2002 Terminal Dr. Galveston, TX 77554 409-740-7722 or 1-888-FLY-LSFM (359-5736) Open 9 am-5 pm Daily
What aircraft are available for flight experiences? What is the cost?
Currently, the Lone Star Flight Museum is pleased to offer flight experiences in the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, North American B-25 Mitchell, the North American T-6 Texan, the Boeing PT-17 Stearman, and the Cessna T-41 Mescalero.
B-17: $425 B-25: $375 AT-6 Texan: $290
PT-17 Stearman: $225 T-41 Mescalero: $225 (Total Mescalero rental whether 1 or 2 passengers)
Duration of flight experience is 35-40 minutes, 20-25 minutes in the air. Passengers must be 18 or older for trainers and Mustang. Passengers in the bombers can be 12-17 years if accompanied by a parent. They cannot fly without a parent. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Can I buy a flight as a gift for a friend or family member?
Certainly! A flight in one of our historic aircraft makes the perfect gift for all occasions. Certificates are available for purchase and can be shipped for next day delivery. Our flight experiences can also serve as a unique business tool for your clients and employees. Call the Museum to discuss how our airplanes can help your business with a great team building or entertainment event.
Are there any age restrictions?
Yes. Passengers must be at least 18 years of age for flights in trainers and the Mustang. Passengers in the bombers can be 12-17 years years if accompanied by a parent. They cannot fly without a parent. NO EXCEPTIONS!
How do I schedule a flight?
How many seats are available on each flight?
The the PT-17 Stearman, T-6 Texan and T-41 Muscalero can only carry one passenger. There are 5 seats available on the B-25 and 7 on the B-17. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of 4 people are required per flight on the B-25 and 5 on the B-17. If fewer than the minimum are booked, we will try to reschedule the flight that day or as soon as possible. If rescheduling is not possible these flights may be cancelled and passengers may elect to remain on the master list or receive a refund.
Can I book a whole flight on the bombers?
Yes, it is possible to book a whole flight and we offer a discount for the convenience. Call the Museum at 1-409-740-7722 or toll free 1-888-FLY-LSFM (1-888-359-5736) or email email@example.com.
I bought a flight experience. Am I required to pay admission to the museum?
We encourage you to share your experience with family and friends, but the cost of the flight covers aircraft expenses only. When rides are conducted at the Museum, you and one guest are allowed complimentary admission to the Museum. Others in your party will be charged regular admission. We offer discounts for groups of 20 or more. While you are at the Museum, take a few moments to tour the aircraft displays. Our regular admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students 5-17. Children under 5 are admitted free.
What happens during a flight experience?
We ask you to arrive 45 minutes prior to your scheduled flight time to get acquainted with the aircraft and crew. You will be asked to fill out a liability waiver, and if you have not paid in full, the balance will be requested at this time.
Shortly before boarding the airplane, we will discuss aircraft safety with you and the other passengers. Seating assignments and flight procedures will be discussed at this time. You will then be taken aboard the aircraft. All passengers must be seated and wear a seatbelt for all ground operations and takeoff and landing.
Once the aircraft is in the air, you will be allowed to move about the aircraft. Take this time to visit the various compartments of the aircraft like the nose, bomb bay, navigation/radio, cockpit and waist sections. For safety reasons it is not possible to enter the ball turret or the tail turret in the B-17. Explore as much as you like and feel free to take pictures and video. Obviously, Stearman and T-6 passengers will remain belted in their seats at all times.
Once the crew has secured the aircraft you will be directed to exit. Feel free to pose for pictures, but use caution around the engines as they may still be hot. For flights originating out of our Galveston facility, be sure to tour the Museum before you leave.
How long does the flight experience last?
Each flight experience lasts approximately 35-40 minutes, of which 20-25 minutes will be in the air.
I am flying in a Stearman or T-6; will the pilot perform any aerobatics?
No. FAA regulations and Museum policies prevent us from performing aerobatics.
What should I wear or bring?
Wear clothing appropriate to the local weather conditions. During the summer months, the temperature inside the aircraft will be quite warm. Please dress comfortably and drink plenty of fluids before your flight. Likewise, it will be cold and drafty in the winter. Ear plugs are provided. Wear comfortable shoes. Closed-toed shoes are a strong recommendation; please no flip flops! High or pointed heels are not permitted. Cameras and camcorders are allowed (and encouraged), but please try and keep them as small as possible as space is restricted inside the airplane. Other forms of baggage are generally discouraged. The Lone Star Flight Museum is not responsible for the loss or damage of items such as cameras in flight.
The Stearman is an open cockpit airplane and extra care is required when dealing with cameras and other loose items in your possession. Feel free to take pictures; however, we urge you to keep your camera on a short leash. It will be difficult to hold in the 100mph air stream outside the cockpit. Obviously, we are not responsible for any lost items or equipment. A headset will be provided. Sunglasses are encouraged to protect your eyes when flying in the Stearman. The Stearman and T-6 are not climate-controlled so prepare for the weather accordingly. Close-toed shoes and non-baggy clothing are recommended. Skirts are discouraged as some climbing is required to enter the cockpit.
How accessible is the airplane to people of limited mobility?
Our aircraft were not designed for standard passenger operations; however, we have successfully flown people of limited mobility. Some physical exertion is required and size and weight restrictions may apply, especially in the Stearman. For any other health concerns, please consult your physician.
Are there any weight restrictions?
Some may apply. We impose a 250lb limit for the Stearman and a 275lb limit for the T-6 for safety reasons. The bombers are more restrictive in size than weight as many of the passageways are small. You may not have the option to explore the aircraft during flight. Physical exertion is required to enter and maneuver in the airplanes. Please consult your physician with any concerns.
Do I need to be a pilot or a military veteran?
No – anyone can enjoy a Flight Experience. All you need is a desire to fly in a historic aircraft.
I’m a pilot. Will I be allowed to handle the controls of the airplane?
No. You will be allowed into the cockpit section during the flight to observe the pilots, but FAA regulations prohibit you from occupying a pilot seat or interfering with the pilots during the flight.
Am I required to be an LSFM Member?
No. It is not mandatory to be an LSFM Member to participate. However, a discount is given to LSFM members. Visit our website or call for membership information.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Weather and/or mechanical problems may delay or cancel a scheduled flight. If mechanical or weather problems occur at the time of your scheduled flight, alternatives will be discussed with you whether to reschedule the flight for a later time, date or location. Every effort will be made to reschedule these flights. Weather conditions can vary greatly across our region. You will be charged if you fail to show for a scheduled flight because the weather was “bad” at your location. We will make every effort to contact scheduled passengers when the weather forces a cancellation of flying activities.
What if I have other questions?
If you have further questions, please call: 409-740-7722 or Toll free 1-8888-FLY-LSFM (359-5736),
or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is a waiver of liability required?