Museum to Rename TF-51D Acquisition ‘Galveston Gal’
The Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas, in January acquired a two-seat dual-control North American TF-51D Mustang. The aircraft has been flown to a restoration facility to be freshened up and painted. The Mustang will be painted in the colors of the 359th Fighter Group, 370th Fighter Squadron, Code CS-F, and will be named “Galveston Gal.”
The announcement was made by museum president Larry Gregory and included the original pilot of “Galveston Gal,” Ray Lancaster. The Lone Star Flight Museum also owns a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress painted in the colors of the 303rd Bomb Group and named “Thunderbird.” Research shows that on at least 12 occasions aircraft of the 359th Fighter Group flew escort missions for the 303rd Bomb Group. On one of these bomber escort missions, then-Lieutenant Lancaster, while protecting the bombers, shot down one German Fw 190 fighter and damaged another.