Gulf Coast Wing Conroe, TX
5260 Central Parkway
Conroe, TX 77303
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" InfoNo 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 Lil Raider More Lil Raider InfoThe 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.