Business Leaders Breakfast featuring Irwin Jacobs

Join us Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 for the seventh Business Leaders Breakfast featuring Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, Founder of Qualcomm, as the keynote speaker.

Dr. Jacobs is co-founder of Qualcomm Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology. Dr. Jacobs served as chief executive officer of the Company until July 2005 and chairman of the Company's board of directors until March 2009.

Dr. Jacobs has led the commercialization of CDMA technology and its success as the world's fastest-growing, most-advanced voice and data wireless communications technology. He holds several CDMA patents, contributing to Qualcomm's extensive portfolio of issued U.S. and foreign patent and pending applications.

This exclusive event is on Wednesday, May 20th beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Museum's Pavilion of Flight. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $50 per person or $450 per table.

RVSP to Gail Brenner at 619.234.8291, ext 119

Learn More About the Trip of a Lifetime!

Please join SDASM's President, Jim Kidrick, for an extraordinary and unique vacation experience as we celebrate those who wrote Russia's flight and aviation history. Nowhere else can you find such an extensive behind the scenes sightseeing program exclusively for aviation and space aficionados. You will have the opportunity to tour the Russian Air Force Museum, the MAKS 2009 Air Show, Star City (home of the Mir and Soyuz spacecraft), enjoy Bolshoi Theater tickets, see the Kremlin up close, explore the Civil Aviation Academy and Pulkovo Complex, visit the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Grand Palace, Bykovo and Myatchikovo Airports with ramp tours and much more. Not long ago the Soviet Iron Curtain prevented us from experiencing any of these sights but on this amazing tour, you will personally meet and learn from a former Cosmonaut. This tour is unique and one-of-a-kind as we will be touring many places of interest that are inaccessible to the general public. Please call 1-800-227-5858 to reserve your spot today! Click here for more information about this once-in-a-lifetime oppurtunity.

Space Day Celebration 2009

Space Day Activities are Free to kids 11 and under with a paid adult admission. Click here to download a discount coupon for this event.

2009 Space Day Information:


The Day's Activities include:


On Saturday, May 9, 2009, the San Diego Air & Space Museum will host its 6th Annual Space Day celebration. Space Day will feature demonstrations, giveaways, and hands-on activities with local and national space experts.

Invited Presenters include NASA, San Diego Space Society, Virgin Galactic, San Diego Astronomy Association, JPL, The Mars Society, Sally Ride Science, SETI, UCSD EarthKAM, The Planetary Society, SPAWAR, Space Port Academy, OSSE (Organization to Support Space Exploration) and many others.

As an extra bonus, we?ll be offering a FREE screening of the new space documentaryOrphans of Apollo, followed by a Q+A session with the director, Michael Potter! For more information on the documentary, please go to:

Lunches will be available for purchase at the Museum.

The Museum's Space Galleries are open for viewing throughout the event, including a flown Apollo spacecraft, moon rocks and space suits.

Click here to download a discount coupon for this event.

Please join us as we celebrate space!

Vintage Airplane Fly-In, Dinner & Special Screen

Visitors will see amazing historical aircraft and automobiles including OshKosh winners, Rolls Royce Heritage winners, and more. Some of the highlights include the legendary Boeing Model 40C mail plane from Spokane -- the oldest flyable aircraft of its type and one which has recently graced the covers of many aircraft magazines. There'll also be a 1926 Boeing FB-5, a rare 1931 Laird LBC300, 1930 Stearman 4E Speedmail and C3R; Ryans, Stinsons, Cubs, Buckers, Boeing Stearmans, Phillips Skylark, etc.



Vintage Airplane Fly-In Dinner & Special Screening of The Legend of Pancho Barnes

Enjoy dinner hosted by Jim Kidrick, CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and a sneak peek of The Legend of Pancho Barnes. This is a wonderful opportunity watch the film, meet the filmmakers, and hear a little bit about how the film came to be made.



To purchase tickets online, please click here or call Brittney Matthiesen at (619) 234-8291 x111. Tickets are limited, and it's all first-come, first-served.

Summer Camps are Filling Up Fast!

Looking for something for your child to do over the summer? How about spending it at our Aerosummer Camps?

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 9am-Noon, early July to late August.

Become a Aerosummer Camp Teachers Assistant!
The Museum is looking for students ages 14 and older who would be interested in volunteering as an Aerosummer Camp TA this summer. If you like to work with kids and help them with fun hands-on activities, becoming a TA could be right for you. If you are interested in becoming an Aerosummer Camp TA please click here to fill out the Volunteer Application.

