TEXAS 2015
~HIGHLAND LAKES SQUADRON~
÷Commemorative Air Force÷

Copyright Ruud Leeuw Photos © R.Leeuw

Visiting Texas in november 2015 for music, aviation- and 'Old West Frontier' history, I had included several air museums in my itinerary.
While this museum was only open on Saturday's, a four day stay in Austin did offer the opportunity for a visit (Nov.14th).
I had hoped to find a DC-3 here, N47HL (c/n 27203, 'Bluebonnet Belle'), but it had developed engine problems during this summer's Oshkosh EAA Air Venture and not enough funding had yet been raised to fix that problem and bring it home.

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
Highland Lakes Air Museum

 

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF), formerly known as the Confederate Air Force, is a Texas-based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and showing historical aircraft at airshows primarily throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)


 North American SNJ-4 Texan, N7024C (88-13517)

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
This SNJ-4 (naval variant of the Texan) was available for a scenic ride, but it could only accommodate one.

The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is a single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s.
The North American NA-16 prototype wasfirst flown on 01April1935.

Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) and USAAF designated it as the AT-6, the United States Navy the SNJ, and British Commonwealth air forces, the Harvard, the name it is best known by outside of the US. After 1962, US forces designated it the T-6.
It remains a popular warbird aircraft used for airshow demonstrations and static displays.
It has also been used many times to simulate the Japanese Mitsubishi Zero in movies depicting World War II in the Pacific.
Wikipedia, more...

 


 

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
The North American L-17 Navion A (N444AC, NAV-4-1463) was also available for a scenic flight so 'me & mrs' climbed onboard.

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
Details of that vintage Cessna are described on my Texas 2015 main index page; it does not belong to this museum.

The Ryan (originally North American) Navion is a United States single-engine, unpressurized, retractable gear, four-seat aircraft, originally designed and built by North American Aviation in the 1940s.
It was later built by Ryan Aeronautical Company and the Tubular Steel Corporation (TUSCO).
The Navion was envisioned as an aircraft that would perfectly match the expected postwar boom in civilian aviation, since it was designed along the general lines of, and by the same company which produced the North American P-51 Mustang (hence the nickname 'the poor man’s Mustang').

The Navion was originally designed at the end of World War II by North American Aviation as the NA-143 (but produced under the NA-145 designation).
It was designed for the civilian market, but also attracted the interest of the United States Army Air Forces. The Army Air Force ordered 83 of the NA-154 version, designated the L-17A, to be used as a liaison aircraft, personnel and cargo carrier, and trainer for the university-based Reserve Officers Training Corps flight training program.
Wikipedia, more...

 

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
Lining up for take off...

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
Dave Bonorden at the wheel in the L-17 Navion. We got a splash of rain, but the visibilty remained good.

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
Bird's eye view is always fantastic for us who spent most of their time with feet firmly placed on terra firma.

 


 

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
The museum resembles more a working hangar than a museum.

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
Fairchild PT-26A Cornell N6072C under restoration.

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
These radial engines must have been reduced to exhibits, as otherwise they would have been used for the DC-3?

 


 

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
These four jets were obtained from Davis-Monthan, where most military jets end up in the boneyard.
The Cessna T-37B 59-0383 holds the place of honour..

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
I've always been fond of this compact looking (sleek is not the word!) jet, the Vought A-7D Corsair II (72-0188).

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
Another Vietnam veteran, the North American F-100F (56-3990)

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
The markings must have something to do with a tribute to 457th Fighter Squadron

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
Northrop T-38A (AT-38B) Talon, 60-0594

 


 

Highland Lakes Squadron, Burnet (CAF)
View on Kate Craddock Field Airport Burnet, Texas and the surrounding area.

 

LINKS
TEXAS 2015
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum at William P. Hobby (Houston) Airport
Lone Star Flight Museum / Vietnam War Flight Museum (Galveston)
Ghost Squadron, Central Texas Wing, San Marcos
Texas Air Museum - Stinson Chapter (San Antonio)
Cavanaugh Flight Museum (Addison)
Vintage Flying Museum, Ft. Worth
Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas

EXTERNAL
Commemorative Air Force (CAF) on Wikipedia
Highland Lakes Squadron, Kate Craddock Field Airport, Burnet (TX)

 

 

 

 


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