Thursday, July 14, 2011

FlyPast 2008-11

Hurricane 'Ike' hit the Texas island of Galveston early on September 13, causing massive damage to everything in its path. Thankfully, most of the residents had been evacuated and the loss of life was minimal. Sadly, the renowned Lone Star Flight Museum took a direct hit. Many of the collection's World War Two-era aircraft had been flown to safety in the days prior to 'Ike's' arrival and have survived. The main display building and hangars at Galveston were flooded, with some 7 to 8ft (2.1 to 2.4m) of water in those areas. The gift shop and entrance hall was under 3 to 4 feet of water and all the items inside have been lost. A statement from museum president Larry Gregory said: "All museum staff are safe following the passage of Hurricane 'Ike'. The southwest sides of both hangars appear compromised. Every exhibit in the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame was destroyed, although some artefacts may be able to be saved. How many has yet to be determined.