Gulf Coast Wing Conroe, TX

Address:
5260 Central Parkway
Conroe, TX 77303

Contact number:
(855) 359-2217

Website:
https://b17texasraiders.org/

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  • B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders More Texas Raiders Info

    B-17G Flying Fortress Texas Raiders is one of the most recognized and popular warbirds currently flying. The United States built 12,731 B-17s and today only five are actively flying. Texas Raiders was the first Flying Fortress acquired solely for the purpose of restoration and use as a flying museum. The aircraft has been restored to wartime configuration by an entirely volunteer group of dedicated supporters, and has been on her mission to Educate, Inspire, and Honor for the Commemorative Air Force for over 50 years. See a detailed history and more at www.B17TexasRaider.org

    SNJ-5 Texan 1943 SNJ-5, "Sassy" More 1943 SNJ-5, "Sassy" Info

    No better aircraft could symbolize America’s aviation status at the start of America’s entry into WWII than its premier, advanced flight trainer that will eventually be responsible for arguably training more fighter and bomber pilots than any other single series aircraft type. Gulf Coast Wing's SNJ-5 “Sassy” is the Navy & Marine version of the North American Aviation T-6 Texan, a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1950s. Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations... ...

    C-45 Expiditor More Info

    The 1947 Beechcraft model D18S arrived at Hooks Airport in Spring, Texas in August of 2016 from her former home in Ft. Worth. Routinely referred to as a “Twin Beech,” over 9,000 of these aircraft were produced at Beechcraft in Wichita Kansas, making it one of the world's most widely used light aircraft. 4,500 of them saw military service during and after WWII. Commonly referred to with the military designation of C-45, these aircraft were used in the military as light transports, light bombers, and photo-reconnaissance planes. Large numbers of them also saw service as aircrew trainers for bombing, navigation and gunnery. In World War II, over 90% of USAAF bombardiers and navigators... ...

    Our membership is comprised of hard-working volunteers whose love of aviation history, preservation, and the meticulous restoration of the aircraft in their charge, keeps these vintage warbirds flying.

    The Gulf Coast Wing receives no state or federal funds, and depends on public contributions for the maintenance, support, and flying operation expenses of Texas Raiders, an authentically restored B-17G and one of only nine (9) B-17 Flying Fortresses left flying at any given time.

    Sep
    08
    Burnet, Texas

    Fly the Fortress at the Bluebonnet Air Show More Info

    It has been 70 years since the last B-17 lifted into the air during WWII to join the largest air armada ever to fill the skies, but on Friday, September 7 the four giant Wright-Cyclone engines of Texas Raiders, a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress will be roaring over Burnet, TX. Of the 12,731 B-17s built across during WWII, only 9 are actively flying—including Texas Raiders, which is part of the Commemorative Air Force. One of the last flying examples of the famous aircraft arrives Friday, September 7 at Burnet Municipal Airport participate in the Bluebonnet Airshow. Texas Raiders will be offering flights Friday afternoon and tours and flights at the airshow on Saturday, September 8... ...
    Oct
    20
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    21
    Houston, TX

    CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow More Info

    The CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow is an IRC 501(c)(3) community event presented by the volunteer efforts of the Houston Wing, Gulf Coast Wing, and Tora! Tora! Tora! of the Commemorative Air Force, with support from the Lone Star Flight Museum, Texas Flying Legends Museum, Collings Foundation-Houston based at Ellington Airport, and the Vietnam War Flight Museum. One of the top air shows in the United States, this premier Houston event is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation, and has supported a variety of local and national charities during its 34-year history.

