1940 Air Terminal Museum blog


Friday, March 8, 2013
Filed under: by Blair
The Big Game business jet spotting event
Feb 5 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

On Sunday February 5, 2017, business jets will converge on Houston’s William P. Hobby airport as their passengers attend the Super Bowl event.

The museum welcomes guests and plane-spotters with extended hours and access to our 2nd floor balconies for photography.

Admission to the museum is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.

For access to the 2nd floor balconies, we encourage you to make a $50 donation to support the museum’s future.


Wings and Wheels – Spring Stretch Your Wings @ 1940 Air Terminal Museum
Mar 18 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come on by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport on Saturday, March 18 and join us for another Wings and Wheels.

Stretch Your Wings!

It’s Wings and Wheels – Spring Stretch Your Wings Day!
We have invited some area flying clubs and past visitors to stop by, weather permitting. Now that spring is in full swing, any weekend is a weekend to take wing! Joining us will be a handful of fine automobiles from the Houston AMC Club!

See our tenth raffle plane and buy your ticket! Raffle Ten is a 1964 Piper Cherokee 180, features a classic paint scheme, has a full leather interior, as well as a full line of Narco avionics, and is fully IFR rated and capable.

— Fly in and your aircraft becomes part of the display as we provide a way for the public to get up close to real planes and talk to real pilots. You may inspire someone to get their own wings!

Any and every aircraft is welcome to join us, and enjoy the hospitality of our very GA-friendly Class Bravo airport. Just tell the nice folks on the radio you would like to park at the Museum or ‘the old terminal’.

Join us at Hobby and see what flies in!

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 - 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.

HobbyFest 2017 @ HobbyFest
Apr 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This month’s Wings & Wheels is dedicated to supporting HobbyFest.  This is a free event, however, it is NOT located at the museum, but rather on the other side of the airport, at 8402 Nelms Street.

We will have all of our aircraft at the festival, come by and get your chance to win our tenth raffle plane, a 1964 Piper Cherokee 180!


Wings & Wheels – Learn to fly day
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Many people from all walks of life learn to fly every day. It is a very fun and challenging hobby, or can be made into a career!

The EAA announced International Learn to Fly Day in 2009 with the aim of growing the pilot population and educating the public about the importance and value of the airports in their communities. Many people don’t know what it takes to earn their wings. For many, flying is only something one daydreams about, because it is such an unknown, and it is up to pilots to invite others ‘across the fence’ and show them what it is all about. Airports as well are great unknowns, but they serve us and our communities – they are ours to visit too!

For Learn to Fly Day, we’re inviting area flight schools and flying clubs to visit the original terminal building at Hobby Airport and help us remove the mystery about becoming a pilot.


Wings & Wheels – Piper day
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Piper Aircraft started out in 1927 as the Taylor Brothers Aircraft Manufacturing Company, the same Taylor would give its name to the Taylorcraft, or T-Craft. These were pioneering days for aviation and for businessmen, and when the company, now called Taylor Brothers Aircraft Corporation, filed for bankruptcy in 1930, key investor William T. Piper bought it. A Harvard graduate, veteran of the Spanish-American War, veteran of WWI, and oil industry engineer, he would become known as the “Henry Ford of Aviation”. His first role at the new Taylor Aircraft Company was secretary-treasurer, and Piper kept Clarence Gilbert Taylor in the role of President. The two shared a dream to open up aviation to the average American. In 1930 they produced an aircraft intended to encourage the growth of private aviation: the E-2 Cub.

You read that correctly. It wasn’t until after Piper and Taylor parted ways in 1935, after a spat over modifications that produced a J-2 model, that the venerable J-3 Cub was produced. Taylorcraft Aircraft Company formed that year as well and would produce an aircraft that served with the J-3s in WWII, and under various reorganizations, continue to produce affordable small aircraft into the 2000s in exotic places such as LaGrange and Brownsville, TX. The J-3 however was a landmark aircraft that has been so loved that new variants are continuing to be produced as LSAs with modern touches.

Piper’s company was not without its own reorganizations, with its founder replaced in 1946 with Chrysler ex-exec William Shriver. William Piper would regain control of his namesake company in 1950 and re-energize it, helped by a new contract for Cubs for the Korean War.

By this time Piper Aircraft had acquired Stinson Aircraft and developed one of their designs as the PA-23 Apache. The Apache would start a trend that Piper is known for, honoring the great native peoples of the Americas by giving their names to craft that would cross the sky: Apache. Pawnee. Commanche. Cherokee. Aztec. Navajo. Cheyenne. Seneca.

The Cub line continued as the Super Cub, with aircraft such as the Caribbean, Colt, Pacer and Tri-Pacer deriving from it.

Don’t forget to purchase your chance to win your own Piper aircraft with our annual raffle!  This year’s plane is a 1964 Piper Cherokee 180 which features a classic Piper paint scheme, full leather interior, as well as a full line of Narco avionics, and is fully IFR rated / capable.

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