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Highland Lakes Squadron Museum, Burnet

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The Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force was chartered 5 April 1992. If a single individual can be credited as the founder, always risky, it would be Col Harold Smith. Col. Smith was chosen as the first Squadron Leader and is still an active member of the Squadron.

The Squadron's first organized events were held in April 1992, a fly-in (held two days after the Charter was received from CAF Headquarters) and a hangar dance. The fly-in was repeated in March 1993. From 1994 to the present we have sponsored the Bluebonnet Air Show which was recently rescheduled from the second Saturday in April to the second Saturday in September.

Initially the Squadron had no aircraft assigned although the B-25 Yellow Rose was in our hangar for our first Hangar Dance. The first aircraft based in our Hangar was a red Stearman owned by Larry Lorenzo. This plane was restored and flown by Lefty Gardner. The second was the CAF's P-40. The P-40 is the aircraft that appears on the squadron logo that was used until the current logo featuring the C-47 was adopted. A L-5, later sold, was the next aircraft. Then came a P-51 owned by Lefty Gardner and the CAF's founder, Lloyd Nolan.
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  • You don't need a book for this lesson. Just drive up HWY-281 from Marble Falls, TX or south on 281 from Burnet and POW..it will come up on you real fast. The tools of war as presented by the...  more »
  • Enjoyed talking with the volunteer in the museums display area and walking through the hanger. Noticed one of the volunteers was a female mechanic. A rarity. Many displays of old aircraft, a tank....  more »

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