    Oct
    12
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    14
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Fly the Fortress in New Orleans More Info

    In cities across the U.S., vintage military aircraft rest quietly in museums, where school children and tourists admire them, take their pictures and leave them behind closed doors at the end of each day. This October aviation history blasts out of the museums and into the skies as Texas Raiders, a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress, thunders into New Orleans on her four giant engines. Of the 12,731 B-17s built across the US, only 9 are currently flying—including Texas Raiders, which is presented by the Commemorative Air Force. One of the last flying examples of the famous WWII aircraft joins the CAF AirPower History Tour at Lakefront Airport, offering attendees a seldom seen... ...
    Aug
    22
    Houston, TX

    Fly the Fortress in Conroe, TX More Info

    Date and Time: SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2020 AT 10 AM – 4 PM-Come ride the B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" or the Twin Beech C-45 JRB "Little Raider" at General Aviation Services, 5260 Central Parkway, Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport, Conroe, TX on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Book a flight on either aircraft at the ticket link below! Address: 5260 Central Parkway - Conroe, Texas 77303

    Jun
    26
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    28
    Opelousas, LA

    Fly the Fortress at St. Landry's Parish Fly-In and Warbird Expo More Info

    Friday, June 26-June 28, 2020 at 1 PM – 4 PM- Don’t miss Texas Raiders' first appearance of 2020! Put your hands on history and see historic American military aviation up close. An array of vintage WWII warbirds will be there, including the B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders," our Navy JRB Expeditor "Little Raider," and the CAF Big Easy Wing's N2S Stearman trainer. In an effort to provide the safest possible environment for crews and attendees, extra sanitization procedures will be in place, including social distancing. Face coverings and health screenings will be required for aircraft access.

    Aug
    19
    Dallas, Texas

    B-17 Texas Raiders-Only five still actively flying-Webinar More Info

    Date and Time: August 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.-As of 2020, there are just five B-17s still actively flying in the world. B-17G Texas Raiders (TR) is one of the most recognized and famous of the Flying Fortresses currently on the airshow circuit. The aircraft has been restored to wartime configuration inside and out by an entirely volunteer group of dedicated supporters. The aircraft has one of the most unusual histories of any existing Flying Fortresses flying today and is one of the most active and visible. Of all the B-17s ever built, Texas Raiders is credited with the 5th most military time, is the 3rd youngest still in existence, and has served as a Living History museum longer than... ...
    Oct
    31
    Houston, TX

    Fly the Fortress in Conroe, TX More Info

    Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 10 AM CDT – 4 PM CDT-Come ride the B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" , the Twin Beech C-45 JRB "Little Raider" , or the AT6/SNJ "Sassy" at General Aviation Services, 5260 Central Parkway, Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport, Conroe, TX on Saturday October 24, 2020.

    Oct
    17
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    18
    Dallas, TX

    Flying Fortress in MicKinney, TX More Info

    Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18th, 2020 at 9 AM CDT – 5 PM CDT-Three historic WWII warbirds are coming to McKinney. Don't miss the opportunity to see and fly in the iconic WWII bomber B-17 Texas Raiders, along with JRB Navy transport "Little Raider" and a classic SNJ Texan advanced trainer. Enjoy on-board tours with the aircraft crews, or take the ultimate Living History Flight Experience and see East Texas from the sky! Admission to the event is $10/adult, $5 for children under 12, and $20 for a family of up to 5 and includes access to all the aircraft for cockpit tours. A limited number of flights are available on the three warbirds. Flights on the B-17 start at $475; flights... ...
    Oct
    03
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    04
    Galveston, TX

    Fly the Fortress in Galveston More Info

    Date and Time: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 10 AM – 4 PM and Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 10 AM – 4 PM- Three historic WWII warbirds are coming to Galveston. Don't miss the opportunity to see and fly in the iconic WWII bomber B-17 Texas Raiders, along with C-45 Navy transport "Little Raider" and a classic AT-6Texan/SNJ advanced trailer. Those who wish to fly can click the ticket link below, or call 855-FLY-A-B17 (1-855-359-2217). It’s been over 75 years since the largest air armada the world had ever seen lifted into the skies over Europe but on Saturday, October 3 history will come alive when three vintage warbirds roar into Galveston led by the most iconic aircraft of WWII: the B-17... ...
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