Vintage aircraft to soar over Burnet

Contributed/Sonny Croom, Adjutant, Highland Lakes Squadron CAF
The Highland Lakes Squadron's SNJ-4 Navy Advanced Trainer flies over the Highland Lakes in a picture-perfect scene. Visitors to the HLS Open Hangar Day will get the chance to purchase a ride on this plane as well as their L-17 Navion. The HLS Open Hangar Day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Burnet Municipal Airport on Sat., June 9.

Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The 2nd Annual Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force Open Hangar Day will take place this Sat., June 9 at the Burnet Municipal Airport. Though the Bluebonnet Air Show is still scheduled to entertain the public this September, the Highland Lakes Squadron CAF decided to begin the celebration a little early once again.

Visitors will have the chance to explore the Highland Lakes Squadron CAF Museum and learn about the vintage aircrafts firsthand as the hangar is opened to the public for the enjoyment of aviation and history buffs of all ages.

“The event was held for the first time last year and proved very successful,” said Highland Lake Squadron CAF representative Belinda Whitworth. “It serves as a family-friendly opportunity to encourage public awareness of the squadron mission to honor our veterans and their sacrifices, as well as a chance to pick up some fascinating history.”

This year, the Highland Lakes Squadron CAF is hoping to offer visitors a chance to join their pilots in the air to get a view of the world from an Air Force Veteran's point of view. A 30-minute ride on their L-17 Navion will cost $75.00 and a 30-minute ride on the SNJ-4 Navy Trainer known as the T-6 Texan will cost $295.00. HLS members stress the age restrictions on plane rides, stating that children ages 5 and up may ride with a parent on the L-17, but must be 12 years of age in order to ride the SNJ-4, as the plane only leaves room for one seat in addition to the pilot's and holds a little more power than its companion.

Refreshments will be available to visitors inside the museum free of charge, though donations will be accepted. The springtime weather is already feeling more like summer, so the hangar will be equipped with tables and chairs for visitors to escape the sun and relax in the shade.

“If folks would like to come out and just hang around the hangar, look at our artifacts, visit the nice air conditioned part of the museum, or just amble around the hangar and look at all our stuff, we would be glad to have them with us,” said Highland Lakes Squadron CAF Adjutant Sonny Croom.

The Open Hangar Day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Highland Lakes Squadron CAF, located at the Burnet Municipal Airport, 2402 S. Water St.

Rate this article: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)