HoustonSpotters & Volunteer appreciation day!
Thanks to all who came out on this cool windy day. December has traditionally been a slow month for Wings & Wheels due to the holidays, so we decide to have a month where we don't plan a huge event, but instead activities for photographers and volunteers, giving the volunteers a chance to enjoy the museum instead of having to work.
HoustonSpotters.net is a website dedicated to planespotting in the Houston area. Many people enjoy aviation photography, and HoustonSpotters gives them a place to come together and share their interests and discuss issues related to Houston and aviation. With this in mind, in December, we have traditionally arranged for Hobby airport operations to escort groups of photographers, and whoever else they have room for, out to the side of the runway where they can get up close to the action. This type of access is not normally permitted, so it is a rare opportunity for some great shots.
Inside, museum volunteer Michael Bludworth held his annual trivia game for root beers! He displays photos of planes or airports, and asks a question about it. Every correct answer gets you one root beer!
We were also joined by our very own living history, Captain A.J. High. Captain High was recently in the hospital, but was able to come out for a short visit. Did you know he has written a book? It is called "Meant to fly", and is available in the museum gift shop. Captain High is also Chairman of the Board of the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society, the non-profit group dedicated to restoring the 1940 Air Terminal Museum.