2002 Terminal Dr. Galveston, TX 77554 409-740-7722 or 1-888-FLY-LSFM (359-5736) Open 9 am-5 pm Daily
The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, home of the Lone Star Flight Museum, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational museum whose purposes are:
• To promote and encourage the study of the Science of Aviation through educational programs, historically significant artifact exhibits, interpretive educational exhibits, special events and publications; and,
• To acquire, restore to flying condition, maintain, operate, and display historically significant vintage aircraft and other materials and artifacts relating to the technology, development and history of aviation; and,
• To honor and recognize Texans and Texas aviation events that have made significant and lasting contributions to the advancement of aviation; and,
• To increase public understanding, appreciation and awareness of the role of the State of Texas and Texans in the advancement of the science and impact of aviation; and,
• To preserve, protect and present Texas' aviation heritage for future generations.
Recognized by the State of Texas as the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, the Museum places special educational significance on the technological evolution of American aviation and related technologies, and the impact of these developments on the progress of aviation and world events.
The Lone Star Flight Museum, a 501 (c)(3) self-supporting educational museum, began as a private aircraft collection in June 1985. The acquisition of more aircraft quickly led to a search for a new home. In 1990, construction of a 50,000 sq. ft. Phase I facility began at Galveston's Scholes Field. Continued rapid growth required construction of a 30,000 sq. ft. Phase II hangar in 1991. Along with the aircraft collection, the LSFM began to acquire and display aviation memorabilia and artifacts, develop educational programs, and recruit volunteers through our Membership Program implemented in July 1991. The LSFM receives over 35,000 of volunteer service hours each year. Many programs and participation opportunities are available for members to promote and support the LSFM mission.
The 74th Texas Legislature through a concurrent resolution signed by then Gov. George W. Bush, established the LSFM as the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. The LSFM quickly organized a capital campaign and the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Education Center was completed in November of 1999. Housed in the new addition are the displays presenting each inductee's experiences and contributions to aviation. Other rotating and permanent educational exhibits designed to increase knowledge, interest and the impact of aviation on today's world are found throughout the Education Center.
The Fondren Center for Aviation Studies and Jesse H. Jones Research Center Library opened in 1998. The center contains the LSFM's extensive collection of books, manuscripts, oral histories and original papers of aviators and aviation history. The Library is open to researchers worldwide.
The LSFM continues to bolster its national and international reputation as one of the top flying museums in the United States. Today the Museum displays over 40 historically significant aircraft and over 1500 artifacts that demonstrate the quantum leap in technology - from gliders to space - over the past century.
The Museum's flying collection of award winning aircraft annually logs more than 40,000 cross-country air miles to participate in flying displays and air shows. The Museum's P-47 Thunderbolt participates in the United States Air Force "Heritage Flight" program. Comprised of Air Force demonstration pilots and select vintage aircraft, the "Heritage Flight" unites the classic war birds of yesterday with current inventory jet fighters at aviation events across the country. This unique production takes the living history lesson to the public in the air and is seen by over 1.5 million people each year.