Honoring Our Past, Inspiring Our Future. Words of the Texas Flying Legends Museum that I am now fortunate enough to have been asked to help spread. It’s an amazing honor to be a part of this group’s mission. Myself along with WRP and Jake Peterson helped cover TFLM 2016 events to help inspire and remember.
Below is a selection of some of my favorite videos put I put together of the Texas Flying Legends Museum. You can see more at the TFLM Videos section, including many more veteran interviews and even more event footage.
Now there’s a lot of footage from the Doolittle Reunion, but this video by far was the most fun to shoot. The pilots and the skies really put on their best for this one.
At Grimes’ Field, literally just after landing, we met and talked to John McDowell and his sister Patti McDowell Fitzgerald, who told us of the experiences of their father, Harold McDowell, who kept many artifacts of his service, and passed them down to his kids, finding their way to TFLM for safe keeping. This was an incredible story to hear.
April 18th’s 75th Doolittle Reunion would be the last event I cover the Texas Flying Legends, and it was an amazing experience. From the planes to the vets, the pilots and the places, you couldn’t help but be awed by all that comes together to make a very special tribute over those few days.
Now the Texas Flying Legends do more shows than just the big six ship. They do smaller shows around the country as well with fewer planes, but often these smaller shows end up being some of the most intimate and fun, with less pressure and more time to just enjoy the magic of flight.
At TFLM HQ, the Wings over Houston Airshow at Ellington Field is an excellent end to an incredible year. We flew around the country with these planes, with Houston making the journey truly come full circle. Time for one more six ship performance.
With a bit of a break, we got rested up for the big one, Oshkosh. Having personally never done anything like Oshkosh, you might imagine it was pretty overwhelming to take it all in. But somehow, we got this amazing video together anyway, made easy of course by our amazing performers.
Next was a weekend in Chino, CA April 29th to May 1st! The Planes of Fame volunteers work wonders out there and we were very grateful for their help!
Our first TFLM air show was the Los Angeles County Air Show, were TFLM put on a spectacular performance and got the crowd fired up!