We Need Your Support

Dear Members and Friends:

In this season when we make giving and community investment decisions, please join us in reflecting on the many programs, events and exhibits created at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in 2011, which have helped change our community for the better.

We’re thankful for you as a friend and member of our Museum family. Your support is critical to the successful development of our high quality exhibits and educational projects, which enrich the lives of so many. As we look to the future, we know San Diego’s children will continue to compete in an innovative and technology-driven world.  In order to retain our world leadership, we must emphasize the importance of education, specifically in math, science, engineering and innovation. Our primary goal is to excite children’s interest to ultimately inspire them to excel in their lives and prepare them for the high-tech workforce in the United States.

With the help of our supporters, we surpassed our 2011 goals and look forward to making 2012 even better. Some, but not all of our accomplishments for 2011 include the following:

The Museum has been able to accomplish the projects listed above and so much more because of our supporters—and we need your help to make 2012 even better.

Your contribution helps fulfill our mission to visitors from around the world and right here in the Southwest region.  We greatly appreciate the support you have given us in the past, and we are hopeful you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Annual Appeal today. You may donate online through the Museum’s website at www.sandiegoairandspace.org/appeal/. For any generous gifts over $50, the Museum will send you a beautiful 2012 calendar with images of some of our favorite planes on display. Whatever amount you give, please know your support is greatly appreciated.

 

Happy holidays and sincere appreciation,

 

James G. Kidrick

President & CEO

 

P.S. We depend on your investment! It ensures we are able to undertake high quality programs for everyone. Thanks for considering us.


December Nights

December Nights at SDASM

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Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum to celebrate the 34th Annual December Nights!

During the evenings of December 2nd and 3rd, you can experience the following fun activities:

Get here early, because the fun begins at 3pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday. See you all then!

For more information on December Nights, including transportation options and parking, click here.

Note our special hours:

Museum closed Friday 12/2 until 3:00pm. Open free 3:00-10:00pm. Last admission 9:30pm.

Museum closed Saturday 12/3 until 2:00pm. Open free 2:00-10:00pm. Last admission 9:30pm.


Happy Holidays!

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Special Holiday Hours

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Please note, the Museum will have special holiday hours in December and January.

December Nights:

Museum closed 12/2 until 3:00pm. Open free 3:00-10:00pm. Last admission at 9:30pm.

Museum closed 12/3 until 2:00pm. Open free 2:00-10:00pm. Last admission at 9:30pm.

Christmas Eve: Open 10am until 3pm. Last admission at 2:30pm. 

Christmas Day: Closed--Merry Christmas!

New Years Eve: Open 10am until 3pm. Last admission at 2:30pm.

New Years Day: Open regular hours!

*January 8, 2012: SPACE: A Journey to Our Future closes

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!


SPACE Closing Soon

SPACE: A Journey To Our Future - Special Exhibition--Closing January 8, 2012

Be sure to visit SPACE this holiday season before it leaves on January 8th!

Produced by Evergreen Exhibitions and presented in collaboration with NASA, this dynamic, multimedia exhibit looks back into the history of aeronautics and examines the many unknown questions of existence posed by future space exploration.

In December 1972, Apollo 17 took what became one of the most widely publicized and famous images of the twentieth century. The iconic view of Earth as a "Blue Marble" floating in space revolutionized public perception of our fragile planet during the rising environmental consciousness of the early 1970s, highlighting a sense of vulnerability and shared responsibility.

Nearly four decades later, our planet is still a very small and fragile part of a vast universe. We share its destiny, and its limitless possibilities.

Visit soon to enjoy these out-of-this-world experiences in the exhibit:


Give the Gift of Membership

Looking for a unique and fun gift this holiday season? Give a gift of membership to the San Diego Air & Space Museum!

Your gift of membership - for your family, friend or colleague - wraps a whole year of exploration, education and adventure in the perfect package. Click here to give a gift.

