Wings and Wheels 2017

THANK YOU to all who came out to support us in 2016. This year was a bit difficult with the hurricane at the end of the year, but we have been able to get repairs completed and return the museum to working order.

Thanks to your support, we gave away our 10th airplane! Can you believe we've been doing this for 10 years!?


Wings & Wheels 2017

January

Business Aviation Day (1-21-2017)

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.

February

Chopper Day (2-18-2017)

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

Spring Stretch Your Wings Day (3-18-2017)

Come on by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport on Saturday, March 18 and join us for another Wings and Wheels. It's Spring Stretch Your Wings Day!

Warmer weather means its time to go flying and do new things. How about flying to a Class Bravo fly-in?

Stretch Your Wings!

You have all the skills, so brush up, get flight following and stop by the Museum! Don't think you're up to it? I bet you know a pilot or two who'd love to serve as your guide and safety pilot! There might be a tasty burger in their future!


Wings and Wheels is from 11 am to 3 pm the third Saturday of each month and has a different theme each month.

Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, and includes access to the Museum, static aircraft and vehicle displays, and supervised access to the ramp. Admission is waived for visitors who fly in, or who drive in with a classic car. Lunch is available from a local mobile food vendor.

Flaming Patties - Serious Gourmet Burgers

Flaming Patties will be onsite with their delicious gourmet burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches! Find out more at their Facebook page or follow them (around town!) on Twitter.

April

HobbyFest 2017 (4-15-2017)

This month's Wings & Wheels is dedicated to supporting HobbyFest. This is a free event, however, it is NOT located at the museum, but rather on the other side of the airport, at 8402 Nelms Street.

We will have all of our aircraft at the festival, come by and get your chance to win our tenth raffle plane, a 1964 Piper Cherokee 180!

May

Learn to fly day (5-20-2017)

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

Piper day (6-17-2017)

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.

July

Raffle day (7-15-2017)

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 tenth year we've given away an airplane! You could be our lucky winner!

August

(8-19-2017)

This month Wings and Wheels falls upon 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.

Chalu's Wings will be our food vendor for the day!

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September

(9-16-2017)

Due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the museum is closed throughout the month of September.

October

(10-21-2017)

TBD

November

Houston Day! (11-18-2017)

Come on by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport on Saturday, November 18 and join us for another Wings and Wheels. It's Houston Day!

We're back – and so is all of Houston – and we'll be better than ever. This is our first fly-in since Hurricane Harvey, and we're fortunate to have a great venue, great neighbors and great support. (We also just won the World Series. Did y'all hear?)

So, we're celebrating everything Houston this month, and reminding everyone that as lucky as we were, there are a lot of folks still needing help. So pitch in – find a cause and help out, because together we're Houston Strong.

Pilots – any and every aircraft is welcome on the ramp. We've got friendly people in the tower who enjoy our fly-in about as much as we do. If you've never been to a Class Bravo before, now is a great time to pair up with a pilot pal and add this to your logbook! Let us know you're coming! Once you land, just ask to park at the Museum or the old terminal and you'll be directed right to us. A landing on runway 17/35 will afford you the shortest taxi and highest likelihood of your plane being photographed!

While you are here, visit with the nice folks from Sam Houston Corvette Club. This club was founded in 1993, and their active leadership coordinates gorgeous drives through the Hill Country, car show appearances, and parties for the Corvettes owned by its nearly 200 families.

Wings and Wheels is from 11 am to 3 pm the third Saturday of each month and has a different theme each month.

Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, and includes access to the Museum, static aircraft and vehicle displays, and supervised access to the ramp. Admission is waived for visitors who fly in, or who drive in with a classic car.

December

The Museum will be closed for construction beginning on December 11, 2017. If all goes as expected we anticipate reopening on January 15, 2018.

Although the museum will be closed for tours our staff and volunteers are still available to answer your calls and emails. You can still purchase Win Your Own Plane raffle tickets online, schedule a group tour, and we can still assist you in booking a private event.

We thank you all for your continued support and can’t wait to be back better than ever! We will keep you all updated as construction progresses. Happy Holidays! Click this link for more information.