A Visit to the Lone Star Flight Museum
On December 28th, 2007

The Lone Star Flight Museum is in Galveston, Texas,
next to Moody Gardens & Schlitterbahn Waterpark

What is single vertical tail doing on a B-24?

It is a Navy Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

A post-WW2 Electronics-countermeasures platform

Stephen checks to see if the bomb is live

Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless Dive Bomber

Sank 3 of 4 Japanese carriers at Midway

Replaced by the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver in July, 1944

Supermarine Spitfire LFXVIe whose markings
represent those of Lance Wade, a Texan, . . .

who scored 23 aerial victories while flying with the
Royal Air Force in the Mediterranean Theater

This Hawker Hurricane MkIIB crashed in 1944
while flying Canadian maritime patrol

Recovered from swamp in the 1960's, restored over
15 years, and flew again on May 12, 2006

Rolls Royce Merlin engine used in Spitfire, Lancaster
Bomber, Hurricane, P-51 Mustang & some P-40s.

AT-6/SNJ Texan trained allied pilots for combat
This one has a larger engine & 4ft shorter wingspan

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt.   At 10K pounds, the

. . . largest & heaviest single engine fighter of WW2

1943 Boeing PT-17 Stearman WW2 trainer

Available for flight experiences, $225 for 25 mins.

B-25 Mitchell, best known for Jimmy Doolittle's . . .

. . . raid on Tokyo in 1942 from the USS Hornet

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Thunderbird, flew . . .

. . . 112 bombing missions for the 303rd Bomb Group

I crawled through the Thunderbird in October, 2004

Grumman Bearcat F8F-2, last of the WW2 'Cats'

Entered service in May, 1945 & just missed WW2

N3N, navy trainer used from 1934-1950's

TBM-3U Avenger torpedo bomber Pres. Bush flew

Nakajima B5N1 carrier Torpedo Bomber (Kate)

It is actually an AT-6/SNJ Texan painted up

Looks real during Pearl Harbor attack reenactments

Grumman F6F Hellcat had a 19-1 kill ratio in WW2

Vought F4U-5N Corsair carrier based fighter

Another AT-6/SNJ Texan

With nice checkerboard paintjob

1941 Chevrolet Pickup

1964 Beechcraft H18 Twin Beech w/nose gear

Beech AT-11 Kansan bombardier & gunner trainer

Cessna AT-17/T-50 Bobcat, the "Bamboo Bomber"

A rare 8 gun 'Hard Nose' on the museum's . . .

. . . Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon Navy transporter

First flown in the 1930's, the Douglas DC-3 created

. . . commercial passenger travel as we know it today

Grumman F3F-2, last biplane fighter in service
one year then replaced by the F4F Wildcat

The Stinson L-5 Sentinel was built as an aerial jeep,
the eye in the sky for every branch of service

Convair TB-58 Hustler was the only supersonic
strategic bomber to enter squadron service.

The B-57 dwarfs the B-29
(when the B-29 is a 1/50th scale model)

She can really hustle for 1,420 mph at 65,000 feet

Each engine (when installed) give 15,500 lbs/thrust

Pratt-Whitney R-4360 powered the Corsair & B-36

Junkers Jumo 004 engine that powered the Me-262

What is that intercepting the B-58 Hustler?

It is a Wright Flyer replica w/Orville himself

The RAF's DeHavilland DH-82A Tiger Moth trainer

Consolidated PBY-5A 'Catalina'

Gear retracts into the hull above the water line

Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka rocket kamakazi aircraft

PBY's distinctive parasol mounted wing

Gotta check it out with my kite glider

Texas Aviation Hall of Fame addition houses
inductee's experiences & contributions to aviation

Lady Be Good B-24 found in the Libyan Desert 16
years after bombing Naples, Italy on April 4, 1943

USS Hornet model loaded w/16 Army B-25 bombers

Used for a daring Tokyo raid in April, 1942

71 of 80 crew members survived the raid

NASA awards:
Outstanding Leadership Medal,
Distinguished Service Medal, &
Exceptional Service Medals

Visit the the Museum on your next Galveston visit

Outside North American F-100D 'Super Sabre'