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Wings and Wheels – March 2012 – Grumman Day!

Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Stop by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum on Saturday, March 17, and join us for this month’s Wings and Wheels!
Come see the flying cats from Grumman!

American Aviation started making planes such as the Yankee in 1969, and as the years passed, Grumman and Gulfstream stepped in to upgrade and evolve the design, building aircraft such as the Trainer, Lynx, Traveler, Cheetah, Tiger and Cougar.

Production of the last of the original line of Tigers ended in 1979, but they enjoyed a revival in 1990 from American General, and again from 2001 to 2007 by Tiger Aircraft, LLC. Whoever the manufacturer, nowadays we call them all Grummans. And these zippy low-wing planes maintain a strong following, from pilot/owners to service/support, with decades of expertise available at our former Hobby neighbor Fletcher Aviation, now FletchAir, able to build from scratch what they cannot find used.

We are pleased to welcome FletchAir’s own Larry and Maybelle Fletcher, the Flying Fletchers, to visit with you in our Atrium. Also visiting is Scott Banders of the South Central Region of the International Grumman American Pilot’s Association (AYA), who are planning to bring a bunch of planes to our ramp. Schedule permitting we may have one of the newest Grummans gracing our ramp straight from FletchAir’s new home at Silver Wings Fly-In Ranch (TS36).

Join us on the third Saturday of March at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby, and let’s see what the cats fly in.

Check back for updates on this month’s visiting car club!

While you’re here, ask about our latest Raffle Plane! This is the $50 ticket that could get you your own plane! Although it is scheduled to be on display 99 nautical miles away at the Jasper Air Show during Wings and Wheels, you might spot it on return at the end of its busy day.

Raffle Plane 4.0 N4285F

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!

The Museum opens at 10 and Wings and Wheels officially starts at 11. 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.