Saturday, May 21, 2016
|Considering BMW's heritage of building aircraft engines, and this being Memorial Day month, take a step back in time with us on our visit to the Commemorative Air Force, Central Texas Wing.
9:00 am - Meet in the northwest area of the Cabela's parking lot in Buda, 15570 S IH 35 Frontage Rd. Facing the entrance to the store entering from the I-35 frontage road, head right and then enter the parking area on your left past the edge of the building. (Link to map)
Driver meeting at 9:15 am.
Depart at 9:30 am.
We will take back roads to our destination, arriving at approximately 10:15 am. CAF CenTex is a "living history" museum; the aircraft on display are still flown today. Their WWII hangar is one of the few in the US still actively maintained and used, and their "Ghost Squadron" fleet spans a range of classes, including trainers, bombers, and fighters. Some of their standouts are a privately owned Zero and a B5N2 Kate, both used in the film "Tora! Tora! Tora!", as well as their P-39 "Miss Connie", one of only two in the world still flying today. More recently, they have undertaken a restoration of a 1916 Republic flatbed truck. Its wheels were just rebuilt in wood by an Amish family and shod in tires made of solid rubber, and it is currently being stripped down to be de-rusted and have its entire frame repainted, after which its restored engine and steering wheel will be installed.
|Our visit will include a tour lasting 75-90 minutes. Although admission is free, donations are encouraged because CAF CenTex is staffed entirely by volunteers who provide the wide range of skill sets necessary to keep both the planes and the hangar itself looking and operating their best, and all donations go toward keeping these historic aircraft in flying condition. Additionally, they will be generously allowing us to take a group photo of our cars arranged in front of their B-25 bomber "Yellow Rose"!
|We will depart the CAF CenTex Wing at roughly 12:15 pm, bound for lunch at the nearby Tres Hermanas Restaurant & Cantina in San Marcos. Depending on weather, we will be seated either in their outdoor patio area or their upstairs private dining/lounge room. Lunch will consist of a marinated steak and grilled chicken fajita buffet (vegetarian and pesceterian options available upon request), including rice, beans, guacamole, pico, chips, salsa, and a soft drink. The cost for lunch is $18, all-inclusive.|
|Mohammed Abusalih||2011||1M||1||Herb Looney||2015||435i||1|
|Randy & Sherry Ann Allen||2008||M6||2||Luke & Carol Lowery||2008||650i||2|
|Mike & Gloria Anderson||2006||Z4||2||David & Chungnam Lucia||2014||650i||2|
|Joaquin Aviles||2016||M235i||1||Carlos & Vikki Marino||2013||M3||2|
|Scott Bowman||2011||1M||1||Glenn & Sandy McConnell||2015||M4||2|
|Daniel & Sean Briggs||2002||325xi||2||Mac McConnell||1996||318ti||1|
|Josh Butts||2006||M Rdstr||1||Carl Nybro||2010||328i||2|
|Tim Cook||2006||M Rdstr||2||Phil Nybro||2007||330is||1|
|Marco & Mary Beth Cordon||2013||M3||2||Steve Pedersen||2002||M Rdstr||1|
|Tom & Gay Dawson||2010||Z4||2||Jason Pfiester||2003||530i||2|
|Angel Espinosa||2007||M Cpe||1||Jim & Gabi Reed||2014||SL550||2|
|Anthony Ettipio||1997||318ti||1||Raquel Robles||2013||X1||1|
|Jim Factor||2015||M3||1||Vincent Robles||2013||128i||1|
|Brandon & David Hardiman||2013||M5||2||Andy & Codi Rose||1989||325i||2|
|Valentin Hernandez||2013||M3||3||Hector Sanchez||2013||335i||3|
|John & Corey Hughan||2016||Cayman GT4||2||James & Alejandra Whalen||2011||335is||2|
|Mike Jackson||2013||M3||1||Roger Williams||2000||M Rdstr||1|
|Terry Jones||2016||M235i||2||Zach Williamson||1990||325i||1|
|Jeffrey & Debra Lantz||2013||135i||2||Carlos Zorrilla||2011||Z4||1|
|Sandra & Bill Lewis||2003||Z4||2||Total||39||63|