One of our early stops on this stop in Galveston was "the Lone Star Flight Museum, home to one of the finest collections of restored aircraft and aviation exhibits in the nation. Over 40 restored aircraft are displayed and most are in working condition. The collection includes WWII Fighters, Bombers, Liaison Trainers, and Executive Planes."
When we entered the gift shop to begin our tour, we were greeted by this unusual flying machine.
The goal of "restoring to flying condition" has been achieved by a number of the planes on display. One of the planes available for a 20-25 minute flying time experience is the plane below. Cost? $425.
The A-1 Triad was the first Seaplane and Amphibian ever made. The name "Triad" stands for three: Land, Air and Water. Curtis developed the Triad for the US Navy
Nose art is a decorative painting or design on the fuselage of a military aircraft.
While begun for practical reasons of identifying friendly units, the practice evolved to express the individuality often constrained by the uniformity of the military, to evoke memories of home and peacetime life, and as a kind of psychological protection against the stresses of war and the probability of death. The appeal, in part, came from nose art not being officially approved, even when the regulations against it were not enforced (wikipedia.org/wiki/Nose_art).
Built by Consolidated Aircraft to meet Navy’s need for a low level, long range patrol bomber with increased stability at lower levels and speeds, the PB4Ys were used in Korea for flare-dropping “Firefly” missions often working with Marine F7F Tigercat night fighters.
The Army Air Force AT-11 is an advanced twin engine trainer that was used to train Bombardiers, Gunners and Navigators during and after WWII. Over 90% of all of the Bombardiers in WWII trained in this glass-nosed version of the famous Twin Beech.
The two-seater bi-plane was able to quickly select the best pilots during flight training for the U.S. Navy during the 1930s and 1940s.
The aircraft was known to make aces of most pilots who flew her.
An interesting museum--historic planes on display, unless they're out on a flight.