| Richard Buro|
The Lone Star Flight Museum is one of my favorite museums of vintage aircraft. The museum suffered significant water damage from the ravages of Hurricane Ike. There was over 8' of water in and around the museum during the worst of the storm. Several aircraft in restoration were damaged, and the flyable airframes were ferried out of Galveston prior to the storm. Still planes like the Prviateer (PB4Y), TB58A Hustler trainer, and the PB5Y Catalina were not moved due to various reasons. The most serious loss was the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame where all exhibits were damaged with only a few items (if any) might have been salvageable. I have no personal knowledge about any items that might have been saved, but a Houston Chronicle article written after the storm indicated that the Hall of Fame was a total loss. It amazes me to see how much has been done since the storm even today, but they are still at rebuilding. Comments from those who scorn the museum for having ladders being on planes, etc. need to be aware that one of the museums missions is to restore vintage aircraft to flying status so that others may see, hear, and appreciate the fact that flying history pieces are still important and valued by many aviation enthusiasts. One plane that is not mentioned in your list of flying aircraft is the "Thunderbird," a B-17G Flying Fortress. I do not have the serial number ready at hand, but I know I have several photographs of it from various occasions where it was present and/or flying. I would rate it prior to Ike as a 5 star World Class Museum, but since Ike they are still rebuilding and restoring their collection - so I would say probably 4 Star Above Average is more what critics will see today. I still think it is a World Class operation -- especially for the amount of flying airframes in the collection. Way to go, LSFM!!
12/23/2010 @ 23:42 [ref: 12060]
| John C. Driskill|
My wife and I visited this museum for the first time in Sept.2010. I found the museum was at best a 2nd rate affair. Ladders were left about standing next to aircraft spoiling the view for photographs. I went to the website for the Lone Star Flight Museum to see a list of the displayed aircraft. What was on display was different from the on line list. Some of the aircraft were not identified like a Douglas A-1 Skyraider and a few others. One side of the hanger is blocked off and you can only look at a distance at the aircraft. Well one visit was enough for me. The old scared F-100 Super Sabre on the pylon was more interesting outside in the parking lot area and it was free.
09/04/2010 @ 02:03 [ref: 10703]
| david dixon|
me and my three friends turned up at 1650 and found the doors were locked. i spoke to a lady leaving the museum about opening up!!
she then unlocked all of the doors and let us in!
remarkable museum with not a large quantity but, boy o boy the quality was outstanding. excellent museum
05/22/2010 @ 11:49 [ref: 9364]
| Jerry Beaty|
O-2A Tail # 11055 is the aircraft that I flew December 20, 1972, near Cai Be, RVN. I was awarded the DFC/Heroism as a result of Combat action that day.
01/01/2010 @ 11:05 [ref: 9213]
| Rod Krentel|
Nice collection and excellent restoration of the B17 and B25. However the P38 was sold to an individual in Florida and is no longer on display. Very disappointing as it is my favorite aircraft. Still worth the visit.
06/04/2007 @ 15:39 [ref: 5955]
| Rich Wolf|
The LSFM Airshow continues the fine qualities and photo opportunities for both video & still images that started at the former Breckenridge, TX Airshows! The museum collection is outstanding for WW II & Korean War historians; the flight line is situated perfect for viewing aircraft; the airshow announcers & airboss some of the best in the country; and every airshow is centered on American pride & patriotism! I plan to attend the spring airshow every year!
02/20/2006 @ 11:14 [ref: 4816]
| Dan Reinbold|
I spent over 2 hours in this fantastic museum. The volunteers were awesome to talk to...they even gave us the opportunity to see a lot of the aircraft up close.
If you are in Galveston this is definitely a "MUST SEE".
10/21/2005 @ 17:16 [ref: 4524]
| Shirzad Sharif|
San Francisco, California
Great Museum! Loved the planes!!
05/17/2005 @ 23:45 [ref: 4072]
One the best I have seen . Very rare aircraft . I al so like the cut away R4360 ,R3350 and orther engines .
02/07/2005 @ 21:04 [ref: 3797]
| Chris Smiley|
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
This is one of the best in the Southwest. The fact the aircraft are flyable (with a few exceptions) makes this museum more remarkable. Does anyone know if the TB-58 is the same one that used to be on display in Fort Worth?
02/05/2005 @ 21:06 [ref: 3794]