An air show for fun in Ellington

One of the Bay Area’s most popular events, the Wings Over Houston Airshow, returns to Ellington Airport from October 9-10.

The combination of having the Thunderbirds and the Snowbirds at the same air show should prove to be crowd pleaser.

“We are delighted to be back this year, not only with our traditional style show, but with two jet teams – the Thunderbirds and the Snowbirds,” Bill Roach, executive director of Wings Over Houston, said in a press release.

In addition to featuring hours of aerial performances, the show will include vintage aviation exhibits, a vintage car show featuring up to 100 vehicles, interactive zones and musical performances.

Like most events, the 2020 version of the air show had to be canceled due to the coronavirus, but it may prove to be beneficial.

“We were able to use the time saved from last year’s canceled air shows to improve our air show and ground show performance,” said Col. John Caldwell, Commander / Chief of the US Air Force Thunderbirds. . “One of our main goals was to improve the sequence of the show with the experience of the crowd in mind, and we are very happy to begin these changes at the Wings Over Houston event.

Tickets for the Wings Over Houston Air Show are available

Several living legends will be present at the show to sign autographs before the Thunderbirds and Snowbirds take off.

The Legends & Heroes tent will feature Gene Kranz, who rose to prominence as NASA’s flight director during the Gemini and Apollo missions. His work to bring back the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft earned him a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Since retiring from NASA, Kranz has kept busy, serving as a flight engineer on a B-17 Flying Fortress, building an aerobatic biplane, and publishing a memoir.

Also in attendance at the tent: Jerry L. Ross is a retired US Air Force pilot and NASA astronaut who is a veteran of seven space shuttle missions; George Abbey un former director of the Johnson Space Center; and Frank Emond, a Pearl Harbor attack survivor who was a musician aboard the USS Pennsylvania playing the morning colors when the Japanese bombs began to fall.

Visitors to the field will also have the opportunity to see military jet crews up close and vintage aircraft such as a B-17G Flying Fortress, an amphibious HU-16 Albatross and a PT-17 Stearman biplane. .

Guitars N ‘Cars, a vintage car show featuring a guitar auction hosted and sponsored by Fuller’s Guitars to benefit US VETS-Houston, will also be onsite. The Eagles of Texas
, a tribute band to the Eagles, will perform.

The show is a 501 (c) (3) community event supported by the Lone Star Flight Museum, the Ellington Airport-based Collings Foundation-Houston, and the Vietnam War Flight Museum.

For more information on tickets, display planes, and volunteer opportunities, visit or call 713-266-4492.

John DeLapp is a freelance writer. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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