September 17, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Photos: George Gould
Scholes International At Galveston Airport bore the brunt of Hurricane Ike on Sept. 12. The airport, with an elevation of only 6 feet, was hit with a 16-foot storm surge. Even though the airport and Galveston Island remained closed early this week, AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer George Gould was able to make it back to survey the damage.
“My hangar is in the Gulf of Mexico somewhere,” Gould wrote in his short note to AOPA. But Gould didn’t need to write much. His photos show the extent of the damage done to the airport.
Status of airports hit by Hurricane Ike
Hurricane cleanup: How to help
Houma-Terrebonne Airport picks up after Ike, Gustav
AOPA received a report by Galveston Airport Manager Hud Hopkins, stating that the airport staff was OK, but the terminal building was flooded.
The Lone Star Flight Museum was severely damaged, including many historic airplanes inside. The museum had seven to eight feet of water in its hangars and three to four feet in the gift shop. However, museum pilots were able to evacuate 10 World War II-era fighters, bombers, and transport planes prior to Ike hitting the Gulf Coast. Its North American B-25N and Boeing B-17G are going to a Commemorative Air Force headquarters at Midland, Texas, for a long-term stay.
More than 170 fixed-wing aircraft and 50 helicopters were based at the airport, according to the FAA’s Airport Master Records and Reports.
Advocates for Santa Monica Municipal Airport gathered Aug. 25 to rally support for Measure D, a ballot initiative that would require voter approval before the airport can be closed or redeveloped.
“I never went to an FBO I thought was fun,” said Michael Thayer. Determined to change that, he opened Flying Tigers Aviation at Chino Airport in Chino, California, in June 2013.
AOPA’S LANDSBERG ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>