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2019 Bluebonnet Airshow returns to Burnet Airport

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Planes, and jets, and cars, oh my! This year's Bluebonnet Airshow is going to be jam-packed with entertainment of all calibers, and it is less than two weeks away.

Always a tribute to the “Greatest Generation” and the wonderful world of aviation, the Bluebonnet Airshow has provided the community and its visitors with a day full of fun for all ages, with shows put on by a variety of aircraft big and small, lumbering down the runway and zipping through the clouds.

Saturday, Sept. 14, is going to be just as fun, though things will be a little different than they have been in the past. The Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is teaming up with the Lake Area Rods and Classics Car Club to bring two elements of entertainment to aviation and car enthusiasts alike with a “Wings and Wheels” themed show.


Work continues on Burnet airport static display project

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

Painters with Lake Area Sign Company LLC, of Sulphur, Louisana, were hard at work recently painting the insignia on teh Burnet airport's Static Display Aircraft to exact U.S. Air Force specifications, and recently completed work on the T-38, pictured here, and the F-100. The Airport Static Display Restoration Project continues thanks to the support from organizations and individuals in the community.



Highland Lakes Squadron founder Harold Smith dies

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force founder Col. Harold Smith passed away early in the morning Sunday, Feb. 17.

Smith dedicated the expertise he gained through experience with the Warbirds of World War II to sharing that knowledge with everyone he encountered.

Smith founded the Squadron in 1991 and served as its first leader among his colleagues until 1993. For almost 30 years after his term ended, Smith continued to make an impact on the Squadron and the Museum located at the Burnet Airport by helping out with daily hangar routines and offering his help at the many airshows hosted by the Squadron.

One meaningful memory of Smith held by his colleagues and community was his procuring the Warbirds on display outside the Burnet Airport Museum, which will forever pay tribute to the airmen who served their countries in World War II.


Burnet repairing airport runway before Airsho

Firefighters extinguish a blaze which consumed the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain after the historic craft crashed at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field Saturday, July 21. Repairs to the taxiway will take place the week before the Bluebonnet Airsho, which is scheduled for September 8.





On Saturday, July 21, the Highland Lakes Squadron's Douglas C-47 known to everyone as the Bluebonnet Belle crashed at the Burnet Municipal Airport, causing damage to the taxiway and the closure of the area until repairs are made.

At the regular Burnet City Council meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 28, it was presented to the Council that the Commemorative Air Force insurance, which covers claims at the airport, would not be able to complete the insurance process and repair the taxiway in time for the Bluebonnet Airsho scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. Council was faced with the choice of repairing the taxiway and later being reimbursed by CAF, or leaving the area closed until the completion of the insurance process, which would be well past the date of the event.


Bluebonnet Belle crashes; all 14 aboard survive

Firefighters extinguish a blaze which consumed the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain after the historic craft crashed at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field Saturday, July 21.





By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed Saturday morning, July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Fourteen people were aboard the Belle, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 14 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.


Airshow 2017 takes to the skies

T-6 "TWISTED TEXAN" Piloted by Aaron Taylor



By Jennifer Robison

Burnet Bulletin

No plans this weekend? The Highland Lakes Squadron Commemorative Air Force can help with that!

This Saturday, Sept. 9, is the 26th anniversary of the Bluebonnet CAF Highland Lakes Airshow, sponsored by the City of Burnet, at the Burnet Municipal Airport. It will be full day of excitement with the gates opening at 9 a.m. for spectators to look at all the displays. The air show will begin at noon.

Historic planes scheduled to appear include the T-6 “Twisted Texan,” piloted by Aaron Taylor. This advanced training plane was instrumental in training virtually all of America's great World War II aviators. Taylor will provide a display of the aerobatic capability of the T-6 and perform all of the aerobatic maneuvers that would have been required of an advanced air cadet in the US Army Air Force of the 1940’s.

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