Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force

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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