Lone Star Flight Museum opens Saturday, September 16

- Even before the vintage planes taxied in, people were sitting in the hot son waiting for them.

"We live close by and it was on our neighborhood website and what time they were coming in and all that. We just wanted to see them in her air. It's pretty cool. To see them in the air," said Sherri Smith who was waiting with her husband.

Every plane the museum owns that can fly did fly, pushing through the bumpy air from the old location in Galveston to the new one in Ellington. The short hop is actually a big leap and one that's been a long time in coming. Why build this new $38 million facility? And why here?

Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston and decimated the museum. Many of the planes couldn't be flown out of harm's way and had to ride it out on the island. Some of them still bear the scars of the debris in the floodwaters.  But moving to higher ground is only part of the story. The museum is now closer to Houston, specifically the million or so children in the Houston area.  Doug Owens sees a future in telling children about the past.

"We don't want to make them all pilots, but we want them to know they can do that. They can be engineers. They can be astronauts. They can do anything they want so they can foster that excitement in them when they come to the museum," says CEO Doug Owens.

He says they will focus on science, technology education and math education, not just these old warbirds from their grandparents day. No matter how cool their grandparents think they are.

"It's exciting and I'm really pleased. They're going to be so close to home,"  said Smith. She plans to bring their grandchildren here. 

HOUSTON (AP) -- A vintage military aircraft museum in Galveston that was swamped by Hurricane Ike in 2008 and survived Harvey after recently moving to Houston is set to open.

   Officials with the Lone Star Flight Museum say the $38 million facility will open Saturday at Ellington Airport.

   The museum was to open Sept. 2 but delayed ceremonies as parts of Houston were flooded by Harvey. Spokeswoman Lisa Spence said Wednesday that the new complex wasn't damaged.

   The Lone Star Flight Museum, also home to the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, suffered flood damage when Ike pounded Galveston in September 2008. Authorities later decided to relocate to Houston to be farther from Gulf of Mexico storms.

   Volunteers last month flew most of the vintage planes about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north to Houston.

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