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!