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Wings and Wheels – July 2013 – Raffle Day!

Saturday, July 13, 2013
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), News, Wings & Wheels by rich

Come on by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport on Saturday, July 20 and join us for another Wings and Wheels. This month our Raffle Plane takes center stage! It’s Raffle Day!

Your airplane awaits you!

N95244 is waiting for you!  This plane can be yours for the price of a raffle ticket!

Tickets are still available for $50 until noon on Friday, July 19. You can buy them right here on the website, or stop by, or call in and get in the running!

Our sixth Raffle Plane is a beautiful, white 1969 Piper Cherokee 140B with red and blue stripes. It’s a looker inside and out, and is great in the air. As with all our raffle planes, Raffle Plane 6.0 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.

Find out more about N95244!

Win this plane on Saturday!


Vintage Thunderbirds of Houston

We’ve invited the Vintage Thunderbirds of Houston to bring their beautiful vintage land craft to show off as well. VTOH exists to encourage the preservation, restoration, and enjoyment of Ford Thunderbirds. If you have a Thunderbird and need some information or advice, these folks can help! Come see their beautiful cars!


Wings and Wheels is from 11 am to 3 pm the third Saturday of each month and has a different theme each month.

Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, and includes access to the Museum, static aircraft and vehicle displays, and supervised access to the ramp. Admission is waived for visitors who fly in, or who drive in with a classic car. Lunch is available from a local mobile food vendor.

Flaming Patties - Serious Gourmet Burgers

Flaming Patties will be onsite with their delicious gourmet burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches! Find out more at their Facebook page or follow them (around town!) on Twitter.

Wings and Wheels – June 2013 – Porsche 356 Day

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), News, Wings & Wheels by rich

Come on by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport on Saturday, June 15 and join us for another Wings and Wheels! Every month we help make it possible to get up close to real planes and talk to real pilots at a busy commercial airport!

Spring is blooming all across central Texas, and beautiful flying days abound. Are you a pilot? Make the 1940 Air Terminal YOUR destination, and enjoy showing off your plane at the original terminal building for Houston Hobby Airport!

Any and all aircraft are welcome on our ramp, so in pure fly-in fashion, we are expecting a variety of privately-owned aircraft.

Or enjoy the warm sun (before it gets TOO warm) and drive on up. We will have the Lone Star 356 Club joining us with their beautiful 356-powered Porsches shining in the sun.

Lone Star 356 Club


N95244 can be yours for the price of a raffle ticket!

Have you seen this year’s Raffle Plane? Our beautiful 1969 Piper Cherokee 140B will make some lucky ticketholder fly high in July! A $50 raffle ticket could become your ticket to the joy of aviation! Hurry, only one month left!

Find out more about N95244!

Now you can buy your raffle ticket, or make a donation to the Museum, online via our website!


Wings and Wheels is from 11 am to 3 pm the third Saturday of each month and has a different theme each month.

Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, and includes access to the Museum, static aircraft and vehicle displays, and supervised access to the ramp. Admission is waived for visitors who fly in, or who drive in with a classic car. Lunch is available from a local mobile food vendor.

Flaming Patties - Serious Gourmet Burgers

Flaming Patties will be onsite with their delicious gourmet burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches! Find out more at their Facebook page or follow them (around town!) on Twitter.

Wings and Wheels – May 2013 – Learn to Fly Day!

Saturday, May 18, 2013
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), News, Wings & Wheels by rich

Come on by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport on Saturday, May 18 and join us for another Wings and Wheels! It’s Learn to Fly Day!

The EAA announced International Learn to Fly Day in 2009 with the aim of growing the pilot population and educating the public about the importance and value of the airports in their communities. Many people don’t know what it takes to earn their wings. For many, flying is only something one daydreams about, and it is up to pilots to invite others ‘across the fence’ and show them what it is all about. Airports as well are great unknowns, but they serve us and our communities – they are ours to visit too!

I too had not understood how someone becomes a pilot till one of my pilot friends took me for my first ride and started explaining how an airplane works. Now the airport is my favorite hangout and every plane that flies above makes me want to head there.

For Learn to Fly Day, we’re inviting area flight schools and flying clubs to visit the original terminal building at Hobby Airport and help us remove the mystery about becoming a pilot.

We’ve invited the AOPA Central Southwest Regional Manager Yasmina Platt to join us.

We have also invited our friends from The Bay Area Aero Club, a non-profit flying club based at Pearland Airport. Since their founding in 1979, they have grown to 165 members and at least seven aircraft. BAAC is a non-profit flying club that provides a LOT for their members, and we’re inviting them for Learn to Fly day because they help make it easy for their members to learn to fly. They’re a great example of a thriving and busy flying club, and we welcome them to our Museum!

