Texas Raiders offer fun for the whole family

Texas Raiders offer fun for the whole family

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The Commemorative Air Force will host a Memorial Day event at Hooks Airport on Sunday, May 25, 2014 featuring Gen. George S. Patton and the Texas Rangers.

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on May 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 10:39 AM

SPRING, Texas -- Here's something Houston's history buffs won't want to miss.

George S. Patton, arguably the nation's most famous U.S. Army general will be paying Spring a visit on Sunday, May 25. Patton, referred to affectionately by his troops and fearfully by his enemies as "Old Blood and Guts" will be brought to life by Living Historian Denny Hair, who has portrayed Patton for more 20 years.

David Wayne Hooks Airport will host the commemorative event in honor of Memorial Day Weekend, and attendees can expect "Old Blood and Guts" to steal the show by entering in none other than an authentic World War II aircraft, a paratroop called "Goodtime Gal." The wartime dogs and several other warbirds will be hosted by one of history's most famed B-17 bomber, Texas Raiders.

Texas Raiders is hailed as one of the most accurately restored B-17s. She's well equipped with period-specific artillery, machine guns and uncannily recreated radio equipment that'll knock the socks off anybody that knows the salt of U.S. history.

Tours of the famed aircraft and access to Patton's once-in-a-lifetime appearance will begin Sunday, May 25 at 10 a.m. -- the event is open to the public for nominal admission, and attendees will have the opportunity to experience a walk-through tour of the artifacts and hear commentary from crew members.

Service men and women will be allowed free tours with their military ID. Attendees are encouraged to make their reservations ASAP for the Ultimate Flying Fortress experience, where you'll be able to take a 30-minute ride in the iconic aircraft.

David Wayne Hooks Airport is located at 20803 Stuebner Airline Dr. If you wish to fly with the Texas Raiders, you are encouraged to call 1-855-FLY-A-B17 or email info@B17TexasRaiders.org to secure your reservation.

Check out our slideshow of some of Texas Rangers most memorable moments. To view the slideshow on your mobile device, click here.

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