The Lone Star Flight Museum unveiled plans for their new museum this week. After roughly twenty successful years alongside the coastal waters in Galveston, Texas, the museum decided it was time to move to a securer location following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike in September, 2008. The new museum will reside in a 130,000-square-foot facility at Ellington Airport near Houston, Texas. The groundbreaking for the new museum will begin in the spring of 2015, with a planned reopening set for 2016.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker arrived at the Houston unveiling in grand style; in the front seat of a Stearman biplane with the museum’s president, Larry Gregory at the controls. Houston Airport System director Mario Diaz, retired NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, former US Secretary of Education Rod Paige and museum vice-chair Scott Rozzell were also in attendance. The new museum will be more than just a hangar for beautifully restored vintage aircraft, and will feature a strong, hands-on educational component as well in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math and how they apply to aviation. Aviation history will also obviously play a strong role as well. The good news is that the new museum building project has already raised $25 million of its expected $35 million construction cost, but there is obviously still a significant funding shortage. Hopefully some of our readers will be able to contribute to the funding drive.
Please visit the Lone Star Flight Museum’s website HERE to find out how you might help.