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“The fhistory of flight to fight within arms reach” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lone Star Flight Museum

Lone Star Flight Museum
2002 Terminal Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77554
409 740 7722
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Ranked #4 of 39 Attractions in Galveston
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Housed in a large aircraft hangar, this world-class aviation museum features restored aircraft and historic photographs.
Fort Worth, TX
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“The fhistory of flight to fight within arms reach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

The museum has recovered from disastrous storm damage to now present warbirds and service aircraft from the 1940's on.

Visited May 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“Great attraction in Galveston! Don't miss it.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

This a smaller aviation museum but it also offers you the opportunity for flights on vintage WWII aircraft. http://www.lsfm.org/flightexperiences.html The museum is priced at about $8 and is worth the oppportunity to view the restored aircraft.

I was gifted a flight on the AT-6 Texan Trainer which was worth every penny. The flight, on a beautiful day, lasted about 40 minutes and toured Galveston Island with some gentle aerobotic turns in the open cockpit trainer. A great once in a life time experience for an old airman.

Visited May 2012
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“Lots of vintage aircraft...and don't miss the paintings!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

I had an Entertainment Book coupon that granted two-for-one admission and we thought it would be a nice place to visit on a Saturday afternoon. First, it can be a little tricky to find, but if you just follow the signs to Moody Gardens and/or Schlitterbahn, you'll see the signs that lead you to a big, tan metal building (hangar) that houses the museum.

It took about 15 minutes to get into the museum because they one individual working the desk could not figure out how to process the coupon, but she eventually just let us go in without paying so that we could get started. We paid on the way out when another person was working the desk who could figure it out. Staff were very friendly, but just be patient.

The museum itself is certainly a gem to those who enjoy vintage aircraft. The focus here is not limited to aircraft that were on WWII aircraft carriers, but there are quite a few of them. There are well over several dozen planes on display, many owned by the museum and a good number on loan from other aviation museums. If you have experience with these planes or are a WWII buff, then you will probably get a lot out of the museum. If you don't know much about aviation history, you might be a little let down because the aircraft are not very well interpreted. There are little placards in front of each plane that gives its dimensions, speed and a paragraph or two of its history and/or mission, but no real overarching history. There are no films or contextual overview displays; just you and the planes (and a few jeeps, a sweet 1941 Chevy truck, etc). No jets though, so if you are looking for an F-15, you won't find it here.

However, the surprise treat of the visit was the paintings. Be sure and go back by the restrooms and see the three walls of airplane paintings. I do not know if they are a permanent exhibit, but they were superb and one of the highlights of the visit. Even if you don't consider yourself an art fan, just go look at them!

Otherwise, the museum has a rather large store that has a rather broad, if eclectic, selection of clothing, books, signs and other aircraft memorabilia. If you know someone who flies and/or loves airplanes, you'll probably be able to find something here. And if you have been to NASA and wished you'd have bought some of the "space food" they sell there, they have some of it in the gift shop at about half the price of NASA. (Dehydrated ice cream bars, anyone? Yours for under 3 bucks!) The bathrooms were adequate, although the towel dispenser was broken and there are no baby changing tables, if that is important to you. There is a wheelchair ramp into the building and you will have no access problems if you are in a wheelchair or pushing a stroller. There is no cafe at this museum.

I'd like to go back with someone who flew these planes or a hardcore aviation buff who could tell me a lot more about the planes, stories of their missions, etc. Without that, it is a relatively quick visit, taking about an hour to stroll around the aircraft. With a veteran, I could spend much longer. If you have someone like this, buy them a ticket and bring the along!

Unless you are visiting alone, there is no need to pay full price. Most tourist magazines have at least a buy one, get one half off deal. Entertainment Book has two-for-one. Full price admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors and little kids are free.

Visited May 2012
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Longview, Texas, United States
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“Not Bad For 8 Bucks”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Finally went to this museum after hearing about it. 8 bucks is what it cost to get to see two hangers full of planes, helicopters, a couple of army jeeps, a Indian Motorcycle, and a 1941 Chevy truck. Not too bad, but was able to go through it pretty fast. I thought it was just me, but two other patrons came in after me and left the museum at the same time. The other problem is the building lacks proper signage. There's a mural of the word Lone Star and that's how I figured out I was at the right place. It didn't say Lone Star Flight Museum. Sounds a bit picky I know, but if you aren't familiar with the area, sometimes having a proper sign helps.

Visited April 2012
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Waterford, Michigan
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“Not one of the best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

It was interesting and the personnel were great, but the museum is somewhat small and will be moving soon because of the hurricanes and the damage they caused

Visited February 2012
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