1940 Air Terminal Museum blog

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

Wings and Wheels – July 2012 – Raffle Day!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), News, Raffle Plane, Raffle Plane 5.0 - N4285F, Wings & Wheels by rich

Stop by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum on Saturday, July 21, and join us for this month’s Wings and Wheels!
July 21 is Raffle Day, one of our most exciting Wings and Wheels, when we get to give some lucky ticketholder the keys to their very own plane!

N4285F can be yours for the price of a raffle ticket!

Our fifth Raffle Plane is a beautiful polished-aluminum, white and black 1958 Cessna 172, and is fun to fly. As with all our raffle planes, Raffle Plane 5.0 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 N4285F!
Win this plane on Saturday!

Out front, as you walk up to the Museum, pause to marvel at the fantastic vehicles that will be on display from a local vintage firetruck club!

Leah White and the Magic Mirrors - children's songs and fun for all

Indoors, we are lucky to have wonderful music from Leah White and the Magic Mirrors. They’ve put together a fine bunch of children’s songs about landmarks around Houston, including one song about our very own Museum! They’re a lot of fun wherever they go, so make sure you give them a listen!

The Museum opens at 10 and Wings and Wheels officially takes place from 11 until 3. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 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? Come on by and get free admission too! Lunch is served separately by a locally operated mobile food vendor.

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.

Lunch will be available 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!

Wings & Wheels photos are up!

Friday, June 22, 2012
Filed under: News, Wings & Wheels by Blair

Check out the photos from this month’s Wings & Wheels!


Wings & Wheels – Beechcraft Day!

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Filed under: News, Wings & Wheels by Blair

Beechcraft Day (6-16-2012 11 am – 3 pm)

Calling all Beechcraft!
Since Walter Beech came out with his first airplane, the Beechcraft Company has come out with many, many types of aircraft, and has established themselves as the lead manufacturer of aircraft for fast, safe, private transportation.

On this Wings & Wheels day, we pay tribute to this great company and line of aircraft by welcoming Beechcraft of all models to the museum. From early-model Staggerwings to late-model King Airs and BeechJets, we welcome them all!

Wings and Wheels – April 2012 – Support HobbyFest Day!

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), Events, News, Wings & Wheels by rich

Stop by Hobby Airport on Saturday, April 21,
but head over to HobbyFest
Wings and Wheels is taking a day off to join in the festivities across the field!

HobbyFest 2012

We will be operating a normal Museum day over at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum from 10 to 5, so stop by when you can. We will have a limited number of free passes to HobbyFest to give away. If you’d like to head straight on over, feel free to!
Speaking of free, your entry to HobbyFest is free if you present them with five brand new pens or pencils to help benefit The Pencil Project.

HobbyFest is on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Northeast Ramp.

From the Museum:

  • head north on Telephone Road,
  • turn right on Airport Boulevard,
  • turn right onto Monroe,
  • turn right onto Panair Street,
  • then turn LEFT at the T intersection (that street is also called Monroe!),
  • and finally make a right onto Nelms Street.
  • You will probably see volunteers in vests directing traffic, but if not, you are heading to 8402 Nelms #5, where Angel Flight is.

    Our beautiful Lockheed Lodestar N31G will be on display, and we are also expecting to have this year’s Raffle Plane 5.0 N4285F on display as well! They will be joining a great lineup of planes:

    Boeing 727
    1960s Cessna 172
    1960s Piper Comanche 250 (PA-24)
    1960s Piper Arrow (PA 28R)
    King Air 350
    Cessna Excel
    Huey Helicopter

    Not only that, but HobbyFest has these things planned:

    Southwest Airlines 737 – free tours
    Souvenir Photos: (Prices TBD)
    Games & Challenges – such as a Baggage Handler Race
    Family Health – Blood Pressure Screening and BMI Testing
    Kid Zone – Moonwalks, Face Painting, Mad Science Exhibit, Balloon Artist
    Raffle Prizes – ranging from roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines to theater and arts tickets, local eatery gift certificates and a flight simulator demo

    The Museum will be open from 10am to 5pm. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children. Fly your plane in and admission to the Museum is free!

    Calling all Members – Meet your HAHS Board and your fellow members! You are hopefully aware that The Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society is the organization that formed to preserve and share Houston’s rich aviation history, and were the organization that started the 1940 Air Terminal Museum for all to enjoy. Its Board of Directors (some newly elected) will be having a meeting at the Museum, beginning at 10:00 am Saturday.

    Find out more about becoming a Member of the Museum!

    Although today is just a normal Museum day, we WILL still have our locally operated mobile food vendor onsite. Flaming Patties will be back 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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