Ike Causes ‘Extensive’ Damage to Lone Star Flight Museum
EAA Warbirds of America pledges assistance
September 16, 2008 — Hurricane Ike’s destructive forces caused extensive damage to the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas, but thankfully people and many of the aircraft were evacuated before the storm, according to information posted on www.lsfm.org.
In a message posted on the website, Lone Star Flight Museum President Larry Gregory wrote, “The damage to the museum is extensive,” and that officials are in the process of conducting a preliminary assessment to determine what the organization’s needs will be. “It is just too early to know when the museum will reopen since we don’t know what is needed,” he wrote, adding that many hours of work will be needed in the coming weeks, along with considerable financial support to get the doors open. See photos of the destruction on the LSFM website.
Bill Fischer, executive director of the EAA Warbirds of America, contacted Gregory and offered the organization’s assistance when the Lone Star group is ready and able to receive it.
Prior to the storm pilots were able to fly several of the LSFM aircraft out of harm’s way, including the B-17, B-25, DC-3, P-47, F6F, F4U, SBD, PT-17, T-6 and the F8F. Many of these aircraft had been flown to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in past years, including this past summer, to be part of the warbird activities at Oshkosh.
“We want to thank all of our friends and supporters for their thoughts and prayers,” Gregory said.