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Wings and Wheels – February 2013 – Chopper Day!

Wednesday, February 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 this Saturday, February 16 and join us for another Wings and Wheels! This month our theme is Chopper Day – that means whirlybirds and motorbikes!


 

Memorial Hermann LifeFlight1940 ATMHouston Police Department
Helicopters do a lot of great work for us every day. Our returning guests include the LifeFlight air ambulance from Memorial Hermann and a Houston Police Department helicopter. These are two fine examples of helicopters with missions of public service. Naturally, our former construction-lift 1958 Sikorsky S-58 will be on display.

We also expect to have some helicopters ready to serve you immediately. We are welcoming HSI, Helicopter Services Inc. HSI provides transportation, maintenance, and training – maybe they might get you started on becoming a helicopter pilot yourself.


Helicopter Services, Inc.
Other past guests have included the SkyFox News Helicopter, a Vietnam-Era UH-1 Huey, a US Coast Guard Dauphine, Vertex Aviation Group, and many more! Come see what flies in, or fly in yourself and ask to park at the Museum! It may be helicopter day but your aircraft is always welcome at Wings and Wheels.

We are expecting to see a number of motorcycles on our Wheel side, maybe a chopper or two among the bunch? Not only that, but some fine cars from the NW Houston Vette-Rods are planning on visiting on Saturday.

HangarTalk 9-5-0

Also visiting us this day will be HSI’s Captain Mike Landry, who you can hear live every Sunday at 10am on the Hangar Talk 950 radio show on The 950 AM in Houston and on iHeartRadio, or darned near anytime you feel like on their podcasts.


When you get a look at our beautiful 1969 Piper Cherokee 140, you will see why buying a $50 raffle ticket is a great idea! Proceeds go to help with Museum operations, and once we hold the raffle, your ticket might get you that plane!

Find out more about N95244!


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.
This month our regular vendor is taking a well-deserved break, so we are welcoming the culinary stylings of St. John’s Fire!

St. John's Fire

Wings & Wheels December – HoustonSpotters & Museum Volunteer Appreciation Day

Friday, December 7, 2012
Filed under: News, Wings & Wheels by Blair

HoustonSpotters & Museum Volunteer Appreciation Day (12-17-2011)

This month we turn our attention to those who turn their attention to airplanes and airports. If you love planes, we are right there with you! A plane spotter can be anyone from the families who enjoy Hobby’s public viewing areas, to folks who like to jot down tail numbers, to those who improve their own craft photographing these flying craft. Why do you like to look at planes? Maybe you love refining your photgraphy techniques, and hope your shot is picked by a magazine or airline. Maybe you want to see how much of an airline’s fleet you can see, and later compare notes with your fellow spotters.

Maybe you just like watching these things take to the air, and share that enjoyment with your family.

HoustonSpotters.Net is a website dedicated to plane spotting in Houston.

HoustonSpotters day is all about plane spotting and photography. Ramp tours of Hobby will be arranged, and groups of people will be taken around the field to spot planes and take photos.

We also like to recognize the hard work our volunteers do all year for our museum, whether helping our monthly fly-ins come together, or staffing the museum the other 290-something days of the year.

Stop by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport and let’s see what flys in! We will have a few Ops tours scheduled so that you can see our great airport from a different angle. Be someone out standing in our field! Indoors, volunteer Michael Bludworth will entertain you with Houston aviation history and trivia! Brush up on those rare aircraft and fun facts, and he’ll try to stump you!

Wings and Wheels – November 2012 – Texas Raiders Day!

Saturday, November 10, 2012
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, November 17 and join us for another Wings and Wheels!

This month we are honored to welcome the B-17G “Texas Raiders” to our ramp, fresh from another great display at Wings Over Houston! This aircraft is not only a wonderful example of the numerous bombers that helped win the second World War… it is also a wonderful example of the results of the tireless efforts by volunteers such as those in the Commemorative Air Force, Gulf Coast Wing, to preserve and restore these great pieces of aviation history.


