Lone Star Museum Heavily Damaged By Ike

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While Hurricane Ike has faded from memory for most of the country, those hit by the storm will think of little else in coming weeks as the cleanup goes on. In the aviation world, nowhere did the storm wreak more havoc than at the Lone Star Flight Museum, in Galveston. As we mentioned in earlier issues, the museum took a direct hit but the scope of the damage wasn't clear until we received these photos from a reader there. As much as eight feet of water filled some of the facilities and priceless aircraft were inundated. According to a report from the museum, the inventory in the gift shop was destroyed, as were many exhibits. The major need now is fresh water to flush out the aircraft that were hit by the storm surge. Of course, the buildings took a major pounding too and extensive repairs will be required. Some aircraft were moved in advance of the storm and are fine.


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