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HOBBY AIRPORT'S 80TH BIRTHDAY

2007 marks the 80th birthday of Hobby Airport, originally known as Houston Municipal Airport.  On January 30 there were festivities in the concourse of Hobby Airport to kick off the year.  A band was playing big band songs and memorabilia was on display from the 1940s Air Terminal Museum.   The official logo for the Hobby 80th anniversary was unfurled for the facility which was opened in 1927 and refreshments were served following the program. There will be other events all through the year.  Those on the program included A. J. High, Retired Airline Pilot, who started his career at Municipal Airport in 1947; Celeste Graves, who was dispatcher at Aviation Enterprises in 1940; City Council Member Carol Alvarado; and Director of the Houston Airport System Richard Vacar. Aviation Enterprises had the contract to train Civilian Pilots composed of male students from University of Houston for the Army Air Force.  Later they obtained the contract to train Women Pilots (319th Army Air Force Women's Flight Training Detachment) to ferry airplanes to relieve male pilots for overseas duty.