WWII Aircraft – Lone Star Flight Museum

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F4U Corsair

I had the unique pleasure to visit the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas in May of 2013.  It was quite an experience for a lover of WWII aircraft such as myself.

The interesting thing about this museum is that the majority of these aircraft are “flyers”!  That’s right!  They still fly.  There is a dedicated team of mechanics, aviators and others that keep these beloved 70 year old beauties in the air.  It certainly is a labor of love and the impeccable condition of the aircraft is a testimony to that fact.

I was even more fortunate than I anticipated, that when I arrived I could hear the roar of a radial engine in the immediate distance.  The kind woman at the museum entrance told me that they would be bringing out several aircraft for check-out for the upcoming mothers-day weekend flights.  In fact, the F4U Corsair, my favorite plane of all time, would be one of them.  I couldn’t believe it!  And couldn’t wait!

The images included here are the aircraft that the Museum team were working through and readying for flight.
The P-47 Thunderbolt was first, followed by the B-25 and finally the F4U.  Additionally, they had to pull out the PT-17 Stearman in order to get the Corsair on the tarmac.  What a beautiful aircraft!  Used as a pilot trainer in WWII.

All in all, a very memorable day!  Thanks to the good folks at the Flight Museum for making my day so wonderful!

Into the wild blue yonder!

PT-17 Stearman

PT-17 Stearman

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47 Thunderbolt

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P-47 Thunderbolt

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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47 Thunderbolt

B-17

B-17

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47 Thunderbolt

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B-25 – Doolittle’s Raiders replica

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B-25

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B-25 Doolittle’s Raiders

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B-25 – WWII fame!

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B-25 cockpit

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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F4U Corsair

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PT-17 Stearman – flight trainer

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PT-17 Stearman

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PT-17

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PT-17

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PT-17

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PT-17

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