The 26th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow takes flight this Saturday and Sunday at Ellington Airport with thrilling aerial performances, aerobatics and demonstrations. Wings Over Houston has something for everyone. Check out the list of displays and attractions they have to offer this year!
Modern Aviation Displays:
Spread throughout the Airshow are numerous static (non-flying) displays of modern military and civilian aircraft. Tour the inside of a “Hurricane Hunter” or KC-135, walk through a massive cargo transport, examine all 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.
Participating aircraft subject to change without notice.
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 Warbird Ramp closes at approximately 11:30am each performance day so that these aircraft can “crank up” and fly in the show.
Glacier Girl P-38:
Early morning on July 15, 1942, six Lockheed P-38’s escorting two Boeing B-17’s, were airborne on their way to Iceland. Hampered by bad weather and low on fuel, they were forced to land on the eastern coast of Greenland. After several days the pilots were rescued and planes were left to be recovered at a later date.
In the spring of 1992, the Greenland Expedition Society returned to Greenland for their fifth recovery attempt and using steam burrowed through 268 feet of ice to reach one of the Lockheed P-38s and brought it up piece by piece to the surface.
A decade later, on October 26th, 2002, after thousands of hours of work, the P-38 they recovered, now dubbed “Glacier Girl,” took flight again. In March, 2007, Glacier Girl was sold to Lewis Aeronautical and now resides in San Antonio, Texas.
Rod Lewis Collection:
Rod Lewis, a Texas wildcatter and President of Lewis Energy Group in San Antonio, is an avid warbird collector. The Lewis Collection features numerous rare warbirds in pristine, flyable condition to honor the history of the planes and the pilots who flew them.
Commemorative Air Force:
Visit the Commemorative Air Force’s Hangar 57 information booth and PX. 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 even sign you up as the newest member of the CAF! The Hangar 57 PX has official CAF merchandise for sale.
The West Houston Squadron and the Gulf Coast Wing of the CAF (the two units that are the primary producers of WOH) are located throughout the airshow grounds with their own unit PX’s selling CAF and aviation-related souvenirs. They also operate the Official Airshow PX’s selling the official Wings Over Houston T-shirts, caps, and other collectible airshow merchadise at several satellite souvenir booths. Stop by and grab an official WOH T-shirt or cap!
Military Reenactor Camp:
The soldiers on the ground are remembered with display areas featuring military reenactor groups who bring their authentic WWII military vehicles, equipment and uniforms. See how the man in the trenches lived during WWII. The reenactors also take part in the Airshow providing ground activity during many of the WWII battle recreations.
Civil Air Patrol:
As the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is chartered by Congress to promote aerospace education for the general public. CAP will be putting on a free aerospace show beginning hourly at its booth with displays of several general aviation search and rescue aircraft, model rocket demonstration, “Name the Aircraft Component” games, straw rockets crafts, gyroscopic precession, and an emergency services display including a demonstration of the latest type of search equipment.
The CAP also hosts the annual BSA Aviation Merit Badge clinic.
CAP Thunderbird Composite Squadron – http://www.tx179.org
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. Be sure and check them out, possibly including the NASA “Super Guppy” transport aircraft, originally used to move Saturn V rocket parts and now transports Shuttle and ISS components.
SpaceCenter Houston – www.spacecenter.org
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, 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, facepainting 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.