Breeze through 40+ historically significant aircraft at the Lone Star Flight Museum

Photo courtesy of Lone Star Flight Museum

Land at the home of the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame and check out vintage aircraft and warplane rides at the Lone Star Flight Museum.

Located next to Ellington International Airport in South Houston, the aerospace museum showcases a particularly rare set of still-flyable aircraft and more than 100,000 feet of property, including its own airstrip and aircraft simulators.

With more than 40 displays of significant flying vehicles and many hundreds of artifacts related to the history of flight, the collection honors the contributions of native Texans and residents including Howard Hughes and former President George H. W. Bush through its Texas Aviation Hall of Fame.

Opened in 1985 and formerly located in Galveston, the museum began as a private collection of historic aircraft, but by 1990 had grown so significantly that the owner decided to place them on public display and convert the collection into a non-profit organization.

The move to Houston’s Ellington Field, however, was not spurred until 2015 in an effort to avoid repeating the devastation the museum suffered at the hand of Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Today, visitors can check out examples of aerospace history including, a SBD Dauntless bomber, Cessna T-41 Mescalero, Boeing PT-17 Stearman, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, and visitors can even take flight in some of the classic rides after purchasing a 20 to 25-minute Flight Experience.

Click here for a full list of aircraft on display at the Lone Star Flight Museum.

Photo courtesy of Lone Star Flight Museum

Lone Star Flight Museum

Photo courtesy of Lone Star Flight Museum
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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.