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2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Filed under: News by Blair

Recognized as a Top Performing Museum as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Houston, Texas – 6, June, 2015 – The 1940 Air Terminal Museum at William P. Hobby Airport today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at The 1940 Air Terminal Museum and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Amy Rogers, Managing Director at The 1940 Air Terminal Museum. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our museum and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Click here for the official press release.

360 Video tour

Friday, May 15, 2015
Filed under: News by Blair

We are happy to announce a new feature to our website!  You can now take a 360° video tour of our museum and hangar!

Click the image below to take the tour.  Your mouse cursor will be a small circle, and you can click and drag the image anywhere you like, and can use your mouse wheel to zoom in and out.

You can also find the link on our menu bar at the top of the page under Visit the museum.


Here are a few tips for navigating around:

You will see buttons like these throughout the tour.  Clicking on them will bring up images or additional information about that area.

On the front door is an arrow that will take you over to the hangar.  Once in the hangar, you’ll see another arrow that will take you back to the museum.

In the top right corner is a button to mute the music:

Near the bottom center of the tour is a large grey button.  If you hover over this, the other controls will appear.

Once you hover over the grey button, more will appear.  Most are self-explanatory with moving and zooming, but here are a few descriptions:
Full screen

Turn automatic rotation on or off.

Please consider giving today

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Filed under: News by Blair

Give today!

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the terminal’s opening and we could not be more excited! Because of you we have been successful in not only saving the beautiful art deco Houston Municipal Airport but we have been able to keep its history alive! We look forward to sharing in this joyous occasion with all of you throughout the year in 2015. Give today and help to ensure that the 1940 Air Terminal Museum continues to thrive and prosper.

2014 At a Glance…

2014 was a great year for the 1940 Air Terminal Museum and we have all of you to thank!

Here are some of the highlights we experienced:

  • Purchase and installation of solar shades on all of the windows on the museum ground floor
  • Painting of the hangar floor
  • Hired an additional employee
  • Named one of Houston’s top 10 wedding venues by CultureMap
  • Sold all 2500 “Win Your Own Plane” raffle tickets for the first time ever
  • Established the museum as a great event venue and created a steady income through this endeavour
  • Completion of a virtual tour of the museum to be utilized on our website
  • Began process of converting our archival records into a digitized system
  • Hosted a successful annual fundraising Gala. Look out for information on our 2015 Gala to be held on September 12th

Aviation Merit Badge program

Monday, August 25, 2014
Filed under: News by Blair

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of museum volunteers, guest speakers, and partnering businesses, the 1940 Air Terminal Museum executed three successful Aviation Merit Badge Workshops between May and July of 2014. Over one hundred Boy Scouts, troop leaders, and parents attended these one day programs, driving from as far as Madisonville and Port Arthur, TX to earn their merit badges! In seven hours, these students learned basic scientific principles of flight, identified functions of various instruments found in a single-engine aircraft, plotted courses on aeronautical charts, and conducted pre-flight inspections of our Cessna 172 Raffle Plane. Participants also had a unique opportunity to visit three different aviation and airport operations facilities. Flight Safety International demonstrated training technology available to new generation pilots while both Southwest and United Airlines allowed Scouts to explore the internal structures of commercial airplanes in their Maintenance Hangars. Guest speakers provided personal testimony regarding challenges, benefits, and excitement of careers in aviation, including but not limited to: Air Force pilots and mechanics, Airport Operations Supervisors, Airport Ramp Services, Certified Pilot Instructors, and Commercial Pilots. A surprise appearance by the Hobby Airport Fire Department and free flight-time in commissioned simulators served as finishing touches to this fantastic experience. In all, 63 complete badges and 2 partial badges were awarded to Boy Scouts through our Aviation Merit Badge Workshop.

While no other classes are scheduled at this time, the 1940 Air Terminal Museum hopes to host more Scout programs and educational events in the near future. Please continue to check our website periodically for updates!



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The winner is drawn!

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Filed under: News, Raffle plane 7.0 - N6984X by Blair

This year’s raffle winner has been drawn!

The winner is Michael Fazio of Buffalo Grove, IL. The winning ticket is 2335.

Congratulations to Michael, and THANK YOU to all who supported us for our fundraiser!


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