Celebrate Father's Day All Week

Celebrate Dad All Week at the Museum

Celebrate Dad All Week at the Museum

Looking for something fun and unique to do with dad this year?

Take him to The San Diego Air & Space Museum to celebrate Father’s Day!

Treat your dad to a fun-filled day at the Museum--explore our world-class exhibits, fly in one of our fun simulators and relax on our Observation Deck while you enjoy a special gourmet lunch. The Museum is offering a special Father's Day combo ticket all week!

Father's Day Combo Ticket Price Includes:

Dates Offered: Sunday, June 10th through Sunday, June 17th

Adults (12 & older): Only $35

Youth (3-11): Only $24

Become a Member for an additional discount

Adult Member: $20

Youth Member: $18

If you have questions, please contact Cassandra Smith at 619.234.8291 x116 or by email at csmith@sdasm.org

Make this year's Father's Day ONE to remember!

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June Family Day

June Family Day -- Paper Rockets

June Family Day -- Paper Rockets

Join our education department on June 9 as we make paper rockets that aren't powered by fuel...but by your lungs!

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.

Next Upcoming Family Day - July 14, 2012

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!

 

Overview

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 & 1 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).


Annual Golf Tournament

Annual Golf Tournament 2012

Annual Golf Tournament 2012

Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the San Diego International Airport as we celebrate our 29th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Your participation as a player and contributor will help us provide quality educational experiences to students in the San Diego region through scholarships, exhibits, classes and outreach.

Tournament Day - Wednesday,
August 8, 2012

At the Coronado Municipal Golf Course

Event Schedule

Cost:

Fee includes:

Your participation as a player and contributor will help us provide quality educational experiences to students in the San Diego region through scholarships, exhibits, classes, and outreach.

Helicopter Ball Drop!

golf ball drop

See hundreds of golf balls drop from a helicopter at the end of play! Buy your specially coded balls and win prizes for the three balls closest to the target pin.

Every ball has a chance to win!
Each Ball costs $10

**First prize is a large flat screen TV--plus other great prizes!** 

Stock is limited so purchase your ball today!


 

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How Things Fly

How Things Fly… Experience the Adventure entertains, challenges and educates visitors of all ages! Visit the four zones of How Things Fly: Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Meteorology, and Air Traffic Control—each giving an insight into the wonder of flight.

Aerodynamics:  

Have you ever wondered how a bird flies in the sky? Or what it was like during the Wright brothers’ very first powered flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903? This fun zone is filled with action-packed simulators that answer those questions and many more! Experience a flight with today’s modern squirrel suit jumpers as they soar around a mountain. Learn how to fly a helicopter and experience a real wind tunnel with your own set of wings.

Propulsion

See real historic and modern-day engines in operation! Enjoy a series of non-operating engines, such as the mammoth 28 cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-4360. Enter a special listening dome that plays the actual sounds of several engines as they fly overhead.

Meteorology

Explore the effects of weather on aircraft and flight planning. View a weather balloon with “radiosonde,” a functioning weather station, videos of weather patterns and phenomena that affect the safety of flight, live NEXRAD radar, and create your own lightning storm in a Van de Graaff machine!

 

Air Traffic Control

Enter the world of air traffic control and witness the importance it plays in aviation safety. View live radar and air traffic control communications at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport, and even our own Lindbergh Field! Try to control the aircraft on your own at the training station.

 

Don’t miss How Things Fly—on display for a limited time.


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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 was recently released on April 30, 2012. To order your signed copy, please contact the Library & Archives at 619-234-8291 x125 or go online to www.sandiegoairandspace.org/research/publications.php.

 


Curatorial Updates

Curatorial Updates:

The Museum has added a few new and exciting artifacts to our successful new exhibit “How Things Fly.” We've added a display case featuring some of the Museum’s most treasured artifacts, including Lindbergh’s goggles used on his famous non-stop Atlantic flight, the Red Baron’s combat medals (including the Blue Max), Major General Jimmy Doolittle’s awards, and more. We are also adding a stunning new video wall at the entrance to the traveling exhibit area that will highlight exhibit contents or other Museum related activities as the occasion requires.

 

Restoration Projects

Work continues on both of our reproduction projects. The Bell X-1 fuselage center section and tail section have been mated, while the wings and tail feathers are under fabrication. We have just begun the forward fuselage that will join the rest at completion. The airplane, when finished, will be painted up as “Glamorous Glennis,” Chuck Yeager’s US Air Force rocket plane that broke the sound barrier for the first time. We estimate that the X-1 will be on display in the Museum’s rotunda by mid-2013.

Our second build project, the Hughes H-1 racer, is taking shape as well. The long process of laying up the wing spar laminations is nearly complete and the restoration volunteers have begun work on the ribs that will support the landing gear. A fuselage section mock-up has been built that we will use to finalize metal skinning and finishing techniques prior to commencing actual construction. Because the Hughes project is much more complex than that of the Bell, we do not expect to see it completed for another three to four years.