NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE FLIGHT DECK - April 2017
ELLINGTON - New Museum Update
Ladies and Gentlemen – we have POWER! The basics are starting to come together with permanent power and wall-mounted plumbing fixtures like drinking fountains and toilets installed throughout the building. Walls continue to be painted and floors continue to be cleaned and sealed or polished. Outside, more trees have been planted and are even getting watered via irrigation system. Brick pavers for the entry plaza are being set. At the far north end, the museum's ramp is officially tied in to Ellington Airport's taxiway Kilo! Construction is moving at a fierce pace with chalk lines on the floor going to frames to drywall in a single work day in the Aviation Heritage Gallery. Build out of the second floor Museum Staff Offices began this week. The capital campaign donor wall, which had been a primary entrance for construction materials and equipment, is closed up and getting sheet rocked.
Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 2017 Inductee
President George W. Bush
There have been three US Presidents who were pilots. All were Texans. President George W. Bush joins President Dwight D. Eisenhower and President George H. W. Bush in the Hall of Fame. President Bush received his wings at Moody Air Force Base in 1969 and was later stationed at Houston’s Ellington Field where he flew F-102 fighters with the 111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. He used the knowledge, discipline and leadership skills learned as a military aviator in the business world and later as Governor of Texas from 1994-2000 and as 43rd President of the United States from 2001-09. President Bush led the country in a time of great challenge and change. The September 11 attacks occurred less than a year into his presidency. President Bush led the US response to those attacks which included extended combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. During his administration, the Department of Homeland Security was created and the Patriot Act passed. On the domestic front, President Bush placed a high priority on education reform and Medicare coverage of prescription drugs.
Gala Just Around the Corner!
The invitations are going in the mail so we encourage you to get your reservation in soon for the May 20th event. The new museum building will be an outstanding and unique setting for the Gala. Guests will mingle among the vintage aircraft and get a sneak peek into what will be an extraordinary addition to Houston’s cultural and educational assets. While the museum will not officially open until September major portions of the building will be complete in time for the Gala. As the Gala takes place on Armed Forces day, we will be hosting and celebrating many members or our active duty military. Join us to celebrate our troops. After a brief program that includes the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, guests will enjoy a most entertaining musical performance and dancing with acclaimed pianist, Michael Cavanaugh.
Look for your invitation in the mail or call us at 713-467-2812. Tickets and tables are still available. Reserve Now.
This Month in Aviation History
April 17, 1944
Howard Hughes (Texas Aviation Hall of Fame) and Jack Frye (Aviator and Chairman of TWA from 1934 to 1947) fly Lockheed model C-69 Constellation from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. in record time: six hours and fifty-eight minutes. Frye was raised on a 15,000 acre cattle ranch near Wheeler, Texas.
Photo of the Month
Education Director, Kenneth Morris, talks aviation career paths with GEMS (Girls Exploring Math & Science) at Houston Museum of Natural Science.