Come down and join us as we give away our 2011 raffle plane, a beautiful red & silver Cessna 172!
If you can’t join us, you can view the live stream of the giveaway here.
July 16 is fast approaching. Have you bought your tickets yet? This month’s Wings and Wheels theme is Raffle Day, and that means that we get to give some lucky ticketholder the keys to this year’s Raffle Plane!
Our fourth Raffle Plane is a vintage 1957 Cessna 172, and has been a joy to spend time with. As with all our raffle planes, Raffle Plane 4.0 is a vintage plane that is in great shape and is ready to keep bringing the joy of flight to its owner for a long time.
The Museum opens at 10 and Wings and Wheels officially starts at 11. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and includes access to the Museum, static aircraft and vehicle displays. Fly your plane in and admission is free! Have a vintage car? We’ll knock half off admission if you bring it by.
Lunch will be served around noon, just in time to rest and enjoy our regular 12:30 presentation on aviation history by volunteer Michael Bludworth. Learn about the early days of Houston Municipal Airport as well as Houston’s rich aviation history.
It’s going to be a hot day, so make sure you wear your sunscreen!
The Cleveland Aviators Aero Club invited us to attend their fly-in on July 2, 2011. We contacted the organizers and asked if we could come by and sell tickets, and they said sure!
The summary of the day was that it was HOT! However, that didn’t stop the people from coming out and enjoying the fly-in. There was a flour bombing competition, along with a spot landing competition.
Museum volunteers Rebecca Carroll, Max Tribolet, and Blair McFarlain set out in N8175B from Hobby. Since IAH was landing to the west and we had arrivals coming in from the northeast, ATC routed us to the south of Hobby and to the south of Ellington. It was a nice clear day, and we got to see the bay!
We were routed well east of the landings at IAH, but still got to see a few of the planes landing as they passed overhead.
Once we arrived, we met up with Devon, one of the organizers, and got set up to sell. We ran into a few friends, Phil Cushing in his white & blue Cessna 120, as well as Gary Evans, of Coats & Evans in the company car, Twin Commander N799CE.
The trip was a great success with us selling 13 tickets in all! Cleveland is a close destination, and the less we spend in fuel, the more money we make for the museum! We even ran into one gentleman who had already bought a ticket a few days before, and it turns out that Rebecca was the one he spoke to! Small world!
After all the festivities were over, we packed up and headed out. We checked Airnav.com for the cheapest fuel prices, and found that Baytown was it. We took off, and after dodging a small rain cell, we made our way down to Baytown. When we arrived, a line guy offered to help us fuel at the self-serve pump. He was very nice, and said that the fuel is available 24/7 but if they’re there during the day, they will come out and help you fuel. We definitely appreciated the hospitality, and the cheap fuel, and will certainly be back. It was only a short trip back to Hobby from there.
This Saturday, June 4, 2011, you can find us at the Coulter Airfield Aviation Expo!
The expo is from 10 am to 5 pm at Coulter Airfield (KCFD), just three miles northeast of Bryan, Texas on highway TX-21 / US-190. This event will feature vintage aircraft, warbirds, experimental and Light Sport Aircraft. Not only that, but in the skies above the static displays will be demonstrations including a great formation flying show by the Falcon Flight Formation Team. The Commemorative Air Force, Devil Dog Squadron’s PBJ1-J out of Georgetown, TX is scheduled to be selling rides. The expo is hosting Fore Flight Software, who will have two “Flying with iPad” seminars at the FBO conference room. For more information about attending the event, visit the link above.
Plus, of course, you can buy a chance to win a plane from us! The Museum’s beautiful fourth raffle plane will be flying in to join the festivities and will be on display at the expo. Stop by and pick up your ticket! You’ll be helping us restore the 1940 Air Terminal Museum building, and you might end up with your very own airplane come raffle day!