Also visiting us, weather and schedule permitting, is Flight Instructor Mark Congco-Antoine, CFI, CFII, ATP, and owner of Crazy Eight Aviation, LLC. He’s one of the valuable pilots over at Texas Children’s Hospital, and teaches at David Wayne Hooks Airport out in Spring, Texas (up in what we call northwest Houston).

The Bay Area Aero Club1940 ATMCrazy Eight Aviation, LLC


N95244 could be yours for the cost of a $50 raffle ticket!

The largest expense for flight training is airplane time. What if you won a plane? Our Raffle Plane, a beautifully maintained 1969 Piper Cherokee 140, is a fine plane to learn in. Some lucky ticketholder will win it in July, maybe sooner if all 2500 tickets sell out! One previous raffle winner DID get his license in the plane he won. A $50 raffle ticket could become your ticket to the joy of aviation!

Find out more about N95244!

You can buy your raffle ticket, or make a donation to the Museum, online via our website!


Wings and Wheels is from 11 am to 3 pm the third Saturday of each month and has a different theme each month.

Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, and includes access to the Museum, static aircraft and vehicle displays, and supervised access to the ramp. Admission is waived for visitors who fly in, or who drive in with a classic car. Lunch is available from a local mobile food vendor.

Flaming Patties - Serious Gourmet Burgers

Flaming Patties will be onsite with their delicious gourmet burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches! Find out more at their Facebook page or follow them (around town!) on Twitter.

Wings and Wheels – April 2013 – Piper Day!

Friday, March 29, 2013
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), News, Wings & Wheels by rich

Come on by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport on Saturday, April 20 and join us for another Wings and Wheels! This month we are calling all Pipers for Piper Day!

We’re expecting several planes to visit from members of Cherokee Chat, where owners share tips and advice on maintenance and upgrades. A bunch of Cherokee Chat members will head to Oshkosh in July – if you’d like to join them, visit the Cherokees to Oshkosh site.

Also joining us may be some members of the Piper Owner Society, another great resource for owners of all types of aircraft proudly bearing the Piper badge.


Piper Aircraft started out in 1927 as the Taylor Brothers Aircraft Manufacturing Company, the same Taylor that would give its name to the Taylorcraft, or T-Craft. These were pioneering days for aviation and for businessmen, and when the company, now called Taylor Brothers Aircraft Corporation, filed for bankruptcy in 1930, key investor William T. Piper bought it. A Harvard graduate, veteran of the Spanish-American War, veteran of WWI, and oil industry engineer, he would become known as the “Henry Ford of Aviation”. His first role at the new Taylor Aircraft Company was secretary-treasurer, and Piper kept Clarence Gilbert Taylor in the role of President. The two shared a dream to open up aviation to the average American. In 1930 they produced an aircraft intended to encourage the growth of private aviation: the E-2 Cub.

You read that correctly. It wasn’t until after Piper and Taylor parted ways in 1935, after a spat over modifications that produced a J-2 model, that the venerable J-3 Cub was produced. Taylorcraft Aircraft Company formed that year as well and would produce an aircraft that served with the J-3s in WWII, and under various reorganizations, continue to produce affordable small aircraft into the 2000s in exotic places such as LaGrange and Brownsville, TX. The J-3 however was a landmark aircraft that has been so loved that new variants are continuing to be produced as LSAs with modern touches.

Piper’s company was not without its own reorganizations, with its founder replaced in 1946 with Chrysler ex-exec William Shriver. William Piper would regain control of his namesake company in 1950 and re-energize it, helped by a new contract for Cubs for the Korean War.

By this time Piper Aircraft had acquired Stinson Aircraft and developed one of their designs as the PA-23 Apache. The Apache would start a trend that Piper is known for, honoring the great native peoples of the Americas by giving their names to craft that would cross the sky: Apache. Pawnee. Commanche. Cherokee. Aztec. Navajo. Cheyenne. Seneca. Seminole.

The Piper Tomahawk was a popular alternative to the Cessna 152 in the flight training market. Today’s Archer and Arrow derived from the Cherokee, which also produced two twin-engine lines: the Seminole and the six-place Seneca.

The Cub line continued as the Super Cub, with aircraft such as the Caribbean, Colt, Pacer and Tri-Pacer deriving from it.

For a very short time Piper entered the LSA market by partnering with Czech Aircraft Works to import the PiperSport LSA (still available from CZAW as the SportCruiser). Piper continued to generate excitement in general aviation by developing the technically successful but cancelled PA-47 PiperJet (Altaire) project.

