Burnet Airport Static Display Restoration Project

Fri
05
Apr

Burnet steps forward to help community

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Fields of green wave at us as we drive down the highway, toward a goal we've worked so hard to achieve. The day is finally here, and we are on our way. The fields of green aren't pastures and farmland, though there is plenty of that to behold in the area.

No, we haven't even left town yet. The kelly green images through the windows of our bus are the residents of Burnet: our family, friends, and neighbors dressed in Bulldog attire, waving flags and banners, releasing balloons and cheering in celebration of our accomplishments.

Two of my most vivid memories of high school are the Esprit De Corps' trips to the UIL State Marching Contest, my sophomore and senior years. Both trips were so special, but our second go-round was one for the books.

Wed
03
Apr

Community rallies behind airport display restoration

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Texas Green Blast crews sandblast the last static display aircraft at the Burnet Municipal Airport on Thursday, March 28. According to Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force Executive Officer Ed Holley, the T-38 pictured was known a supersonic trainer back in its prime.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet's static display aircraft will undergo the final stages of their restoration this Friday, April 5 at the Burnet Municipal Airport. Since it was approved, crews with Texas Green Blast have been preparing the aircraft for the Static Display Restoration Project by sandblasting the previous layers of paint from the aluminum giants while the Burnet community has developed a common goal of seeing the project to completion.

As the perimeter fence of the Burnet Municipal Airport is steadily filling with banners thanking each and every sponsor for the project, the aircraft behind it move a step closer to the finished product. Members of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, as they volunteer at the airport and its museum, have the opportunity to watch the transformation from their windows and recognize the project's significance to the city.

Wed
27
Mar

County gives $40K to help restoration

Savanna Gregg/Burnet BulletinBluebonnets have begun to bloom along the perimeter fence of the Burnet Municipal Airport, bringing back memories of the Burnet's beloved Douglas C-47 Skytrain named Bluebonnet Belle, as passersby notice American flags posted in salute to the nation's heroes. Behind the bluebonnets and flags, the A-7 undergoes a time-consuming sandblasting by crews from Texas Green Blast as they prepare the Burnet Airpot Static Display Restoration Project.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A project to restore the static airplane display at Burnet Municipal Airport got a big boost Tuesday, March 27, when the Burnet County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to fund $40,000 of the project through unclaimed Pedernales Electric Cooperative capital credits.

Texas Local Government Code Section 381.004 and Texas Property Code Section 74.602 authorize the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to allocate a portion of unclaimed electric cooperative capital credits back to the counties in the cooperative's service area. Funds may used for one of a limited number of purposes, including to promote or advertise the county and its vicinity or conduct a solicitation program to attract conventions, visitors and businesses. For 2019, the county can apply for up to $330,000 in capital credits from the Comptroller's Office.

Wed
27
Mar

Airport display restoration honors Commemorative Air Force founder

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Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force founder Harold Smith, left, stands with members of the DFW Wing Commemorative Air Force, who flew the Bluebonnet Belle to Burnet from Sinton, Texas.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force founder Harold Smith passed away in February, but not before leaving behind the special memories he brought to Burnet with the arrival of the four static display aircraft placed outside the Burnet Municipal Airport after the City of Burnet paired with the Commemorative Air Force to acquire the aircraft in 1996.

The T-38, T-37, A-7, and F-100 standing outside the airport have welcomed visitors and residents to the community of Burnet for more than 20 years, showing the support its residents' share for those who gave their lives to ensure others' freedoms.

Wed
20
Mar

Having a blast preserving the past

Frank Shubert/Burnet Bulletin
A Texas Green Blast crew member sandblasts the current coats of paint off the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force's F-100, one of the four static displays at the Burnet Municipal Airport. The crews will be sandblasting all four static displays for the next two weeks until they are repainted at the LCRA Steps Forward Day Friday, April 5.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Honoring America's heroes is done in many ways. Communities gather every Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July to remember the fallen and pray for those out fighting to maintain our freedoms, and heroes are memorialized with plaques and statues planted throughout the country.

At the Burnet Municipal Airport, one of the ways heroes are honored is through the static plane displays placed outside the facility.

Brought to the City of Burnet in 1996 by the late Commemorative Air Force founder Harold Smith, these planes — a T-38, T-37, A-7, and F-100 — have stood proud, welcoming residents and visitors for over two decades.

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