Hurricane Ike decimated the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston in 2008 but, with the help of many heroes, the historic airplanes were saved. The museum's new $38 million dollar facility, rebuilt at Ellington Airport, delayed its Labor Day weekend grand opening after Hurricane Harvey unleashed hell on the Bayou City, rescheduling the event for this Saturday. We're talking 130,000 square feet of historically significant aircraft, more than 1,500 artifacts and a visual, technological journey through time, ranging from gliders to space exploration. It's also home base for the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame that pays tribute to the movers and shakers of the aviation world. The museum knows that our region is still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey and so they've instituted a pay-what-you-can admission price through October 1. So let's kick the tires, light the fires and get ready to experience the thrill of the hang gliding exhibit, the Redbird Flight Simulation MX2 and so much more.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 16. Continuing 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 11551 Aerospace Avenue. For information, call 346-708-2517 or visit lonestarflight.org. Free to $18.
The museum will open to the public Labor Day weekend with fun, family activities, and free admission for children 11 and under starting on Saturday, September 2, 2017 and concluding on Monday, September 4th. From 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., visitors will be able to:
• PREPARE for takeoff in the cockpit of a Curtiss Jenny or a P-51 Mustang in the Flight Academy
• LIFT OFF into Texas aviation history in the Texas Aviation Heritage Gallery and Texas Aviation Hall of Fame
• CRUISE through our collection of historic aircraft in two 30,000 sq. ft. hangars
• SOAR in a live action hang glider simulator
• EXPLORE the wonder of flight and pilot experience in the Aviation Learning Center
• HOVER for a full day of food trucks and special activities