The Lone Star Flight Museum is an aerospace museum that displays more than 40 historically significant aircraft and many hundreds of artifacts related to the history of flight. The museum's collection is rare because most of the aircraft are flyable. Located next to Ellington Airport, the museum is housed on about 100,000 feet of property, including its own airstrip. The museum, formerly located in Galveston, moved to Houston to avoid a repeat of the devastation suffered during Hurricane Ike.
Ellie & Jason are playing on the hands-on plane and glider they have. This is a great place for kids as they have a lot of things for them to do.
Jim even took a turn at flying. This is one place that is limited to 10 years or older. It looks like he is flying in a straight line, but that did not last long. He zigged zagged so much it made me dizzy just watching him. Luckily we did not crash, and the game just ended before we hit the ground.
|Curtiss A-1 Triad|
|B-17 Flying Fortress|
The following pictures were taken on our tour inside the B-17.
Jim had to go back so I could get a picture of him from the outside while he stood in the top gunner hold. Look closely.
|Jim in top gunner hold|
|Bessie the Bear|
For the Doolittle raid on Toykyo, the Norden bombsight was removed from the B-25s and replaced with a simple angled sight nicknamed the Mark Twain. Because the mission was flown at low levels, the Norden was not needed; also, it was feared that the secret bombsight might fall into enemy hands if one of the raiding aircraft was shot down over Japan.
The first aircraft were not designed for comfort and their reliability was questionable. Passengers took to the air at great risk to life and limb.