PT-17 Stearman Bi-Plane

Flight Experiences

Your Boarding Pass to History!

What aircraft are available for flight experiences? What is the cost?

The Lone Star Flight Museum is pleased to offer flight experiences in the the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, North American B-25 Mitchell, North American T-6 Texan, Boeing PT-17 Stearman, Fairchild PT-19 Cornell and the Cessna T-41 Mescalero.  Pricing below is per person unless otherwise noted.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress $450

North American B-25 Mitchell $400

North American AT-6 Texan: $325

Boeing PT-17 Stearman: $250

Fairchild PT-19 Cornell: $250

Cessna T-41 Mescalero: $250 (Total price whether 1 or 3 passengers)

Duration of flight experience is 35-40 minutes, 20-25 minutes in the air. Passengers must be 18 or older for the T-6, Stearman and PT-19. Passengers who are 12-17 years old can fly in the B-17, B-25 and T-41 if accompanied by a parent. They cannot fly without a parent. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Can I buy a flight as a gift for a friend or family member?

Certainly! A flight in one of our historic aircraft makes the perfect gift for all occasions. Certificates are available for purchase and can be shipped for next day delivery. Our flight experiences can also serve as a unique business tool for your clients and employees. Call the Museum to discuss how our airplanes can help your business with a great team building or entertainment event.

How do I schedule a flight?

You can reserve a flight experience by calling toll-free 1-888-FLY-LSFM (1-888-359-5736). SIGN UP ONLINE or forms are also available by clicking here.

How many seats are available on each flight?

The PT-17 Stearman, PT-19 Cornell and T-6 Texan can only carry one passenger. The T-41 Mescalero can carry up to 3 passengers, depending on their total weight.  The B-25 Mitchell carries five passengers while the B-17 Flying Fortress carries seven passengers.

I bought a flight experience. Am I required to pay admission to the Museum?

We encourage you to share your experience with family and friends, but the cost of the flight covers aircraft expenses only. When rides are conducted at the Museum, you and one guest are allowed complimentary admission to the Museum. Others in your party will be charged regular admission. We offer discounts for groups of 20 or more. While you are at the Museum, take a few moments to tour the aircraft displays. Our regular admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and for youth/students ages 5-17. Children under 5 are admitted free.

What happens during a flight experience?

Arrival:

We ask that you arrive 45 minutes prior to your scheduled flight time to get acquainted with the aircraft and pilot. Prior to heading out to the flight line, you will be asked to fill out a liability waiver, and if you have not paid in full, the balance will be requested at this time.

Preflight:

Shortly before boarding the airplane, we will review aircraft safety and flight procedures.  You will then be seated in the aircraft. Passengers must remain seated and wear a seatbelt for all ground operations, during takeoff and landing, and at all times during the flight in the T-6, Stearman, PT-19, and T-41.

During Flight:

Stearman, T-41 and T-6 passengers will remain belted in their seats at all times.  Passengers in the B-17 and B-25 are allowed to move around during the flight.  

After Flight:

Once the crew has secured the aircraft you will be directed to exit. Feel free to pose for pictures, but use caution around the engines of all aircraft as they may still be hot. For flights originating out of our Galveston facility, be sure to tour the Museum before you leave.

How long does the flight experience last?

Each flight experience lasts approximately 35-40 minutes, of which 20-25 minutes will be in the air.

I am flying in the Stearman, PT-19 or T-6; will the pilot perform any aerobatics?

No. FAA regulations and Museum policies prevent us from performing aerobatics.

What should I wear or bring?

TRAINERS:

The Stearman and PT-19 are open cockpit airplanes and extra care is required when dealing with cameras and other loose items in your possession. Feel free to take pictures; however, we urge you to keep your camera on a short leash. It will be difficult to hold in the 100mph air stream outside the cockpit. Obviously, we are not responsible for any lost items or equipment. A headset will be provided. Sunglasses are encouraged to protect your eyes. The Stearman, PT-19 and T-6 are not climate-controlled so prepare for the weather accordingly. Rubber-soled, closed-toed shoes and non-baggy clothing are mandatory. No flip-flops or sandals. Skirts are discouraged as some climbing is required to enter the cockpit.

How accessible is the airplane to people of limited mobility?

Our aircraft were not designed for standard passenger operations; however, we have successfully flown people of limited mobility. Some physical exertion is required. Size and weight restrictions do apply. Please see "Are there any weight restrictions?" below. For any other health concerns, please consult your physician. Passengers MUST be able to get in and out of the aircraft on their own volition, or with some minimal amount of help to ensure their safety.

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes. Passengers must be at least 18 years of age for flights in the T-6, Stearman and the PT-19. Passengers who are 12-17 years old can fly in the B-17, B-25 and T-41 Mescalero if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They cannot fly without a parent. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Are there any weight restrictions?

Some may apply. We impose a 225 lb limit for the PT-19, a 250 lb limit for the Stearman and a 275 lb limit for the T-6 for safety reasons. For the T-41 Mescalero, the total weight limit for passengers is 450 lbs. Please consult your physician with any concerns.

Do I need to be a pilot or a military veteran?

No – anyone can enjoy a Flight Experience. All you need is a desire to fly in a historic aircraft.

I’m a pilot. Will I be allowed to handle the controls of the airplane?

No. FAA regulations prohibit you from occupying a pilot seat or interfering with the pilot during the flight.

Am I required to be an LSFM Member?

No. It is not mandatory to be an LSFM Member to participate. However, a discount is given to LSFM members. Visit our website or call for membership information.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Weather and/or mechanical problems may delay or cancel a scheduled flight. If mechanical or weather problems occur at the time of your scheduled flight, alternatives will be discussed with you whether to reschedule the flight for a later time, date or location. Every effort will be made to reschedule these flights. Weather conditions can vary greatly across our region. You will be charged if you fail to show for a scheduled flight because the weather was “bad” at your location. We will make every effort to contact scheduled passengers when the weather forces a cancellation of flying activities.

What if I have other questions?

If you have further questions, please call 409-740-7722 or toll free 1-8888-FLY-LSFM (359-5736), or send us an email at flight@lonestarflight.org.

Is a waiver of liability required?

Yes. The person who is flying in the aircraft must be the person who fills out and signs the waiver. NO EXCEPTIONS.