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April Family Day - Paper Kites

April Family Day - Paper Kites - April 14th

Join the Museum’s Education Department as they build easy, fun, and personalized paper kites on Saturday, April 14th. Once a little “kid power” is added, these kites fly great out on our city-view back patio!

Family Days are always free with admission and run from 12:30 to 2:30 PM in the Education Center, next to the Zable 3D/4D Theater and across from Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega.

For future Family Days, please check the Family Day page frequently, and sign up for our education e-list.

Aerosummer Camps 2012--Filling Up Fast!



The San Diego Air & Space 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 summer camps run Monday-Friday, from mid-July to late August.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum welcomes children with disabilities and other special needs; working with Kids Included Together we ensure that all children have access to our programs. Please contact us so we can make accommodations to allow your child's successful participation.

Click here to sign up for this year's summer camp programs

Aerosummer 2012 Camp Descriptions

First Flight 

Grades: 1-2
Time: July 16-20, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Description: Students make a timeline, build and launch paper rockets, and participate in other fun activities that introduce them to aviation and space flight.
Cost: $100 (Members $90)
Notes: Check out The Old Globe’s new After-Camp program from 4:00-6:00pm! Click here for more information.

Up, Up, and Away

Grades: 1-2
Time: August 27-31, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
Description: Another fun option for our younger students! This program explores flight through making and flying kites, gliders, rockets, and more.
Cost: $100 (Members $90)

Silent Flight

Grades: 3-4
Time: August 20-24, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Description: Students try out different kite designs, build hot air balloons, and experiment with gliders as they investigate ways of traveling on the wind.
Cost: $100 (Members $90)

Destination Mars

Grades: 3-4
Time: July 23-27, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Description: Come explore Mars with us! Learn the history of our fascination with the Red Planet, build a Martian colony and a Martian lander, search for life, and build and launch an aquarocket.
Cost: $100 (Members $90)

Flights of Fancy One Day

Grades: 4-Adult
Time: July 28, Miramar, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Description: This fun one-day camp is now for kids AND adults! Don't just drop off your child - with this camp you get to join the fun. Spend Saturday together flying radio-controlled model aircraft and driving radio-controlled cars with members of the Miramar RC Flyers. Campers of all ages will also build and fly a rubber-band-powered model airplane. Program cost includes tuition for 1 child and 1 adult (includes lunch).
Cost: $30 (Includes 1 Child & Adult)

Aviation Simulations 1

Grades: 5-12
Time: July 30-August 3, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Description: Finally, computer games used for education! Students will learn the basics of flight, navigation, and instrumentation while testing their skills on computer simulators. Additional simulators will be used throughout the week along with instruction by actual pilots. Great for the future aviator!
Cost: $100 (Members $90)

Aviation Simulations 2

Grades: 5-12
Time: August 13-17, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Description: Finally, computer games used for education! Students will learn the basics of flight, navigation, and instrumentation while testing their skills on computer simulators. Additional simulators will be used throughout the week along with instruction by actual pilots. Great for the future aviator.
Cost: $100 (Members $90)

Time Pilots

Grades: 5-12
Time: August 6-10, 1:00-4:00 PM
Description: Learn the history of aviation from da Vinci to space flight using our simulators! Students will tour the museum, engage in daily hands-on activities, and end each day flying historical planes on our simulators. This is a great camp for the future pilot and a fun way to learn history.
Cost: $100 (Members $90)

Did You Know We Collaborate With Other Museum's Summer Camps?

Combine two half-day programs to make a complete full day of summer fun in Balboa Park. To view collaborative options click here (PDF).


Totem--Special Offer

Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production TOTEM is hitting San Diego this spring, and friends of the Air & Space Museum can receive 20% off select performances!

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that it will return to San Diego with its latest big top touring production, TOTEM, starting Wednesday, April 25, 2012. TOTEM will perform for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend, TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Fun for the whole family!

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New Publication from the Library & Archives

San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field

Now formally known as San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field was named in honor of Charles Lindbergh and has been a center of aeronautic activity since its dedication in 1928. Many famous personalities and events have been associated with the airstrip, which quickly grew to include a Coast Guard Air Station, three airlines, two flying schools, and Ryan Aeronautical. In 1935, Consolidated Aircraft relocated to Lindbergh Field, transforming it into an aviation manufacturing center. Situated just three miles north of downtown San Diego, Lindbergh Field serves more than 50,000 travelers a day, making San Diego International Airport the busiest single-runway commercial airport today in the United States.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum preserved this history, featuring unique photographs from its archives—one of the largest aviation photographic collections in the world. Authored by museum staff members Katrina Pescador, Alan Renga, and Pamela Gay, this publication features many photographs from that collection, some which have never before been published, including rare images taken during construction.

Retailing for $21.99, this book is due for release April 30, 2012. To reserve your signed copy, please contact the Library & Archives at 619-234-8291 x125 or go online to


Curatorial Updates

Update on Restoration Projects:

Restoration crews in the basement are being kept extremely busy as our two ongoing projects begin to take shape. With wood and clamps seemingly everywhere, the wing spars both front and rear are taking on their final contours and fabrication of the ribs has begun for the Hughes Racer. CAD drawings and cutting templates for various metal parts are now being produced and the finishing processes are now being perfected. This ambitious project is far from complete however, as we expect the entire construction program to take most of four years. 

The Bell X-1 on the other hand, being of much simpler structural design, is in the skinning stage of the center and rear fuselage sections. In addition the wings and tail sections are being fabricated and plans are being developed to join them soon. It is anticipated that this project should be completed within a year and a half, at which time the aircraft will be hung in the Museum's Rotunda. 

The Gillespie Field crew has taken on a new challenge within the past few weeks and will soon be deeply involved with restoring an original 1926  Boeing FB-5 fighter, the first Boeing fighter and one of only three known to exist in the world today. Though their numbers are few, their enthusiasm is great as they launch this latest effort. If you know of anyone that might want to volunteer to help, please have them contact Terry Brennan at the Museum at 619-234-8291 x141.

Other Updates:

Over the past two months the Museum has continued to upgrade our exciting new exhibit, “How Things Fly.”  More fun for the youngsters, more history and science for all, you won’t want to miss the chance to see this exhibit in person. We have also added a brand new attraction, a Doron “Transport 6” simulator. Like its stable-mate, the MaxFlight machine, the Doron offers a very exciting six-passenger adventure in a barnstorming flight that has already proven to be very popular. Come and try it for yourself!