1940 Air Terminal Museum blog

My $50 airplane!

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page) by Blair

One of our raffle plane winners, Michael Little, wrote about his adventure of flying his $50 airplane from Houston to Nebraska!

“We’ve had adventures since then, my “$50 airplane” and I, and I hope we have many more, but that flight back from Houston has been, so far, my most memorable flight.” – Michael Little, winner of raffle plane number 5.

Check out the full article here:


Raffle plane 9.0 delivery

Sunday, September 11, 2016
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), Raffle Plane 9.0 - N7980B, Raffle plane trip reports by Blair

On Saturday September 3, 2016, raffle plane 9.0, N7980B was delivered to Miami, OK to the winner, Mr. Dennis Moore!

Museum president Bernard Morris and volunteer Blair McFarlain delivered the plane to a very happy owner!

Our day started early, with a sunrise pre-flight.


We planned to make one fuel stop in KOSA – Mount Pleasant, TX, which, as we discovered, is also the home of the Mid America Flight Museum!



Bernard approves!



On the ground in Mount Pleasant!


The plane is fueled and ready to go!


Bernard even got in a little bit of planespotting while we walked to see the museum.


LOTS of cool planes in here, we will definitely be back!








When we landed at Miami, OK, we were greeted by an enthusiastic winner and his son.   Mr. Moore is retired from the FAA and is an A&P mechanic and will have a lot of fun with his new plane!



A toast to a job well done while waiting for our flight back to Houston!


Art Deco Jewish wedding in an airport museum and hangar

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page) by Blair

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum would like to share a special thanks to Barry, Talia, and Karen with Smashing The Glass for featuring our venue.

In January, we had the honor of hosting these two special people’s wedding.  Smashing The Glass and Talia’s beautiful recollection of the event made for a wonderful article.

They were able to allow readers to get a true glimpse into the uniqueness and beauty of this wedding.

Thanks to the bride, groom, and all vendors involved, once again the 1940 Air Terminal Museum had an event for the ages.

Read all about it here!



RC Convair 440 donation

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page) by Blair

At the April 2014 Wings & Wheels, a remote controlled, hand built, Convair 440 was donated to the museum by the Balke family.

Up until the time it was donated, it was flying out at Bomber field in Monaville, Texas.

Dana speaks about her father and the field where the plane flew:

Bomber Field was my father’s flying field he built in Monaville, Texas in the early 1980’s.  He had a passion for building models that began when he was a kid and built rubberband-powered model airplanes from balsa wood along with his 4 brothers.  When the radio-controlled kits came about in the 1970’s, Daddy wanted to fly in a place without radio interference.  So he started a club and built a flying field… complete with asphalt runway, grandstands, pilot areas and even a lake for amphibious aircraft  (the lake was rectangle).  There is also an area for radio-controlled tanks as well.

Dad had a grand time with this endeavour and always had a smile on his face.  He made friends everywhere and especially in the flying world.  He was also an avid supporter of the Sunshine Kids and Wounded Warriors  and would always have a raffle to auction off an airplane to raise money for the groups.  He was one of a kind.  We miss him.

Alman A. Weber, (B.B.) was born in Houston, Texas on November 4th, 1928 to Norma and Siegfried Weber. B.B attended Milby High School and the University of Houston.  He married Dorothy Knapp, on August 31st, 1950 and they were married 56 years.

B.B. had many passions in life.  BB’s first love was his family, his beloved wife Dorothy of 56 years, three children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.  BB was also blessed with many, many wonderful friends that he made throughout his lifetime.  In 1962, BB founded Weber Drilling Company.  He built his company from the ground up beginning with the Astrodome and continuing on to lay the foundations for many of the buildings, bridges, and freeways in the greater Houston area.  Last, but not least was his passion for radio controlled airplanes and Bomber Field. He began flying rubber band powered model airplanes on the family farm off Mykawa Road.  He continued to fly for the next 70 years winning awards and recognition at RC flying fields all over the country.  He founded Bomber Field in Monaville, Texas in the early 1980s and it continues to be a premier RC flying field to this day.

What Goes Into a Raffle Drawing?

Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), Raffle Plane by Blair

Our annual airplane raffle is a great way to raise money for the museum, and we take our annual airplane raffle very seriously.


There are a lot of things that need to happen before we draw the winning ticket which is why ticket sales stop at noon on the Friday before the drawing. First, we collect any sold and unsold tickets from our volunteer sales force. Some of our volunteers check out tickets to sell at a variety of aviation events and venues, and we need to get these back, sold or unsold, so they can be accounted for. Next, we need to make sure that the information from all of the tickets that have been sold has been correctly entered into our database. After we end ticket sales the day before the drawing, we conduct a thorough internal audit of every aspect of the raffle. In the course of this audit, we place each sold ticket stub in numerical order and cross-check against the sold tickets we have in our database. We do the same thing with every unsold ticket.

On the raffle day itself, we get an independent accounting firm to donate time and help us to conduct the raffle.  After we do an internal audit, they go back through and check our work. They audit our records and account for and verify every sold and unsold ticket. Once the accountants have verified all of our records and the sold and unsold tickets, the sold ticket stubs go back in the tumbler and the accountants lock it.

This means that whether you buy your ticket on the first or last day of the raffle, it doesn’t matter!  If you buy it on the last day, it won’t be “on top of the pile”, so to speak, they all have to be removed, counted, verified and put back in the tumbler.  Once the accountants are finished with it, they lock the cage until the drawing.  The cage is on display in the atrium throughout the day, and anyone is welcome to give it a spin!

Now comes the fun part – the drawing itself. We typically do this after lunch on the raffle day. We address the crowd and build the anticipation.  The Museum President says a few words about the raffle and thanks the accounting firm for their help, as well as everyone who participated in the raffle.  The money collected from the raffle goes directly to the bottom line to help the museum grow and prosper.  THANK YOU to all who participate!

Then, the big moment arrives. We give the tumbler a few last spins, and a representative from the accounting firm that audits the raffle draws the winning ticket. We announce the winner, meanwhile crossing our fingers that they are present. While the winners of some of our previous raffles were not present, we were able to call them from a telephone that was connected to our sound system for everyone to hear. It’s a fun moment, and the reactions from the winners are priceless.

The first two winners were from the local Houston area and were able to make it to the Museum while our Wings & Wheels – Raffle Day Celebration was still ongoing. After all of the photos have been taken and hands have been shaken, the paperwork gets signed, and the winner flies off into the sunset in their very own airplane!

We hope that this year, the winner will be present at the event and can share the excitement of the drawing with our eager and enthusiastic crowd of visitors and volunteers. Who knows, it could be you! Get your ticket now!

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