July 11, 2017
In 2008, the Lone Star Flight Museum at Scholes International Airport in Galveston, TX suffered extensive flood damage due to Hurricane Ike. Close to a decade later, the museum will shut down, and relocate to Ellington Airport in Houston. The 138,000-square-foot, $38-million location is both larger, and farther away from Gulf Coast hurricanes.
The museum opened in 1990, and in 1995 the Texas legislature declared the site home to the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. The Galveston location will officially close July 15, 2017, with its Ellington Airport re-opening slated for Labor Day weekend.
According to museum President and COO Larry Gregory, the move is being made “to protect our historic aircraft collection.” He acknowledged the decision was difficult, noting that “we have enjoyed being part of the community and working with so many wonderful people on the island over the years. Galveston is truly a unique place that offers visitors a wide variety of things to do.”
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