2002 Terminal Dr. Galveston, TX 77554 409-740-7722 or 1-888-FLY-LSFM (359-5736) Open 9 am-5 pm Daily
October 23, 2013 We are saddened to report that our P-51D Mustang aircraft, known as “Galveston Gal,” went down this morning shortly before noon in an area southwest of Galveston. We have no details about the crash or the possible cause at this time.
Our thoughts and prayers are now with the families of the pilot and passenger who were on board.
All flight operations are suspended until we learn more about this unfortunate and tragic accident. We are fully cooperating with the FAA in support of their investigation. For the Official Press Release, Click Here.
NORTH AMERICAN P-51 MUSTANG - The P-51 is regarded by many as the most effective fighter aircraft produced during World War II. Known for its maneuverability, speed and range, the P-51 quickly made an impact over the skies of Germany by providing essential fighter escort to American bombers along their entire route.
The LSFM P-51 Mustang is painted in the markings of Galveston Gal, an aircraft assigned to the 359th Fighter Group flown by Galveston native Ray Lancaster.
This P-51 was converted to a two-seat, dual control TF-51 while serving in the El Salvadoran Air Force in the 1960s. The aircraft was reportedly damaged in the “Soccer War” between Honduras and El Salvador in July 1969 before returning to the U.S. in 1974.
WINGSPAN 37FT 0.5IN MAX SPEED 437MPH NUMBER BUILT 15,018
LENGTH 32FT 9.5IN CEILING 41,900FT BOMB LOAD 2,000 LBS
CREW 1 RANGE 1,300 MI
ARMAMENT 6-.50 INCH MACHINE GUNS ENGINE One 1,695-hp Packard Merlin V-1650-7
The LSFM is located at the Galveston International Airport, next to Moody Gardens and the Schlitterbahn Waterpark. For more information, call 888-FLY-LSFM or visit on the web at www.LSFM.org.