1940 Air Terminal Museum blog

Historic Air Terminal partners with Local Artist to Showcase History in a New Way

Monday, May 20, 2019
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amy Rogers – Executive Director
Phone:  (713) 454-1940 or (281) 806-8794
Email: amy.rogers@1940airterminal.org

Historic Air Terminal partners with Local Artist to Showcase History in a New Way

GONZO247 joins forces with the 1940 Air Terminal Museum to paint a 1969 airplane

Houston, TX – The 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport will partner with local artist GONZO247 to paint a 1969 Hawker jet. Made possible in part through the City’s Initiative Grant, Gray Reed & McGraw and various private donors, the artist and museum will work together on the 3-dimensional art installation that will feature GONZO’s bright and colorful design with nuggets of Houston history hidden throughout the mural artwork. The jet currently resides in front of the museum’s entrance.

Painting will begin on Thursday, May 23, 2019 and is expected to end on Sunday, June 2. The museum invites the general public to observe a live demonstration by GONZO on Saturday, June 1 at 11am. Originally conceived by Executive Director, Amy Rogers, the project represents the 1940 Air Terminal’s commitment to preserving the historic landmark building while showcasing the multidisciplinary use of the space. “The true success of the art project will be measured by the ways we are able to engage the public at large and build bridges in the Houston community,” commented Rogers. The museum actively engaged with multiple organizations, including the Hobby Area Management District and Houston Botanic Garden, throughout the Houston Hobby area to submit suggestions on symbols to be placed throughout the mural representing the community at large.

Opened on September 28, 1940 the air terminal, designed by architect Joseph Finger, served as the administration building for the airport and supported airline operations and air traffic control functions. The first airline tenants were Eastern Airlines and Braniff Airways. In a few short years air travel grew exponentially, and the terminal ceased airline operations in 1956. The building was completely abandoned by 1978 and was left vacant until its resurgence as the 1940 Air Terminal Museum in 2004. Local graffiti artist Mario Figueroa Jr., best known as GONZO247, strives to educate communities through engagement, advocacy, and street art /mural tours in order to promote the positive aspects of the graffiti art form. While his art is on display throughout the Houston architectural landscape, this will be the first time the artist has taken on a transforming an aircraft. “When I first saw the jet, I couldn’t believe that it was going to be my canvas! I have transformed cars and even beer silos, but this is a project of a whole different scale.”

Once a mode of transportation for a company to conduct business all over the country, the 1969 Hawker jet was donated to the museum as a way to draw people into the museum as they are driving past. The jet has been the first thing to welcome people into the museum parking lot for many years. The museum is now taking this concept a step further by encouraging visitor participation through turning this cool business jet into a piece of beautiful art.

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is located at 8325 Travelair Street, Houston, TX 77061 (west side of Hobby Airport) and is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. Follow the transformation on Facebook and Instagram @1940atm and to stay up to date on the project’s progress.

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Museum closed on Saturday

Friday, April 26, 2019
Filed under: News by Blair

The museum will be closed on Saturday April 27 for a private event.

If you are looking for a unique venue for your event, check out the private events section of our website for all the details.

http://www.1940airterminal.org/events/private/

Jeff Weiss

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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April 23, 2019

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society, it is with genuine sadness we report we have lost a dear friend. Jeff Weiss, a lifetime museum member, a major benefactor, ardent supporter and former board member has gone west.

Jeff was a philanthropist whose patronage of the museum was demonstrated not only in his generous financial support but in his dedication to the museum’s educational mission. Jeff particularly loved introducing aviation and the wonder of flight to young and old. He was instrumental in the early success of the museum and his untiring efforts on the museum’s behalf will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeff, his family and friends as well as with the family and friends of the individuals who perished in this devastating accident.

With our deepest condolences,

Amy Rogers
Executive Director
1940 Air Terminal Museum

Jeff Weiss sitting in his Beechcraft Bonanza on the ramp of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, geting ready to depart.
On this day, June 27, 2010, Jeff, along with Captain A.J. High, would give a presentation called “Meet the pilot”, where each would talk about their careers and adventures in aviation to a captive audience at the monthly Wings & Wheels event at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum.

The raffle plane has been upgraded!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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The raffle plane recently got an upgrade, it is now compliant with the FAA 2020 ADS-B out mandate.

It now features the uAvionix SkyBeacon!

https://uavionix.com/products/skybeacon/

Get your chance to win this airplane here!

http://www.1940airterminal.org/TheHangar/RafflePlane/N6545R/

Giving Tuesday

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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The 1940 Air Terminal Museum, a project of the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society, is demonstrating the impact of aviation on Houston’s history and economic development through the prism of architectural beauty.

Join us today, on #GivingTuesday, in supporting our mission and sending the message that this place matters!

All donations made through Facebook today are eligible for matching funds through an initiative being led by Facebook and Paypal.

Please consider making a gift, of any amount, to help support our 2019 programming efforts and share our fundraiser with your family and friends to help spread the word.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the museum and for helping us save a Houston treasure!

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