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