One of the most notable collection of aircraft is stored in the Lone Star Museum. The museum is home to over 24 rare aircraft that are both flyable and non-flyable. Some of the aircraft are still utilized in local airshows. Also, on display is a diverse collection of artifacts and photographs that date back hundreds of years ago. The public is invited to visit the museum for a small fee six days a week.
The Lone Star Flight Museum has developed from a private collection to public facility over a five-year span. The now nonprofit organization relies on private donations to maintain the restored planes and helicopters on display. In September 2008, the museum was hit by Hurricane Ike. The museum reported damage that was estimated to be over $7 million. When the museum was deemed eligible for hurricane relief, FEMA presented them with a check for $7.6 million.
The museum was eventually relocated to Aerospace Avenue in Houston, Texas. The new 100,000-square-foot facility, which opened on September 16, 2017, is conveniently located at the Ellington International Airport.
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As mentioned above, some of the museum’s aircraft is utilized for airshows. In fact, the pilots travel across the country to deliver some of the most spectacular air demonstrations. It was reported in 2005 that the aircraft traveled over 40,000 miles annually to participate in air demonstrations.
In October 2013, the museum’s TF-51 (P-51) Mustang crashed near the museum in Halls Lake. The pilot and only passenger were reported deceased at the scene. It was later reported that the passenger was visiting the United States from the United Kingdom at the time of the accident.
Open To The Public
The Lone State Flight Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. The museum features are gift shop for those interested in taking home a souvenir.