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1940 Air Terminal
June 17, 2006

Carl Rowland 1942
Retired Captain for Braniff Airlines
39 Years of Service|
He was present at the Braniff special and
it was a great day.

Carl Rowland at Braniff Festivities 2-16-06
1940 Air Terminal

Pat Grimes and A. J. High
February 22, 2004

 

Allen Moore and Larry Brinkley
February 18, 2006

Jerry Scott, Drew Coats, Celeste Graves, and  A. J. High
In Air Terminal February 18, 2006

The Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society is restoring the long-vacant Houston Municipal Airport Terminal that was built in 1940. When I worked for Aviation Enterprises during World War II, they had the contract for training University of Houston students to fly the Army or Navy way.  The Civilian Pilots Training Program was started the year the terminal was built.  I was considered a dispatcher and my office was called the "Doghouse."  It was a small glassed in building sitting on the flight line and my job was to keep up with the flying time of the students and submit reports to the U. S. Government each month. Later, of course, they trained Women Pilots to ferry airplanes in the USA to free ment for combat duty. But that is another story!!!

It is so exciting to watch the progress of this restoration - it will be magnificent when it is completed! 

I am fortunate to have become a member of this organization.  Every third Saturday of the month they have a program called "Wings and Wheels."  At that time vintage planes and autos are displayed and the money raised at this event is used to help restore the building and add to the museum.  At the present time they have about five or more rooms filled with aviation memorabilia, with more to come.  Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12.  Admission includes lunch, admission to the Museum, static displays and special attractions.  Each Wings and Wheels day a different group that was active during the early days is featured.  What fun!!!

The Museum is located at 8325 Travelair on the west side of Houston's Hobby Airport, just east of Telephone Road. For more information call 713-454-1940/713-454-1930, or visit www.wingsandwheels.org or www.1940airterminal.com The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-5 and on Sunday afternoons.