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Hurricane Ike devastates Lone Star Flight Museum

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I got word yesterday from a good friend that the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas was devastated by Hurricane Ike. Any description I give will not do the reality of the damage justice.

Before Ike arrived, the museum was able to move its B-17, B-25, DC-3,P-47, F6F, F4U, SBD, PT-17, T-6 and F8F out of harms way. The LSFM website says that it will be adding a special donations page to help with the rebuilding "within the next 24 hours." Once it is available, I will add the link to this page as well.

From Museum President Larry Gregory:

September 16, 2008 6:30 p.m. - Galveston, Texas

A first site survey found damage from Ike as substantial. The hangars and Texas Aviation Hall of Fame had 7-8 feet of water in those areas. The gift shop and lobby area had 3-4 feet of water. The southwest side of both hangars appear compromised. The entire contents of the gift ship are lost. Every exhibit in the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame was destroyed although some artifacts may be able to be saved.. How many is yet to be determined.

The airplanes received major water damage. Most remain in good shape physically. All plumbing and electrical systems are inoperable. The roof is okay minus one skylight. The second floor appears to be untouched. All evacuated aircraft are ok.

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More photos after the jump.
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