Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Induction Celebration - Saturday November 17th

Hall of Fame Induction Celebration - Saturday November 17th


Join us as we honor the accomplishments of famed air and space pioneers. They are some of the world’s most significant aviation pilots, crew members, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, businessmen, designers, spokesmen and space pioneers. They highlight the importance of technology and innovation. Our Hall of Fame represents San Diego’s commemoration of those, who throughout history and around the world have made a significant difference and whose contributions are worthy of special recognition.

Don't miss this evening of a lifetime!

Class of 2012:

Meet these legends of air and space for an evening of extraordinary recognition and fun, as you're provided a personally experiential peek into each honoree's life.

Apollo 9
Apollo 9

Apollo 9 (James McDivitt,  Russell “Rusty” Schweickart, David Scott) was one of the most important missions in the entire space program. A critical precursor for the Apollo 11 moon landing, Apollo 9 perfected docking and rendezvous procedures, was the first manned test of the fragile lunar landing vehicle, and tested the space suits that would be worn on the moon. Apollo 9’s command module, “Gumdrop,” is proudly displayed in the Museum’s rotunda.


Marine Corps Aviation (100th Anniversary)

In 2012, the United States Marine Corps celebrates its 100 years of aviation.  Beginning with Alfred A. Cunningham’s first flight as a Marine aviator in 1912, to the tilt-rotor technology of the MV-22B Osprey, Marine Corps aviation has continued to revolutionize its support of ground forces in modern-day warfare.  Accepting on behalf of the Marine Corps is LtGen Robert E. Schmidle, Jr., Deputy Commandant for Aviation.


Barron Hilton
Barron Hilton

Known as “The Patron Saint of Sport Aviation,” Barron Hilton’s first love was flying. An avid pilot, he went on to pioneer the aircraft leasing business. His renowned Flying M Ranch hosts the world’s largest sailplane competition. He has invested in and inspired youth aviation camps, ballooning challenges, and in innumerable other ways, has been an incredible supporter of aviation and space innovations.


NASA’s Space Shuttle (30 Years of Shuttle)
Space Shuttle
From its origins in the late 1970s to its final flight in 2011, the shuttle proved to be the longest lasting and most versatile of all America’s human space programs. A radical concept, NASA would build a fleet of enormous winged vehicles that could each be used hundreds of times. Operating on the very edge of the possible, the shuttle would face technological challenges, but would also accomplish more objectives than any other space program in history. Accepting on behalf of NASA are Dave Radzanowski (NASA Chief of Staff) and John P. Shannon (Shuttle Program Manager).


Dan McKinnon
Dan McKinnon 

As the last Chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board, Dan McKinnon oversaw the deregulation of the airline industry from 1981 to 1984. He served as a naval aviator and rescue pilot, authoring books about his experiences. With family roots in San Diego, Dan fostered newspapers and a local country radio station to success. He is the president and founder of North American Airlines.


Dr. S. Harry Robertson, III
Harry Robertson 

As a USAF pilot, Harry Robertson was assigned the task of investigating fatal, post air crash fires. By 1970, he had successfully developed the first crashworthy fuel system which was eventually adopted for use by all the armed services. Today, Crashworthy Robertson Fuel Systems are affectionately known as “Robbie Tanks” and are credited for saving thousands of lives in civilian and military aircraft and ground vehicles.


Ray Wagner
Ray Wagner 

Ray Wagner was a well-known expert in the field of aviation history. He was a founder and vice-president of the American Aviation Historical Society, a board member of the International Aerospace Hall of Fame, and author of numerous aviation publications. Ray served as the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Head archivist for 16 years.


Bob Wilson
Robert Wilson 

Bob Wilson is the founder and president of Wilson Air Center, an award winning fixed base operation company with four locations in the United States. He served in the Tennessee Air National Guard for thirty years, retiring as Operations Group Commander.  Bob has received several awards for his career in aviation and was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation
Hall of Fame in November 2006.


Time: 5:30 pm - VIP (meet the honorees) Reception
6:15 pm - Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm - Dinner
8:00 pm - Program

Location: San Diego Air & Space Museum Pavilion of Flight

Attire: Black tie optional

Celebration Pricing:

VIP Reception and Dinner (Per Seat) - $375
Reception and Dinner (Per Seat) - $275
VIP Reception and Dinner (Table of 10) - $3750
Reception and Dinner (Table of 10) - $2750

Museum Members receive a $50 discount off the ticket price. Please contact Becky Conrad to purchase tickets at 619.234.8291 x102 or email her at bconrad@sdasm.org.


Partnerships & Additional Information:

For partnership and additional information please contact Becky Conrad at 619.234.8291 x102 or email her at bconrad@sdasm.org.


The San Diego Air & Space Museum is also proud to host a special 40th Anniversary Celebration of Apollo 17 on December 1, 2012. Guests who register for the Legends of Flight 2012 Induction Ceremony will receive a special price when they sign up for the Apollo 17 event. Please stand by for additional information.

