A "working museum" is the title I would use to describe the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, TX. I chose that description because many of the planes are maintained in flight condition. For example, a B-25 (shown in the text below) Flight Experience is available for $375 per person.
Although tempting, the thought of flying in an open cockpit of one of the biplanes did not materialize.
Known by its Navy nickname, Slow But Deadly, this plane was a WWII carrier-based dive bomber that served with distinction in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. It played a pivotal role in the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway where the SBDs were instrumental in the sinking of three of four Japanese carriers.
The B-25 Mitchell was a very versatile medium-duty bomber which flew in both the Pacific and European Theaters during World War II. The Flight Museum B-25 is the official aircraft of the Doolittle Raiders. It honors the 80 brave men who flew 16 land-based B-25s off the USS Hornet in the first raid against the Japanese on their own soil.
The trademark gull wings are the result of having to place the main landing gear at the lowest point in the wings to prevent the huge 13-foot diameter propeller from hitting the ground or flight deck on take-off or landing.
"The DC-3 was a major stepping-stone in the development of today's worldwide commercial aviation system," said Continental Chairman and CEO Gordon Bethune.
Manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, CA, in 1940, this aircraft was reacquired and restored in '50s-vintage colors by Continental in 1989. Since then, the aircraft has attended many air shows, winning prizes including "Grand Champion Antique Air Transport" at the 1997 EAA Convention and Airshow, Oshkosh, WI.