However, Piper’s own designs have continued to prove their longevity, and remain among the manufacturer’s current offerings: the Seneca V, Seminole, Arrow, Archer, and the Malibu aircraft line, including the Matrix, Meridian, and Mirage.


N95244 could be yours for the cost of a $50 raffle ticket!

Our own Raffle Plane, the Museum’s sixth giveaway of a wonderful vintage airplane, is a beautifully maintained 1969 Piper Cherokee 140. N95244 may be our first to sell out tickets, thanks to the hard efforts of our volunteers to promote the aircraft, the excellent quality of the plane inside and out, and healthy online sales that were not possible until this year.

Find out more about N95244!

You can buy your raffle ticket, or make a donation to the Museum, online via our website!


Wings and Wheels is from 11 am to 3 pm the third Saturday of each month and has a different theme each month.

Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, and includes access to the Museum, static aircraft and vehicle displays, and supervised access to the ramp. Admission is waived for visitors who fly in, or who drive in with a classic car. Lunch is available from a local mobile food vendor.

Flaming Patties - Serious Gourmet Burgers

Flaming Patties will be onsite with their delicious gourmet burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches! Find out more at their Facebook page or follow them (around town!) on Twitter.

Wings and Wheels – March 2013 – RISE ABOVE Day!

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), News, Wings & Wheels by rich

Come on by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport this Saturday, March 16 and join us for another Wings and Wheels! This month we have a four-day buildup to Wings and Wheels: Enjoy the RISE ABOVE Travelling Exhibit from Tuesday, March 12 through Saturday, and learn the history and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen as presented by the CAF Red Tail Squadron! On Saturday we will have the RISE ABOVE Travelling Exhibit plus the B-17 ‘Texas Raiders’!



The RISE ABOVE Travelling Exhibit

The RISE ABOVE Travelling Exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to learn and be inspired by the story of the Tuskegee Airmen while being immersed in a theatrical experience. The exhibit is a mobile big-screen theater presenting a short original movie, “RISE ABOVE”, which focuses on the challenges these young men had to overcome to be allowed to fly and fight for their country in World War II. The exhibit reflects the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s educational mission of showing guests, especially young people, amazing possibilities. “The overall message is about rising above adversity to reach your potential no matter your circumstances; the film uses the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the story of the Red Tail Squadron to inspire young people to achieve their potential,” said Brad Lang of the CAF Red Tail Squadron. “But the message resonates with all ages because of the unique and interactive way it is told. This is an experience you won’t want to miss.”

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is proud to host this exhibit, and we thank sponsors including Texas Flying Legends Museum, Universal Weather and Aviation, and Gulf Coast Aviation for sponsoring their visit.

CAF - Gulf Coast Wing - Texas Raiders

On Saturday for Wings and Wheels we will be joined by our friends Texas Raiders, the magnificent B-17G maintained and operated by the CAF Gulf Coast Wing. The “TR” are starting their 2013 tour and will make us their second stop, fresh from the Brownsville Air Fiesta. There are only eleven airworthy B-17s in the WORLD. Be among the first to ride a B-17 this year – Wings and Wheels is actually the first stop on the 2013 tour that they will sell rides on!

As always, we welcome any and all aircraft to our ramp. Check back here for updates, or just stop by Houston Hobby Airport on the third Saturday and let’s see what flies in!


N95244 can be yours for the price of a raffle ticket!

Have you seen this year’s Raffle Plane? Our beautiful 1969 Piper Cherokee 140B will make some lucky ticketholder fly high in July! A $50 raffle ticket could become your ticket to the joy of aviation!

Find out more about N95244!

Now you can buy your raffle ticket, or make a donation to the Museum, online via our website!


Wings and Wheels is from 11 am to 3 pm the third Saturday of each month and has a different theme each month.

Normally, Wings and Wheels admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, but during the visit by the RISE ABOVE exhibit, admission is FREE from Tuesday March 12 through Saturday March 16! The Museum is entirely supported by the generosity of sponsors and public donations, so please consider making a donation during your visit.

Enjoy the visiting display and the Museum for free from Tuesday through Friday.

On Saturday, enjoy access to the Museum, static aircraft and vehicle displays, and supervised access to the ramp. B17 rides are arranged by the CAF Gulf Coast Wing, via their website or from their mobile PX which will be at the Museum on Saturday. Please visit The CAF Gulf Coast Wing and click on ‘B-17 Airplane Rides’ for more information.

Lunch on Saturday is available from a local mobile food vendor.

Flaming Patties - Serious Gourmet Burgers

Flaming Patties will be onsite with their delicious gourmet burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches! Find out more at their Facebook page or follow them (around town!) on Twitter.

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