat just like Sky King's original Songbird. Fly ins are welcome, especially Cessnas.

From the most popular and prolific training airplanes in the world, the Cessna 152 & Cessna 172, to cabin-class twins like the Cessna 421, and even to the fastest civilian jet in the world, the Cessna Citation X, the company that Clyde Cessna started has always and continues to make great airplanes.

On hand to help us celebrate the great tradition of cowboys and airplanes will be a bunch of great folks that we think you'll be tickled to meet.

We are proud to welcome James Drury, the movie and television legend best known in his role as The Virginian. James will be by to meet people, sign autographs, and enjoy planes with the rest of us (he used to fly his very own Cessna 310 once upon a time). His birthday will be the 18th, wish him a happy one!

Music is not new to the Museum, but this time the event that gets the wonderful band is Wings and Wheels! The New Pioneers are cowboy musicians who will bring us real western music from the 40s - 60s era.

One more cowboy in our crew that day will be Jim Hodges, public speaker and nominee to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Jim has done everything... everything! He has plenty of experiences and great stories to share! (Oh, and he also is a pilot.)

We would like to welcome any and all Cessnas, from early 120's, 140's, and 195's to modern 350's, 400's, and jets to our ramp on this day! Of course, any and every plane is always welcome to the 1940 Air Terminal Museum Naturally, we will be displaying the Museum's fourth Raffle Plane, a vintage 1957 Cessna 172 Skyhawk.

On display will be a rare Cessna T-50, a generous loan to the Museum. Known to some as the Bamboo Bomber, a T-50 was Sky King's very first Songbird.

Also on this day, come meet representatives from several local flight schools and take the first steps toward realizing your dream of becoming a pilot!


Memorial Day Warbird Fly-In (5-21-2011)

In honor of Memorial Day, we will celebrate by inviting any and all warbirds to fly in!


Beechcraft Day (6-18-2011)

Calling all Beechcraft!

Once again, D'Shannon Aviation is sponsoring this year's Beechcraft day! D'Shannon Aviation is the number one provider of STC'd-PMA'd upgrades and modifications for the Beechcraft fleet.

Since Walter Beech came out with his first airplane, the Beechcraft Company has come out with many, many types of aircraft, and has established themselves as the lead manufacturer of aircraft for fast, safe, private transportation.

On this Wings & Wheels day, we pay tribute to this great company and line of aircraft by welcoming Beechcraft of all models to the museum. From early-model Staggerwings to late-model King Airs and BeechJets, we welcome them all!


Raffle day - Cessna Fly-in (7-16-2011)

Join us as we draw the winner of the raffle plane. This month's admission has been reduced to $7 for adults and $3 for kids. Lunch will be available via a mobile gourmet food truck. The Wings & Wheels admission price does not include lunch, instead you will purchase what you want from the food truck.

Buy a ticket today, and you could be the lucky winner!


"Hobbykosh" Experimental Aircraft Day (8-20-2011)

Many hundreds of hours of work go into building your own aircraft at home.

Even if you start with a kit, there is still a tremendous amount of fabrication and assembly to be done. But, if you ask anyone who has built their own airplane, it is worth it for at the end, you have an airplane that is custom-fit and custom-designed to your choosing.

Join us on this day to see some of these home-built custom creations, as well as many other Experimental-category airplanes!


Women in Aviation Day (9-17-2011)

Join us for this Wings & Wheels day as we salute all of the women who have contributed to the field of aviation over the years.

We will have representatives from several women's aviation organizations: The Ninety-Nines, Women in Aviation International, Girls With Wings, and many others on-hand for this event, and we would love to have you, too!


Hangar day

Join us as we explore all of the neat stuff we have tucked away in our hangar!


Humanitarian GA Day (11-19-2011)

Aircraft are not only beautiful and cool, they are hardworking and have a heart.

Hospitals have long realized the value of aircraft in the role of critical care. Their unique ability to compress time and distance has saved many lives and continue to save many more.

Aircraft also serve in various other humanitarian efforts that you might be unaware of. Patients are delivered to receive transplants on short notice by big-hearted pilots who donate their time and aircraft to help those who otherwise would not have access to fast, safe transport. Food, clothing and other aid is transported in times of crisis to those in need.

Pilots also donate their time, fuel costs, and aircraft to the task of relocating pets or just giving the joy of flight to kids who want to see their world from aloft. Others donate their time as ground crew helping get these planes where they can do the most good.

Perhaps you're a pilot looking for just this kind of adventure!

Come to the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport for Wings and Wheels November, and learn how General Aviation aircraft help the world in ways you might never have realized.


HoustonSpotters & Museum Volunteer Appreciation Day (12-17-2011)

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 photgraphy 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! Indoors, volunteer Michael Bludworth will entertain you with Houston aviation history and trivia! Brush up on those rare aircraft and fun facts, and he'll try to stump you!