Cessna Sky King Day – Learn to Fly! (4-16-2011)
Out of the Western Sky comes Sky King! Join us as we celebrate that legendary airplane flying cowboy of yesteryear, Sky King, and his chosen airplanes of choice – Cessnas. See Cessnas new and old, including a rare Cessna Bobcat just like Sky King’s original Songbird. Fly ins are welcome, especially Cessnas.
From the most popular and prolific training airplanes in the world, the Cessna 152 & Cessna 172, to cabin-class twins like the Cessna 421, and even to the fastest civilian jet in the world, the Cessna Citation X, the company that Clyde Cessna started has always and continues to make great airplanes.
On hand to help us celebrate the great tradition of cowboys and airplanes will be a bunch of great folks that we think you’ll be tickled to meet.
We are proud to welcome James Drury, the movie and television legend best known in his role as The Virginian. James will be by to meet people, sign autographs, and enjoy planes with the rest of us (he used to fly his very own Cessna 310 once upon a time). His birthday will be the 18th, wish him a happy one!
Music is not new to the Museum, but this time the event that gets the wonderful band is Wings and Wheels! The New Pioneers are cowboy musicians who will bring us real western music from the 40s – 60s era.
One more cowboy in our crew that day will be Jim Hodges, public speaker and nominee to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Jim has done everything… everything! He has plenty of experiences and great stories to share! (Oh, and he also is a pilot.)
We would like to welcome any and all Cessnas, from early 120′s, 140′s, and 195′s to modern 350′s, 400′s, and jets to our ramp on this day! Of course, any and every plane is always welcome to the 1940 Air Terminal Museum Naturally, we will be displaying the Museum’s fourth Raffle Plane, a vintage 1957 Cessna 172 Skyhawk.
On display will be a rare Cessna T-50, a generous loan to the Museum. Known to some as the Bamboo Bomber, a T-50 was Sky King’s very first Songbird.
Also on this day, come meet representatives from several local flight schools and take the first steps toward realizing your dream of becoming a pilot!