Photos: Texas Flying Legends Museum

Photos: Texas Flying Legends Museum

Credit: Cara Smith

An NOAA P3 “Hurricane Hunter” and several World War II warbirds were on display at the Hurricane Awareness Tour, held at the Texas Flying Legends Museum at Ellington Field on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on May 20, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 4:11 PM

HOUSTON -- On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, hundreds of children and adults were treated to a day of powerful remembrance and critical awareness at the Texas Flying Legends Museum for the Hurricane Awareness Tour.

Nearly 1,000 students from 8 different schools primarily from Deer Park ISD, Clear Creek ISD and La Porte ISD were given exclusive, hands-on access to the main attraction of the tour: a NOAA P3 "Hurricane Hunter" and six larger-than-life aircrafts that were on public display.

"(Today's tour) really has to do with hurricane awareness," said Dan Reilley of the National Weather Service, Houston-Galveston office. "It's really close to hurricane season, so it's really a thing that gets people thinking about hurricane preparedness and getting students the materials to bring home to their parents."

"We have a bunch of partners here -- the American Red Cross, the City of Houston, Centerpointe Energy (and more.)"

The "Hurricane Hunter" is a 38-year old behemoth of an aircraft that flies into the heart of hurricanes to take measurements and collect meterological data, helping future meteorologists  present better forecasts of hurricanes to come.

Five other aircrafts were on public display: the P-51D Mustang "Dakota Kid II," P-40K Warhawk "Aleutian Tiger," BM-3E "Avenger," B-25J Mitchell "Betty's Dream" and a P-51D Mustang "Little Horse."

All of the planes were used in WWII, and attendees were reminded of the humbling youth of those that sat in the planes' cockpits: 19-and-20-year olds boys whom would often fly into combat with the knowledge that they didn't have enough fuel to return home.

The Texas Flying Legends Museum is "dedicated to honoring past generations and inspiring leaders of tomorrow through active display of WWII warbirds." To learn more about the museum, click here.

To learn more about upcoming events at the museum, click here.

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