Don’t forget to buy a Souvenir Program! — Great to get autographs!
Sold before and during the Airshow by local ROTC Cadets
**All displays and participating aircraft are subject to change**
Modern Aviation Displays
Spread throughout the Airshow is numerous static (non-flying) displays of modern aircraft. Tour the inside of a massive cargo transport; examine various types of helicopters, training aircraft, experimental planes, and more! You can visit with the pilots and crew of the planes and maybe even grab an autograph or giveaway token.
**Aircraft participation pending at this time due to ongoing sequestration** (subject to operational needs as usual)
Warbird Ramp Displays
One section of our Airshow grounds is our Warbird Ramp, which will have dozens of historic World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era aircraft on display. You can take a tour inside or walk over the wing of some and get a close-up view. Visit the pilot and crew and maybe you can even sit in the pilot’s seat! Historians will give tours and short talks about many of the aircraft.
Please Note: The flying Warbird Ramp closes at approximately 11:30 a.m. each performance day so that these aircraft can “crank up” and fly in the show.
NASA Driven to Explore Exhibit
NASA’s Driven to Explore mobile, multi-media exhibit immerses visitors in the story of NASA. Guests will learn why we explore, discover the challenges of human space exploration and how NASA provides critical technological advances to improve life on Earth. The exhibit includes imagery and audio and visual technology to connect visitors with the space program, highlighting advanced human research that will ensure safe and sustainable future missions, and nextgeneration vehicles and surface systems destined for use exploring beyond low earth orbit.
As part of this unique exploration experience, visitors have an out-of-this-world opportunity to touch a 3 billion-year-old moon rock brought back aboard Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon in 1972. The moon rock is one of only eight lunar samples in the world made available for the public to touch. Additional exhibits accompany the exhibit and are displayed beneath an inflatable tent that is part of the trailer’s external structure.
Very nearby to Ellington Airport is Space Center Houston and the massive NASA Johnson Space Center, home of the United States’ space program. Stop by the NASA display at the Airshow and meet NASA personnel (and maybe even an astronaut) while you and the kids enjoy their interactive exhibits. NASA aircraft in their distinctive white and blue paint schemes are on display throughout the Airshow grounds.
Legends & Heroes Autograph Tent
Presented by United Airlines
Meet aviation and military legends and heroes at our Autograph Tent. Throughout the day, flying aces, decorated war-heroes, veterans and special guests will be present to sign autographs. Many of these living legends will also offer for sale copies of their autobiographies and other memorabilia. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet these heroes and hear their stories!
Commemorative Air Force
Visit the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Hangar 57 information booth and store. The CAF is proud to be the producer of the Wings Over Houston Airshow, and our Headquarters operation will be well represented at Hangar 57. The friendly staff and volunteers of the CAF will answer your questions, provide lots of information and literature, and can even sign you up as the newest member of the CAF!
The Houston Wing and the Gulf Coast Wing of the CAF (the two units that are the primary producers of this airshow) are located throughout the airshow grounds also selling CAF and aviation-related souvenirs. They operate the Official Airshow Store selling the official Wings Over Houston T-shirts, caps, and other collectible airshow merchandise at several satellite souvenir booths. Stop by and grab an official Wings Over Houston T-shirt or cap!
Lone Star Flight Museum
The Lone Star Flight Museum began as a private aircraft collection in June 1985. The acquisition of more aircraft quickly led to a search for a new home. In 1990, construction began at Galveston’s Scholes Field. They are beginning a new phase in their operations as they begin construction on an impressive new facility located at Ellington Airport.
Today the Museum displays over 40 historically significant aircraft and over 1500 artifacts that demonstrate the quantum leap in technology – from gliders to space – over the past century. The Museum’s flying collection of award winning aircraft annually logs more than 40,000 cross-country air miles to participate in flying displays and air shows. The Lone Star Flight Museum will participate with both flying and static displays during the Airshow.
Texas Flying Legends Museum
Based at Ellington Airport in Houston, the Texas Flying Legends Museum flies their growing collection from Texas to Minot, N.D. each spring, to Wiscasset, Ma. each summer, and back to Texas in the fall. Their mission is to acquire the best flying World War II aircraft available and campaign these Flying Legends with a sense of inspiration for those who are not aware or involved in the great history of the United States, and most importantly, honor the many that are.
