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Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston

(4.4/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
The Lone Star Flight Museum, located in Galveston, Texas in the United States, is an aerospace museum that displays more than 40 historically significant aircraft and many hundreds of artifacts related to the history of flight. The museum's collection is rare because most of the aircraft are flyable. Located next to Scholes International Airport at Galveston, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, and Moody Gardens, the museum is housed on about 100,000 ft2 (10,000 m2) of property, including its own airstrip. The museum is in the process of moving to Houston to avoid a repeat of the devastation suffered during Hurricane Ike.HistoryThe museum began as a private collection of historic aircraft in 1985. By 1990, that collection had grown enough that its owner decided to place them on public display. The Lone Star Flight Museum, a non-profit organization funded entirely through private donations, was formed for that purpose.AirshowsThe museum's collection often participates in airshows across the country. As of 2005, the museum's aircraft annually log more than 40,000 miles (60,000 km) of cross-country flying to various air demonstrations.The museum's P-47 Thunderbolt participates in USAF Heritage Flights throughout the year. The USAF Heritage Flight program was established in 1997 to commemorate the Air Force's 50th anniversary. It involves today's state-of-the-art fighters flying in close formation with World War II, Korean and Vietnam era fighters such as the P-51 Mustang and the F-86 Sabre. The flight's mission is to safely and proudly display the evolution of US Air Force airpower and to support the Air Force's recruiting and retention efforts.
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TripAdvisor
  • Definitely stop by here if you like to see historical planes. Very clean and a nice gift shop. They even have flight experiences but we didn't do one.  more »
  • Our 5 year old and 3 year old boys loved going here. Didn't take but 30-45 minutes to see it all but they were happy. My wife and I enjoyed it as well.  more »
  • If you have a passion for aviation, it would be hard press for you not to fall for the charm of the Lone Star Flight Museum. The planes have so much history and the engineering alone is mind boggling ...  more »
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  • Good airplane museum. They have several planes and jeeps to see. We got to see a plane land. Priced right and parking is free.
  • What a blast! (No pun intended) There is so much to learn, lots of cool technology to see, plus theres a tour inside the 747 boieng shuttle carrier, food and souvenirs are a bit pricey but the overall experience makes up for it!!!
  • I loved the place. Great war birds and pieces of history. Staff are friendly. However, as of time of writing, some parts of the museum seem inaccesible, even when there are clearly more planes or objects to be seen. And some plaques are out of place. But this negative comment is negative because of the excellent work this museum has done to keep these old birds airworthy. Also, despite the fact the museum took a heavy hit during hurricane Ike, it still does its best, and succeeds, to present their aircraft, which is probably why some places are sanctioned off. Great museum overall, wish I could donate more to help!
  • Took my 2 1/2 year old grandson. He was enthralled. Best fun.
  • Fantastic collection of WW II aircraft, all of them in perfect flying condition. If you want, you can take a ride, for a price.