Midland, Texas (September 18, 2008) — Friday, Sept. 19, the Lone Star Flight Museum’s B-25N and B-17G will be arriving in Midland for a long-term stay at CAF Headquarters. Hurricane Ike left behind a wake of destruction in the Gulf Coast area of Texas. An unfortunate victim of the hurricane is the Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) of Galveston. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is pleased to offer refuge to the B-25 and B-17 in the hangars at CAF Headquarters in Midland, TX and to assist the LSFM in any way possible. A site survey revealed that the damage from Hurricane Ike was considerable. With seven to eight feet of water in the LSFM hangars and Texas Aviation Hall of Fame and 3-4 feet of water in the gift shop and lobby, the museum has been closed until it can be repaired. Fortunately, LSFM pilots were able to evacuate the B-17, B-25, DC-3, P-47, F6F, F4U, SBD, PT-17, T-6 and F8F before Ike could reach the Gulf Coast.
“It is important to the Warbird community that we support each other,” said CAF President, Stephan C. Brown. “Protecting these rare parts of our history is the most integral point of our mission at the CAF. It does not matter to whom these aircraft belong, only that they are kept safe and continue to bring history to life for our future generations.”
Just in time to be a part of the FINA-CAF AIRSHO 2008, the unique B-25 and B-17 will be a wonderful addition to the variety of aircraft on display at the bomber ramp. Standing near these beautiful aircraft will be an opportunity to help the Lone Star Flight Museum operate once again in the form of a donation box.
For more information on the Lone Star Flight Museum and to view photos of the damage wrought by Hurricane Ike, please visit www.lsfm.org.
Collecting, restoring and flying warbirds for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance with a flying museum of classic military aircraft.
A non-profit educational association, the CAF has approximately 9,000 members and a fleet of almost 160 airplanes representing more than 60 different types – including planes from several foreign countries and military conflicts since World War II. For more information, visit www.airsho.org, www.commemorativeairforce.org or call (432) 563-1000.
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