The Lone Star Lodestar Roundup!
For the second year in a row, we welcomed back "Goodtime Gal", the CAF West Houston C-60 Lodestar. The Goodtime Gal is an excellent pairing with our own Lodestar. We parked them on our ramp flanking our raffle plane. The CAF also brought their BT-13 and AT-6 which were available for rides.
Lockheed's beautiful Lodestar Model 18 was intended to compete with the DC-3, and while many were impressed into service for World War II, the C-60A models were purpose-built for the military.
The Museum's N31G started life as a C-60A in 1942, and flew for the advanced glider school in Long Beach before its stints at TACA Airlines and as an executive aircraft. The CAF Houston Wing's C-60A Lodestar was built in 1943 and served as a paratroop transport. After an extensive restoration, the CAF C-60A returned to flight on August 26, 2011.
Speaking of the raffle plane, this year's winner, Allen Langford of Bynum, TX was on hand to take delivery of the plane! Allen arranged with museum volunteer Blair McFarlain to fly the plane up to Waco where he has secured hangar space. They made a stop at the Southern Flyer diner in Brenham, then continued on to Waco.