CAF Houston Wing Musuem and Hangar
Open to the public on the 1st and the 3rd Saturday
of each month from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Houston Wing is proud of its WWII museum is primarily dedicated to WWII aviation but which also covers American, German and Japanese military and home front life during the War. You are invited to spend time in our hangar and museum during your visit. The museum exhibits are labeled but there are knowledgeable docents avaliable to expand on the items on display.
Our hangar and museum is open the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. free of charge. We may accommodate visits by organizations or groups at other times during the week with a prior arrangement.
Docent guided tours to church groups, senior groups, scout groups, clubs or school field trips during the week are available with a prior appointment. The Houston Wing’s Museum Collections Officer will work with you to schedule your groups visit to our hangar and museum. Museum and aircraft guided tours typically last about 2 hours depending on your group size.
School and other youth groups are limited by size to 40 – 50 students, but we request that all visiting groups have at least one escorting adult for each eight children and we hope you understand that our museum is not designed to be truly appreciated by children younger than 8 years old.
For more information and to schedule a group tour send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information and our Museum Collections Officer will get back to you. (If you do not get a response within a week call our hangar at 281- 579-2131 and leave a message for our Museum Officer. Please include name of group, contact information (phone and email), number in party (Ages if for children), date/time requesting.
The CAF Houston Wing is assigned many aircraft that are hangared at the West Houston Airport. Five aircraft are World War II era aircraft and one is a Korean War era airplane. These aircraft are maintained and operated by volunteer members of the unit. Maintenance and restoration of these aircraft is on ongoing operation and is done primarily in the hangar. During your tour you may have the opportunity to get inside the cockpit of a WWII trainer or climb aboard a WWII paratroop aircraft. As this is a working hangar availability of aircraft and or touring is subject to change. In addition to the flying aircraft this hangar has a display of WWII engines on static display.
Hitler Youth Knife (Dagger)
The Hitler Youth Knife (German: Hitler-Jugend-Fahrtenmesser) was a knife sold to and carried by boys of the paramilitary youth organization of the Nazi Party that existed from 1922 to 1945. The NAZI Parliament in December 1936, made membership in the Hitler Youth Organizations obligatory for all boys and girls between 10 and 18 years of age. Boys joined the Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend) and girls joined the League of German girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel ).
The Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend) wore knives as part of their uniform, which was very similar to the uniforms worn by the Sturmabteilung or SA. This knife was also given to those who performed exceptionally well in minor exams.
The Hitler Youth knife was designed after the MauserGewehr 98bayonets, except that it does not have a mounting grove and is designed to be a dagger rather than a bayonet. Hitler Youth knives typically have an enameled HJ Swastika Insignia emblem on the obverse grip, and a Reichszeugmeisterei Quartermaster’s) inscription on the blade. In early 1937, the HJ Organization’s motto “Blut und Ehre!” (Blood and Honor!) began to be etched on the knife blades, but this practice was abolished in the early 40’s and later knives were produced with plain blades.
The Hitler Youth dagger that we have on display has the motto Blood and Honor etched on the blade, so it was made during the period from 1937 to 1941. (Our knife was taken off a German soldier during the Battle of the Bulge by CPL. Lyle R. Hess of the 9th Armored Division during December of 1944.) We also have a letter from Cpl. Lyle Hess to his wife, on July 5, 1945. This letter is located in the black binder on the table in the Museum.