Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force

Wed
04
Sep

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.

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

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.

Thu
21
Feb

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.

Fri
04
Jan

Highland Lakes Squadron success due to Smith

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force accredits its success in memorializing those individuals and Warbirds of World War II history to its founder, Col Harold Smith.

Smith founded the Squadron in 1991 and was chosen as its first leader, serving among his colleagues until 1993. After that term and for almost thirty years since the Squadron's chartering by the Commemorative Air Force, Smith has made an impact on the Squadron and Museum, helping out in daily hangar routines and at the many airshows put on by the Squadron.

Smith is also notably responsible for the procurement of the Warbirds on display outside the Burnet Airport Museum, forever paying tribute to the airmen who flew them during World War II.

Smith has especially made a difference in the lives of his fellow Squadron members, who call him a friend and mentor.

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