Their collection includes beautiful examples of the A6-M2 Zero, B-25J Mitchell Bomber, two P-51D Mustangs, P-40 Warhawk, and F4U Corsair. Texas Flying Legends Museum will participate with both flying and static displays during the Airshow.
Lewis Air Legends
The Lewis Air Legends world-famous collection started with one T-28 Trojan trainer Rod Lewis purchased in 1995. Lewis’ growing squadron now musters 24 flying heroes, along with some of those they fought against. Like the almost mythic Glacier Girl P-38F, each has its own incredible story.
Lewis Air Legends will display a small portion of this magnificent collection at Wings Over Houston. (Participating aircraft to be determined).
Vietnam War Flight Museum
The Vietnam War Flight Museum was founded in 2002 by Houston aviator Rick Sharpe and is dedicated to educating the public about the service and sacrifice to the United States by the veterans of the Vietnam War. The collection has a Douglas A-1D Skyraider, Bell UH-1-V Huey, Douglas AC-47 Spooky, Beech T-34A Mentor, and Douglas A-26C Invader.
The Skyraider and Huey are maintained in airworthy condition and are flown in air shows in the Texas/Louisiana area. The Skyraider and Huey are often on public display at the facilities of the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, TX. The C-47 was acquired in December 2006 and is currently undergoing maintenance and reconfiguration from C-47 Skytrain to AC-47 Spooky gunship. The C-47 is not yet on public display.
Offering Free Rides to WWII Veterans
Today, too many take for granted our freedoms. Freedom Flyers endeavors to honor the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. and the more than 400,000 who died defending our country and the principles upon which it has been built.
Freedom Flyers has two World War II Warbirds in its fleet. They are the P51-Mustang and the Navy AT-6. These Warbirds are flown at airshow and aviation events around the country and provides World War II veterans with a once in a lifetime opportunity. Their opportunity to fly in these legendary aircraft. We welcome all World War II veterans to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Flights are complimentary to World War II veterans.
The phone number to call to set up a flight will be 512-756-6163 or 512-585-4942
EAA Chapter 12
The Experimental Aircraft Association is an organization that promotes all forms of recreational aviation. The organization includes interest in homebuilt, experimental, antique and classic, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultra lights, helicopters and commercially manufactured aircraft and the associated technologies.
Chapter 12 of the EAA is proudly based at Ellington Airport, and will be displaying numerous homebuilt and classic aircraft, some of quite different and unique design!
We are often asked about riding in some of the World War II and other aircraft at our Airshow. There are various organizations or groups attending the Airshow that we know are selling rides. Please contact the representative for reservations, scheduling, and information. Flights will be arranged other than airshow dates.
Wings Over Houston Airshow does not endorse any of the providers. You assume all liability for contracting with the providers for rides.
Military Reenactor Camp
The soldiers on the ground are remembered with display areas featuring military reenactor groups who bring their authentic World War II military vehicles, equipment and uniforms. See how the man in the trenches lived during World War II. The reenactors also take part in the Airshow providing ground activity during many of the battle recreations.
The 6th Cavalry Historical Association
Inspired by the colorful history of Patton’s “Household Cavalry” during WWII, the 6th Cavalry adopts the name the illustrious General George S.Patton bestowed upon the mechanized unit he organized to pierce into German occupied territory. Its primary mission — to scout out enemy activity and radio back with intelligence on enemy positions. We take great pride in acquiring, preserving and restoring examples of the very same military vehicles utilized by the original 6th Cavalry.
Motion Simulator Rides
A popular feature of the Airshow are the M-4 motion simulator rides which provide realistic views and sensations from inside modern aircraft such as the Thunderbirds, Blue Angels, Tuskeegee Airmen or one of many other high-performance thrills.
We don’t want to leave out the little ones and younger set who have their own area of special activities of carnival-style games and activities, such as inflatable slides and challenges, face painting and crafts for tots, rock-climbing wall, Power Jumper, and Water Wars. Activities are provided by outside vendors who may charge a separate fee to play.
What festival show wouldn’t be complete without lots of vendors who offer unique souvenir merchandise? Pose in a jet aircraft cockpit for a photo. Grab a set of authentic dog tags, that unique piece of artwork, a toy for the kids, a new set of earrings or an official Wings Over Houston Airshow t-shirt. There are many booths to shop!
Stop by the Commemorative Air Force booths for official shirts, caps, pins, dog tags, toys, and other collectible merchandise!