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Wings and Wheels – March 2013 – RISE ABOVE Day!

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), News, Wings & Wheels by rich

Come on by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport this Saturday, March 16 and join us for another Wings and Wheels! This month we have a four-day buildup to Wings and Wheels: Enjoy the RISE ABOVE Travelling Exhibit from Tuesday, March 12 through Saturday, and learn the history and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen as presented by the CAF Red Tail Squadron! On Saturday we will have the RISE ABOVE Travelling Exhibit plus the B-17 ‘Texas Raiders’!



The RISE ABOVE Travelling Exhibit

The RISE ABOVE Travelling Exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to learn and be inspired by the story of the Tuskegee Airmen while being immersed in a theatrical experience. The exhibit is a mobile big-screen theater presenting a short original movie, “RISE ABOVE”, which focuses on the challenges these young men had to overcome to be allowed to fly and fight for their country in World War II. The exhibit reflects the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s educational mission of showing guests, especially young people, amazing possibilities. “The overall message is about rising above adversity to reach your potential no matter your circumstances; the film uses the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the story of the Red Tail Squadron to inspire young people to achieve their potential,” said Brad Lang of the CAF Red Tail Squadron. “But the message resonates with all ages because of the unique and interactive way it is told. This is an experience you won’t want to miss.”

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is proud to host this exhibit, and we thank sponsors including Texas Flying Legends Museum, Universal Weather and Aviation, and Gulf Coast Aviation for sponsoring their visit.

CAF - Gulf Coast Wing - Texas Raiders

On Saturday for Wings and Wheels we will be joined by our friends Texas Raiders, the magnificent B-17G maintained and operated by the CAF Gulf Coast Wing. The “TR” are starting their 2013 tour and will make us their second stop, fresh from the Brownsville Air Fiesta. There are only eleven airworthy B-17s in the WORLD. Be among the first to ride a B-17 this year – Wings and Wheels is actually the first stop on the 2013 tour that they will sell rides on!

As always, we welcome any and all aircraft to our ramp. Check back here for updates, or just stop by Houston Hobby Airport on the third Saturday and let’s see what flies in!


N95244 can be yours for the price of a raffle ticket!

Have you seen this year’s Raffle Plane? Our beautiful 1969 Piper Cherokee 140B will make some lucky ticketholder fly high in July! A $50 raffle ticket could become your ticket to the joy of aviation!

Find out more about N95244!

Now you can buy your raffle ticket, or make a donation to the Museum, online via our website!


Wings and Wheels is from 11 am to 3 pm the third Saturday of each month and has a different theme each month.

Normally, Wings and Wheels admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, but during the visit by the RISE ABOVE exhibit, admission is FREE from Tuesday March 12 through Saturday March 16! The Museum is entirely supported by the generosity of sponsors and public donations, so please consider making a donation during your visit.

Enjoy the visiting display and the Museum for free from Tuesday through Friday.

On Saturday, enjoy access to the Museum, static aircraft and vehicle displays, and supervised access to the ramp. B17 rides are arranged by the CAF Gulf Coast Wing, via their website or from their mobile PX which will be at the Museum on Saturday. Please visit The CAF Gulf Coast Wing and click on ‘B-17 Airplane Rides’ for more information.

Lunch on Saturday is available from a local mobile food vendor.

Flaming Patties - Serious Gourmet Burgers

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.