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.