CAF Houston Wing Annual Open House and Fly In – Air Show Report

THe P-51D " Long Island Kid"

THe P-51D " Long Island Kid"
THe P-51D ” Dakota Kidd II/Long Island Kid”

The Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force held their annual Open House and Fly In over the weekend of April 12th/13th, with more than  twenty warbirds and vintage aircraft in attendance.

Idyllic spring weather on the Saturday drew strong crowds. They clearly enjoyed the sights and sounds on display, being able to get up close and personal to the aircraft and their pilots. Wonderful photo opportunities abounded, but highlights of the show must include the Houston Wing’s Lockheed C-60 Lodestar, the world’s only authentic airworthy example, alongside a stunning P-51D Mustang and TBM-3 Avenger from the locally-based Texas Flying Legends Museum.  The CAF’s Tora Tora Tora squadron contributed one of their replica Nakajima B5N Kate torpedo bombers and the CAF P-40M also visited. Two North American T-28’s joined in the fun as well as several T-6’s, a pair of Yak-52’s and a brace of T-34’s.  The Houston Wing trainers plus a North American L-17 Navion sold rides to lucky people all day long.

Sunday saw good crowds as well, despite the sporadic drizzle and gray skies. A Beech 18 and a Tora Tora Tora Squadron A6M Zero replica added to Saturday’s mix of aircraft, but the uncertain weather caused a few aircraft to leave early. However, the Houston Wing’s aircraft were busy flying paying passengers in spite of the moody skies, while other aircraft made a few formation flights.

Overall it was a wonderfully successful and safe weekend for the Houston Wing.  For more information about the CAF Houston Wing please click HERE.

More pictures from the event.

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