CAF - Gulf Coast Wing - Texas Raiders

“Texas Raiders” is a very hardworking plane, not only during its service to this country from 1945 to 1955, not only during its service as a civilian aerial photo platform from 1957 to 1967, but also for its longest tour, from 1967 to today as one of the many historical aircraft the CAF operates. After two major restorations and several awards on the airshow circuit, the ‘TR’ took a much needed breather and was once again disassembled and restored. They wrapped up the restoration just two hangars down from the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, emerging once again in 2009 to rejoin the CAF fleet. We at the Museum were very happy to see TR undergoing its taxi tests right down Taxiway Golf!

“Texas Raiders” will be on display on our ramp and will be selling rides! There are only eleven airworthy B-17s in the world, don’t miss your chance to ride on one! Please visit The CAF Gulf Coast Wing and click on ‘B-17 Airplane Rides’ for more information.


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

While we’re at it, also fresh from its unveiling at Wings Over Houston is this year’s Raffle Plane! Our sixth plane is a super-nice Piper Cherokee 140. With recent interior work and very recent paint, it’s hard to believe it’s a 1969 aeroplane.

Find out more about N95244!


On the car side we’re welcoming Houston JeepPeople, a family-oriented club that was formed in 2008 dedicated to four-wheeling and enjoying their Jeeps! Among their goals are promoting “Jeeping” as wholesome family fun, practicing ethical, environmentally-conscious use of public and private lands, and supporting the Tread Lightly program from the Texas Motorized Trails Coalition.

Learn about the great offroad fun that you can find in our wonderful state with these great people! As they say, it’s not just about the Jeep, it’s about the people!

Houston JeepPeople


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 – October 2012 – Flying Club Day!

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Filed under: News, Wings & Wheels by rich

Come on by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport this Saturday, October 20 and join us for another Wings and Wheels! This month we are welcoming a thriving local flying club to our ramp: The Bay Area Aero Club based out of Pearland Airport!

BAAC has been around since 1979, and have grown to 165 members and eight aircraft. Their members, as one would expect, range from student pilots to multi-engine certified pilots. They’re a great example of a thriving and busy flying club, and we welcome them to our Museum! Flying Clubs such as this are another great way to save money, and have fun while earning your wings!

And in the Wheel department, we are looking forward to a visit from some of the members of the West Houston Muscle car club, a haven for muscle-car enthusiasts of every make. We hope you spend plenty of time admiring their wide variety of cool cars and hot rods!

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.

Wings & Wheels – Welcoming the CAF Houston Wing! (8-18-2012)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Filed under: News, Wings & Wheels by Blair

Join us Saturday, August 18 at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum for our monthly open house and fly-in.

We’re welcoming the Commemorative Air Force, Houston Wing, from West Houston Airport (KIWS) to our ramp!

Look for their C-60A Lodestar “Goodtime Gal”, joining our own Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar N31G on the ramp. “Goodtime Gal” is bringing a bunch of her friends too, so come on by and meet everyone!

Lockheed’s beautiful Lodestar Model 18 was intended to compete with the DC-3, and while many were impressed into service for World War II, the C-60A models were purpose-built for the military.

The Museum’s N31G started life as a C-60A in 1942, and flew for the advanced glider school in Long Beach before its stints at TACA Airlines and as an executive aircraft. The CAF Houston Wing’s C-60A Lodestar was built in 1943 and served as a paratroop transport. After an extensive restoration, the CAF C-60A returned to flight on August 26.

It will be great to have these siblings together once again on our own ramp, and almost at the one-year anniversary of CAF Houston Wing’s return of this beautiful plane to the sky. Check our website to find out more about other CAF Houston Wing aircraft which will visit.

We will also be presenting this year’s raffle plane winner, Michael Little of Omaha, Nebraska with his new plane!  We will do this tentatively around 2pm.

2012-08 Wings & Wheels Flyer

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