Council to consider purchasing vintage planes for Hangar 25

HERALD photo/Robert Barlow
Staff Writer

Three vintage airplanes on a long-term loan to Hangar 25 Air Museum may become a permanent addition if the price is right.
Big Spring City Council members gave the go-ahead for city officials to negotiate a price for the three airplanes when they met Tuesday night in the city council chambers.
City Airpark Director Jim Little made requests for the purchase of the AT11, T33, and T28A that have been on display at the air museum for several years. Those planes are currently on loan to the museum by a benefactor. However, recently the owner has asked the museum to return the airplanes which would leave the museum with some potentially empty space to fill.
“Situations have changed a little bit. Our benefactor has encountered some life changing experiences and he’s going to be getting rid of his boats, cars, and his airplanes, including those airplanes we have at the museum,” stated Little. “These are very unique, antique airplanes, each of which was flown in at the time.”
Little added the city could purchase the plans at below market value.
In other business, council members Raul Marquez, Terry McDonald, and Howard Stewart were sworn in.