 

Benefits to Becoming a Member

 

Kitty Hawk Club

Exclusively for: Senior (65+), Students, Active Duty and Reserve Military. One adult, two guest passes* and general benefits. Please contact the Museum to purchase this level.
$40

 

First Flight

Two adults, two guest passes* and general benefits
$55 - purchase this level

 

Aero Squadron Military

Exclusively for: Active, Reserve or Retired Military. Two adults and four children/grandchildren (ages 3-17), four guest passes* and general benefits
$65 - purchase this level

 

Aero Squadron

Two adults and four children/grandchildren (ages 3-17), four guest passes* and general benefits
$75 - purchase this level

 

Ground Crew

Two adults and four children/grandchildren (ages 3-17), four guest passes*, four simulator tickets* and general benefits
$95 - purchase this level

 

Flight Crew

Two adults and four children/grandchildren (ages 3-17), six guest passes*, six simulator tickets* and general benefits
$125 - purchase this level

 

Wings Club

Two adults and four children/grandchildren (ages 3-17), six guest passes*, ten simulator tickets* and general benefits
$175 - purchase this level

 

Mercury Club

Two adults and four children/grandchildren (ages 3-17), eight guest passes*, ten simulator tickets*, private museum and restoration tours, discounted use of the Pavilion of Flight and general benefits
$500 - purchase this level

 

Apollo Club

Two adults and four children/grandchildren (ages 3-17), ten guest passes*, ten simulator tickets*, private museum and restoration tours, discounted use of the Pavilion of Flight and general benefits
$1000 - purchase this level

 

Presidents Club

Two adults and four children/grandchildren (ages 3-17), Cadet Pilot Program, 15 guest passes*, 20 simulator tickets*, private museum and restoration tours, discounted use of the Pavilion of Flight, Annual Smithsonian Membership and general benefits
$2500 - purchase this level

 

*Guest and Simulator passes are valid when member has received by mail.

*Guest Passes not valid for special exhibits

Smithsonian Affiliate Membership

Because the San Diego Air & Space Museum is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, you can purchase a Smithsonian Affiliate Membership for an additional $15. With this membership you will receive a one year subscription to either Smithsonian Magazine or Air & Space Magazine, normally a $48 value for the subscription alone. Click here to download the Membership Form and to see additional benefits.


Green Skills Scholarship Winners

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As part of the annual "Green Skills for Life" competition, the San Diego Air & Space Museum (SDASM) and Ford Motor Company Fund asked San Diego County students the following question: What is one change or action you think you and others could do in your everyday lives in order to make the world a greener place? A new question was introduced this year, which asked how the United States military could reduce their carbon bootprint for a greener earth. For both categories, students submitted their answers in the form of original artwork or video. The hundreds of high-quality entries made judging a challenge, but seven outstanding winners were selected to receive scholarships from the Ford Motor Company Fund.

Winners of the 2011 Green Skills for Life competition: Joshua Marsters, Ulysse Carion, Rohan Marsters, Maya Lakshman, Paxton Stolper, Shauna Jellison, and Athena Tsai. Shown here with Hall of Fame inductees Si Robin, Linden Blue, and Bob Mitchell, along with Ford Motor Company Fund president Jim Vella.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Art Winners:

Paxton Stolper, 9, portrays how the United States army has been effectively recycling and that we should follow their lead.

 

Paxton Stolper

 

Athena Tsai, 10, suggests that everyone should recycle paper on a regular basis and shows how this action can help our environment.

 

Athena Tsai

 

Maya Lakshman, 15, illustrates several ways that the United States military can initiate green energy initiatives.

 

Maya Lakshman

 

Shauna Jellison, 17, realizes the importance of embracing the concept of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

 

Shauna Jellison

 

Video Winners:

Rohan Marsters, 10, shows us how we can use less water at the beach using common products found in hardware stores.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDrGA6eRkPE

Ulysse Carrion, 15, exposes the threat of vampire energy draw and how we can reduce this in our homes.

