The San Diego Air & Space Museum Presents: Hollywood Studs & Starlets
Saturday, May 7th, 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum for an evening of glamour, dancing and fun!
The evening will include:
Proceeds benefit the Museum’s educational programs.
Attire: Hollywood Glamour/Black tie optional
Elegant Costumes Encouraged--Come As Your Favorite Star!
Click here to purchase your tickets today!
Register by March 31 and receive $25 off the ticket price!
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Becky Conrad for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 619.234.8291 x102.
Participate in a family-friendly, inspirational and educational day at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, enjoying hands-on experiences while gaining insight into the science of flight by creating many fun types of paper airplanes.
During the festival people of all ages can engage in hands-on activities, competitions and participate in the mass launch at the end of the festival. Attendees can learn to fold many different types of space-themed paper airplanes and enter into competitions which include farthest flight distance, longest air time, and flight accuracy.
Food will be available for purchase from Flight Path Grill on the Museum's Observation Deck. Make sure to stay for the group launch in front of the Museum at 3:00 pm.
Location: San Diego Air & Space Museum's Pavilion of Flight
Date: Saturday, 19 March 2011
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Group Launch: 3:00 pm
Admission - Up to four children 17 and under free with paid adult admission (does not include admission to special exhibitions)
To sign up for an adult admission discount coupon, click here.
The latest traveling exhibit to be featured in the Museum, “Space: A Journey to Our Future,” premiered on February 1, 2011 and has enjoyed large crowds and new fans since day one. This wonderfully interactive, entertaining, and educational exhibit explores the history of the space program and what the future might hold as we reach out in the coming decades.
Look forward to these out-of-this-world experiences in the exhibit:
New Exhibit Honors Black History Month
The San Diego Air & Space Museum honored February as Black History Month with a new online exhibit “Celebrating African Americans in Aviation.” This online exhibit is dedicated to the story of those who overcame the restrictive social circumstances of the time to broaden African American participation in aeronautics. The virtual exhibit looks at African Americans who challenged the status quo from the pioneering days of aviation, through World War II, right up to the present day. The exhibit includes newly discovered information that the first African American aviator was trained right here in San Diego! Emory Conrad Malick studied at the Curtiss Aviation School at North Island and received his license in March 1912, fourteen years earlier than James Herman Banning who was originally believed to be the first.
The Library & Archives has prepared an online exhibit for the Museum’s website to celebrate the first 100 years of naval aviation. The exhibit features photographs from the Museum’s extensive Archives collection, including the significant events, technological advances in aircraft and aircraft carriers, and historic naval personnel that have shaped today’s naval forces. Part one of the exhibit, which focuses on the early years of naval aviation at North Island through the start of World War II, is now available. The second part of the exhibit, from World War II to the present, will be online in May 2011. http://sandiegoairandspace.org/exhibits/naval_aviation_part_one/
The Library & Archives is pleased to announce its new Amazon.com store. The L&A is starting to sell books on Amazon in an effort to increase awareness of the Library and to raise funds for various Library projects. The new web store includes many of the Museum’s own publications, general aviation material, and select rare books form the Library.
You can access the new Amazon online store by clicking here.
The Museum's scratch-built 1932 Boeing P-26 "Peashooter" has been taken from the basement to Gillespie Field where it will be painted. If everything goes as planned it will be on display in the Museum by the end of March. This will be a wonderful accomplishment and a tribute to the many skilled volunteers that have lent a hand over these many years.
Our very own Curtiss A-1 "Triad" reproduction was taken down from the Museum's Rotunda ceiling in early December and sent to Gillespie Field for inspection and renovation before taking part in the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CoNA) celebration on 12 February, 2011. The aircraft was trucked to North Island where it was reassembled and put through a series of fast taxi operations on San Diego Bay, to the delight of hundreds of onlookers including a dozen or so descendants of Naval Aviator number one, Lt. T.G. Ellyson. You can see a recap of the fast taxi by clicking here. The Triad will be brought back to the Museum to become the center piece of our own CoNA exhibit, scheduled to open in late March.
We have decided to embark on two more rather ambitious projects in the very near future. The first is to build from scratch a reproduction of the famous Hughes H-1 Racer, first flown in 1935. Construction of this extraordinarily beautiful aircraft will likely consume a good portion of our restoration volunteer team‘s efforts for the next five or so years. The second project involves building a reproduction of the first supersonic aircraft, the Bell X-1. This is the aircraft flown by world famous test pilot Chuck Yeager that broke the sound barrier at Muroc Lake AFB (Now Edwards AFB) here in California in 1947.
Aerosummer Registration Opens Soon
Looking for something for your child to do over the summer? How about spending it at our Aerosummer Camps?
The Museum offers a variety of half-day, week-long summer programs. These classes teach air and space history and science through hands-on activities such as designing and building model airplanes, launching model rockets, and flying simulators.
Our week-long half-day Aerosummer camps will run between late June and August.
When registration opens on Monday, March 14th, go to our Aerosummer page for the complete schedule and begin the registration process. To access our Aerosummer page, click here.
Register soon because these camps fill up fast!
Learn what it takes to fly! If you want to fly but are daunted by what you think you need to learn, have no fear-the San Diego Air & Space Museum can help you get started. Enrollment has begun for our Private Pilot Ground School at the Balboa Park location, with classes beginning March 16th, 2011.
This 13-week course prepares attendees to take the written examination for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot certificate; students can take the course either prior to or in conjunction with actual flight training.
Classes are held in the Museum’s state-of-the-art Education Center. Experienced Museum educators and an FAA certified Advanced Ground Instructor present the course using the King Schools’ FAA-certified materials, augmented with “special touches” unique to the Museum, including hands-on applications of lesson objectives.
The curriculum material for the Museum’s course is centered on DVD courseware from King Schools, Inc. John and Martha King, co-founders and co-owners of King Schools, are widely known within the aviation industry. At least half the people who have earned their private pilot certificates in the United States in the last several years have trained with the Kings’ video and computer media.
"Our Ground School is very basic training for the beginner or a solid refresher for former pilots,” museum educator "Rossco" Davis notes. “We aim to reach new and non-traditional audiences for pilot training—the skeptics, the unsure, the uninitiated—who might shy away from formal commercial flight schools. We have no planes to rent, no fuel to sell, no ulterior motive-we just want more people to learn what it takes to fly!"
Classes are planned for a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 30. Each class is held on Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Classes are offered for $20 per lesson or a discounted $225 for the entire 13-session course. Museum Members can enroll in the entire course for $200. Registration can be made via the Museum’s Education Department at (619) 234-8291, ext. 119. More information is available by clicking here.
Special Offer To The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Present a printed copy of this page at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center ticket counter and you’ll receive $2 off each Adult IMAX® admission and $1 off each Child/Senior IMAX admission to see HUBBLE, up to 4 admissions per printed coupon.
Not valid with other discounts and discounted IMAX shows. Expires March 31, 2011.
To learn more about HUBBLE, click here.
Coupon Code: 2OFFADULT, 1OFFJUNIOR
El Centro Airshow Offer For Members
Celebrate Naval Aviation's Centennial Anniversary at the NAF El Centro Airshow on March 12, 2011.
SDASM Members receive $5 Chalet tickets by calling 760-339-2519.