Wings and Wheels 2016

THANK YOU to everyone who came out in 2016 in support of our mission. While we had some bad luck with the weather a few times, we made up for it with some great themes and events, welcoming back Houston Vintage, as well as the Airliner Collectible Show.

We even had our own mini airshow with several planes doing low passes on runway 17 complete with smoke! We grew our volunteer core, as well as our event revenues, and of course gave away another airplane, our 9th plane to date!

Wings & Wheels 2016


Business Aviation Day (1-16-2016)

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 (2-20-2016)

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!


Piper Day (3-19-2016)

Piper Aircraft started out in 1927 as the Taylor Brothers Aircraft Manufacturing Company, the same Taylor would give its name to the Taylorcraft, or T-Craft. These were pioneering days for aviation and for businessmen, and when the company, now called Taylor Brothers Aircraft Corporation, filed for bankruptcy in 1930, key investor William T. Piper bought it. A Harvard graduate, veteran of the Spanish-American War, veteran of WWI, and oil industry engineer, he would become known as the "Henry Ford of Aviation". His first role at the new Taylor Aircraft Company was secretary-treasurer, and Piper kept Clarence Gilbert Taylor in the role of President. The two shared a dream to open up aviation to the average American. In 1930 they produced an aircraft intended to encourage the growth of private aviation: the E-2 Cub.

You read that correctly. It wasn't until after Piper and Taylor parted ways in 1935, after a spat over modifications that produced a J-2 model, that the venerable J-3 Cub was produced. Taylorcraft Aircraft Company formed that year as well and would produce an aircraft that served with the J-3s in WWII, and under various reorganizations, continue to produce affordable small aircraft into the 2000s in exotic places such as LaGrange and Brownsville, TX. The J-3 however was a landmark aircraft that has been so loved that new variants are continuing to be produced as LSAs with modern touches.

Piper's company was not without its own reorganizations, with its founder replaced in 1946 with Chrysler ex-exec William Shriver. William Piper would regain control of his namesake company in 1950 and re-energize it, helped by a new contract for Cubs for the Korean War.

By this time Piper Aircraft had acquired Stinson Aircraft and developed one of their designs as the PA-23 Apache. The Apache would start a trend that Piper is known for, honoring the great native peoples of the Americas by giving their names to craft that would cross the sky: Apache. Pawnee. Commanche. Cherokee. Aztec. Navajo. Cheyenne. Seneca.

The Cub line continued as the Super Cub, with aircraft such as the Caribbean, Colt, Pacer and Tri-Pacer deriving from it.


HobbyFest (4-16-2016)

This month we will be participating in and supporting HobbyFest!

Hobby Fest is an annual event to thank the local community for their support, and to help raise scholarship funds for local students (thanks to our generous sponsors).

April 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rain or shine event (many of the activities take place in a covered hangar)

Hobby Airport, East Ramp
8402 Nelms St.
Houston, TX 77061
Follow the signs in the area for free parking.

FREE with one non-perishable food item donation for the Hobby Area Rotary Club to benefit local families. The general public is encouraged to attend. All are welcome.

Free food:
Hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and popcorn

Fun, free activities for the whole family:
Face painting
Video game bus
Balloon artist
Interactive mad science exhibit
Live DJ (and yes, hopefully some dancing)
Aviation, Crime Prevention and Fire Safety merit badges available for Boy Scouts
Airplanes and vintage aircraft on display
Raffles with prizes like restaurant gift cards, hotel gift certificates and much more!

Visit the HobbyFest website for more details

Our Raffle Plane will be on hand at the yearly open house at the CAF Houston Wing at West Houston airport both Saturday and Sunday. Come on by and get your chance to win our vintage Cessna!


Learn to fly day (5-21-2016)

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.


All about the museum (6-18-2016)

Today we don't have a particular theme, so that means the theme is all about our beautiful building and celebrating all of the hard work that goes into keeping the museum running - which is a mostly all volunteer force! If you've ever wanted to donate your time to an architectural treasure, just let us know, we are always looking for volunteers!

Just because there is no theme doesn't mean there is nothing going on. Hobby is one of the most diverse airports around! They simultaneously serve airline, general aviation (which means anything from a single engine Cessna up to a 757!), and sometimes even military! We once had 4 F-16s taxi by and blast out because they couldn't land at Ellington the night before due to weather!

As always, we have our raffle plane on display!

We will have Flaming Patties on hand serving up tasty burgers!


Raffle day (7-16-2016)

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!


Wings and Wheels and WASPs - A Tribute to WWII Heroes (8-20-2016)

Join us Saturday August 20 between 11am-3pm for Wings &Wheels and then stay for a special presentation by Carol Cain the Associate Director of the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, TX beginning at 3pm!

Carol Cain, who will speak at 3 PM, is an authority on the WASPs and loves to share their amazing stories of bravery. The WASPs, who all trained in Texas, are a major part of HAM’s documentary Home Front: Texas in WWII.

Also joining Carol will be Sarah Rickman.

Sarah is the author of seven books about the WASP and the author of nine nationally published articles about the WASP. Sarah has edited the WASP newsletter for Texas Woman’s University since 2009 and serves as an oral historian for the WASP Archives. She has been writing books since 1986. She earned her B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University Midwest (Ohio) in 1996.

This event is brought to you through a collaboration between the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Houston Arts & Media, and the National WASP WWII Museum. This is a FREE event open to the public.

Please RSVP to this event page, via email to or by calling us at 713-454-1940.


Houston Vintage (9-17-2016, 11am-6pm)

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.

Advanced tickets can be purchased online for $5 at Tickets are $10 at the door. children 11 & under are FREE.


Airliner collectible show (10-15-2016)

From 9 am to 3 pm we are happy to host the 25th annual Houston Airliners Collectibles show in the Atrium. Shop for memorabilia such as junior pilots' wings, posters, aircraft models, china, books, and more! Vendors from near and far will be on hand to buy, sell and trade.

Shop for memorabilia such as junior pilots' wings, posters, aircraft models, china, books, and more! Vendors from near and far will be on hand to buy, sell and trade at the 23rd annual show.

The Airliners Collectibles Show will take place from 9 am to 3 pm in our Atrium.
Wings and Wheels runs concurrently from 11 am until 3 pm.

Fly-in visitors are encouraged, as you know any and every plane is always welcome. Fly to Wings and Wheels and join us on the ramp!


Skyline Stars of the Silver Screen (11-19-2016)

Join us this weekend as we celebrate the high-flying supporting "cast members" of Hollywood films, including the A-26 Fire Eaters and CH-46 Sea Knight, courtsey of the Vietnam War Flight Museum and the National United States Armed Forces Museum. Our featured indoor exhibitor is Levenson Group, who will be giving away FREE promotional products for the new movie Allied, screening in select theaters on November 17th.


HoustonSpotters & Museum Volunteer Appreciation Day (12-17-2016)

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!