 

Joshua Marsters, 15, suggests a new and safer way for the United States military to insulate their buildings.

 

All winning entries can also be seen on our blog at http://blogs.sandiegoairandspace.org/news/

 

 


Balboa Park Passports

Our 7-day Passport to Balboa Park is an idea gift for residents and visitors alike. The Passport booklet includes a one-time admission coupon to each of 14 museums, and seven consecutive days in which to visit the museums you choose.

Purchase one today at the San Diego Air & Space Museum!


Curatorial Updates

Corsair Unveiling and Dedication to Jerry Coleman

Veteran combat pilot from two wars, famed sportscaster, and former major league second baseman LT COL Jerry Coleman created a lot of excitement at the Museum last month when we squeezed our latest restoration project onto the gallery floor. The F4U Corsair, painted up beautifully in the colors of Coleman’s Korean War aircraft, WS8, provided the backdrop for a dedication ceremony attended by hundreds of fans and friends of the venerable Padres announcer.  A short ten days later, Coleman was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame, in recognition of his storied career and contributions to the defense of our great country.

 

New Restoration & Contruction Projects

The sound of machinery in operation dominates the restoration areas these days as work progresses on the T-34B at Gillespie Field and on our two ground up build projects, the Bell X-1 and the Hughes racer, in the basement at Balboa Park. When it became apparent that we were not going to find viable plans for either of the projects, a very generous docent stepped up and purchased the CAD program that will allow us to reverse engineer each aircraft and build our own plans for construction purposes. We will report on the progress of these builds as time goes on over the expected four year time frame for completion.

 


Library & Archives Updates

New Online Resources


The Library & Archives now offers a way for the public to search the contents of its extensive collection of audio visual materials, including thousands of films, videos, audio recordings, and oral histories. Records of these materials are searchable in the Museum’s online catalog, AeroCat, which is available on the Museum’s website. In addition, many of the films and videos have now been digitized and can be viewed on YouTube by clicking on a link in the AeroCat record. All of the materials on the site are available for purchase for commercial or personal use.

 

The San Diego Air & Space Museum’s (SDASM) Library & Archives is the third largest of its kind in the nation and holds many unique, rare, and one-of-a-kind items. For the past several years, the Library & Archives has been working on numerous projects to make its vast collection of materials more accessible to the public. In addition to converting its card catalog to an online system in 2008, the Library & Archives has been gradually uploading records of its various audio visual materials.

 

So far, more than 500 oral history records are now online. This ongoing effort is a collaborative project with five other local institutions, including the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, the U.S.S. Midway Museum, the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center, and the Naval Helicopter Historical Society. These valuable recollections help raise awareness of the aviation history in the San Diego area as well as the contributions of the individuals who reside here.

 

The Library & Archives has also uploaded more than 5,000 records of its other audio visual collections. As part of our participation in the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, nearly 500 of the films and videos have been digitized and are now available to the public through a direct link to YouTube from the AeroCat record. Digitization of these valuable archival materials not only make them available to the public but also prevent the loss of the content through physical deterioration.

 

For more information on the Library & Archives projects, please click here.

 

Airplane Fun!

On our Flickr stream we added two new sets which anyone interested in aviation will find very interesting!  We have posted images of aircraft which need to be identified: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/sets/72157628101275589/  If you think you know “what plane is that?”...add your comments!  

We have also added a set of people/places which need identification: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/sets/72157628196419561/ Many of these are obscure, but any information helps!  We are already getting many helpful and entertaining comments from the public, so feel free to play along!


A Special Thank You

The San Diego Air & Space Museum wants to send a special thank you to Signature Flight Support, the presenting sponsor for our 2011 International Air & Space Hall of Fame Induction and Celebration on November 5th.

Signature is a wonderful partner and they are making a difference in our San Diego community. Thank you for your support and happy holidays!