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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.
“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.
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.
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!
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 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.