World War II flying aces would be proud of this fine collection of restored aircraft from that era. This Galveston museum als... More
Lone Star Flight Museum
World War II flying aces would be proud of this fine collection of restored aircraft from that era. This Galveston museum also showcases old photographs and artifacts along with the planes. It is the perfect outing for an aircraft enthusiast and provides a fun educational experience for kids of all ages. Be prepared for an adventurous trip into the history of aviation. Different events are scheduled throughout the year, including airshows, lectures and special exhibits. For special event information, call the toll-free number listed above. Admission: $6 Adults; Discounts apply for students, senior citizens and groups.
As an aviation buff, I think this is a great place for tourists to visit. Living relatively close myself, I visit a couple of times each year and enjoy it immensely. Admittance is only $5-$6, or it was the last time I visited. They have quite a few aircraft, most from the WWII era, and some under restoration. Among their inventory you'll find a B-17, B-25 Mitchell, P-38 Lightning, PBY Catalina, Supermarine Spitfire, and an A-20 Havoc. If you get lucky, you may get to see them take one up which they do from time to time. Some of the aircraft are what they call 'Static,' meaning that although the aircraft might be fully operational, due to it's rarity and/or difficulty to maintain and/or fly, they don't ever leave the hangar. The P-38 is an unfortunate example of this status.
Most of the aircraft are kept inside a large air conditioned hanger, which is nice if you've been out in the heat and humidity all day. You're allowed to walk among the aircraft at your own pace without a guide. If you stop and read all the little informational tid-bits, you'll be there for hours. It has a very calm and quiet atmosphere unless you happen to visit during a show.
Once a year or so they'll have an air show, and they'll take alot of the planes out and fly them for the crowds. It's a great time but bring your sunscreen, a hat, and wear some good tennis shoes as you'll be out on the 'tar mack' all day if you attend this event. They do allow you to bring lawn chairs to the air show, and cameras are always welcome.