Saturday, August 20, 2016 11 AM till 4 PM
1940 Air Terminal Museum, 8325 Travelair St., Near Hobby Airport
Wings and Wheels festivities plus a special program on the WASPs at 3 PM
Admission is FREE
The Air Terminal Museum’s monthly Wings and Wheels event will focus on WWII, and Houston Arts and Media will supply a fascinating guest speaker. That is Carol Cain, Associate Director of the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, TX. Carol, who will speak at 3 PM, is an authority on the WASPs and loves to share their amazing stories of bravery. The WASPs, who all trained in Texas, are a major part of HAM’s documentary Home Front: Texas in WWII. The day’s events continue to grow, but count on seeing vintage aircraft, classic vehicles and learning lots about various aspects of WWII. There will be many organizations represented and food trucks on site so you can come out and make a day of it, all with no admission charge.
The Women Airforce Service Pilots were started at the Houston Municipal Airport, on the very ground that you’ll be visiting in August. The first class graduated in April 1943, and soon the program moved to Avenger Field in Sweetwater where the skies, and the ground, were much less crowded. During the war these women, just over 1,000 of them, became the first women to ever fly US military aircraft. They delivered freshly minted planes from the factory to their bases, flew training flights for navigators and bombardiers, towed gunnery targets and much more. Throughout the war and for 35 years afterwards, their records were classified, so their story of duty and honor was unknown.
We’re very excited to partner with the 1940 Air Terminal for this event that is all about the WASPs and Texas’ role in WWII. If you’ve not been to this museum, you’ve really been missing out. It is a Houston treasure. Of course, so are these amazing women who are the subject of our program. So please put Saturday, August 20th on your calendar for a great free day of learning and fun. Come embrace the heat and history.