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Halloween Sleepover

Join us at the San Diego Scare & Space Museum on the night of Friday, October 19, 2012 for our Halloween sleepover, open to ghouls and goblins aged 7-12. Come dressed in your holiday attire; the best costumes will receive prizes. Explore the spookier side of air and space as you go on a scavenger hunt, make eerie and ghastly gliders, and take a flashlight tour of the galleries to visit some of our old…friends. At night, sleep next to an old war plane, but we can’t guarantee that it isn’t haunted…

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When: October 19 at 7:00PM until October 20 at 9:00AM

Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum

Cost: $45 (member) per person, $55 (non-member) per person. There must be one adult over the age of 21 for every 1-3 children attending, and no adult can be admitted without accompanying a child.

Cost includes: Museum admission, hands-on activities, flashlight tours, movie screenings, and evening and breakfast snacks

Please be prepared to bring: a Halloween costume, a full stomach (no dinner will be provided), sleeping bag and pillow (yoga mats and air mattresses are also permitted), flashlight, camera, toothbrush and toothpaste, warm pajamas, solid-soled shoes, and medications if needed.

Space is limited so please call (619) 234-8291 x 119 to reserve your spot today!

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Kids Free October

For the entire month of October, kids 12 and under are free at the San Diego Air & Space Museum! Up to two children can be admitted with a paid adult. Explore the solar system, go flying with famous pilots, and experience the adventure of air & space!

To download your coupon and learn more about Kids Free in October, please visit the San Diego Museum Council's website.


Halloween Parkwide Family Day

Come to the San Diego Air & Space Museum for our annual Halloween pumpkin drop! See what happens when two pumpkins are dropped from our roof --- one with a parachute and one without. Will they survive?! Drops are at 2:30PM, with more fun beforehand! Make ghost rotors (paper helicopters with a Halloween twist) in the education center at 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30 and watch them in the sky!


Kids 12 and under are FREE with a paid adult admission (limit four kids). Does not include special exhibitions. Kids FREE into the 3D/4D theater to see kid-friendly movies. Discount admission of $4 to our special exhibition “How Things Fly.”


The Museum’s Halloween Family Day is part of a Balboa Park-wide event happening that day. For more information, please visit the Balboa Park website.


To see what happened to our astronaut pumpkin last year, watch the video!


New School Year/Programs

Take a tour, schedule a class in the museum, or have us travel to your school! Our Educator Guide is the best tool for teachers that would like to bring science, math, art, and history to life for their students. We offer group and individual activities for every grade level, so we’re sure you can find the program that will work best for you!

2012-2013 education reservations can be made by calling 619-234-8291 x 119.  If you would like to receive more information about education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, please sign up for our teachers e-list.


Museum Guidebook

 Celebrating San Diego Air & Space Museum: A history of the museum and its collections

The Museum is thrilled to announce a new publication: Celebrating San Diego Air & Space Museum. This illustrated guidebook shares not just the history of the institution, but brings to life the stories of its remarkable, one-of-a-kind collections. Organized into six major sections – Dawn of Flight, World War I, Golden Era, World War II, Jet Age, and Space Exploration – each section spotlights the Museum’s collections and their significance, using unique images from the archives to help tell their stories, as well as exploring important San Diego area contributions to the history of aerospace. From da Vinci’s flying machines to the Apollo 9 Command Module, Celebrating is a guide, a colorful and informative reminder for those who visit the museum, and documentation for those who could not visit. Due for release November 15, 2012. Preorder your copy today. Retails for $17.95.

Curatorial Updates

Work continues on the Bell X-1 reproduction in the basement at Balboa Park.  The fuselage is nearly complete and the wings are taking shape at this time.  We fully expect to have the aircraft ready for hanging in the Museum’s rotunda before Christmas.  It will, of course, be painted in the colors of “Glamorous Glennis,” the X-1 flown into the history books by General Chuck Yeager.  It is worth noting that the X-1 made 49 flights prior to its most famous, when the sound barrier was finally broken.


Likewise, the Hughes H-1 racer project is moving ahead at full steam.  Operating without plans has made the task of building this historically significant reproduction much more difficult, but our very talented volunteer, Paul Hudson, has created working drawings for many components and with his enormous help, we expect to continue the process in earnest.


At Gillespie Field, work has begun on the restoration of the very rare Boeing FB-5 biplane fighter.  It will likely take more than three years to bring this project to fruition, and we are actively seeking additional volunteers to assist on the project.  If you know of anyone with mechanical skills and the will to contribute to the museum, please send them our way.  Also in the news from Gillespie Field, the Thursday Convair alumni crew continues work on the restoration of a T-34B “Mentor” primary trainer.  Erasing years of abuse from the elements is a big task on an airframe such as this, but most of the corrosion has been removed and we are getting close to paint on this very desirable addition to the collection.

Adam Ant Visits Museum

After playing a sold out show at 4th and B as part of his first US tour in 17 years, legendary pop icon and Grammy nominee Adam Ant visited the San Diego Air & Space Museum to see the spacecraft Gumdrop, from the 1969 Apollo 9 space mission that inspired Adam’s 1985 hit song “Apollo 9” from his “Vive Le Rock” album. The goal of the mission was to test the Apollo spacecraft and space suits in preparation for the ultimate goal of landing on the moon.

Adam visited the Museum, chatted with fans and posed for photos during a day off from the US leg of “The Blueblack Hussar” tour.  With his band, The Good, The Mad and the Lovely Posse, Adam is a playing a 22-city tour in support of his upcoming album “Adam Ant is The Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter”.


For more information, please visit http://www.adam-ant.net/