To begin the registration process please, click here. You can also download the Aerosummer brochure (PDF) here and mail the completed form in.

Aerosummer Camps 2009
First Flight
Grades 1-2
$100 (Members $80)
July 13-17, Balboa Park, 9:00-12:00
Students make a timeline, build and launch paper rockets, and participate in other fun activities that introduce them to aviation and space flight.

Up, Up, and Away
Grades 1-2
$100 (Members $80)
August 3-7, Balboa Park, 9:00-12:00
Another fun option for our younger students! This program explores flight through making and flying balloons, kites, gliders, rockets, and more.

Silent Flight
Grades 3-4
$100 (Members $80)
August 17-21, Balboa Park, 9:00-12:00
Students try out different kite designs, build hot air balloons, and experiment with gliders as they investigate ways of traveling on the wind.

Destination Mars
Grades 3-4
$100 (Members $80)
July 27-31, Balboa Park, 9:00-12:00
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.

Flights of Fancy *Special One-Day Family Camp*
Grades 4-Adult
July 18, North County, 9:30-3:30
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 Palomar RC Flyers. Campers of all ages will also build and fly a rubber powered model airplane. Program cost includes tuition for 1 child and 1 adult, and includes lunch - a terrific value!

Space Adventures
Grades 5-6
$100 (Members $80)
July 20-24, Balboa Park, 9:00-12:00
From the Chinese "fire arrows" to the International Space Station, students learn about the people and spacecraft that have made space exploration possible. They also apply space science by building and launching their own model rockets at beautiful Fiesta Island.

Aviation Simulations**Sold Out**, Call to be placed on the waiting list
Grades 5-12
$100 (Members $80)
August 24-28, Balboa Park, 9:00-12:00
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.

Extreme Rocketry
Grades 5-12
$100 (Members $80)
August 10-14, Balboa Park, 9:00-12:00
An exciting advanced rocketry project for students who are familiar with rocketry or have experience in model building. Students construct individual rockets and work in teams to build a multi-stage rocket. Join us for the launch on Friday!

Wright Flyer to Right Now
Grades 5-12
$100 (Members $80)
July 6-10, Balboa Park, 9:00-12:00
Learn the history of aviation from da Vinci to space flight using our simulators! Students will 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 great way to learn history in a fun way.

To begin the registration process please, click here. You can also download the Aerosummer brochure (PDF) here and mail the completed form in.

Scholarships Available!
For details on scholarship applications, please call the Education Department at (619) 234-8291 x 119 (8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

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.

Museum Model and Aviation Collectible Swap Meet

The 12th Annual Museum Model and Aviation Collectible Swap Meet will be held Saturday June 6th at our Gillespie Field facility, 334 Kenney St., El Cajon, starting at 8 a.m. A limited number of tables for sellers are still available. Call the Museum at 619-234-8291, ext. 141 or visit our website for more information. In conjunction with this event, the San Diego Chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) will be staging a regional contest that will draw some of the top model builders in the Southwest. Awards will be presented in 25 categories. Please visit for additional information.

Wings Over Gillespie Air Show
If you come out for the Swap Meet, be sure to check out the Wings Over Gillespie Air Show which is put on by Air Group One, the San Diego chapter of the Commemorative Air Force. The air show will feature re-enactments of military aerial battles showcasing 40 aircraft, both flying and in static displays. Visit their website for more information

Charity Golf Tournament & Summer Nights Bash

Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the San Diego International Airport as we celebrate our 26th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

Click here to sign up for this event!

Tournament Day - Wednesday, August 12th
At the Coronado Municipal Golf Course

Event Schedule


Summer Nights Bash - Saturday, August 15, 2009
At the San Diego Air & Space Museum

Festivities begin at 5:30pm - Summer Casual Dress(shorts are OK!)

Evening events will include;


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.

Click here to sign up for this event!

SDASM Receives Donation from Long-time Volunteer

With a heavy heart we must announce that one of our volunteers, Miles Blaine, passed away on March 10, 2009. For those of you who didn't know Miles, he was one of the friendliest, funniest and most knowledgeable people to ever grace SDASM with his presence. Miles was a member of the first graduating class from Hoover High School in 1932. After that, he worked for many years as an aviation mechanic at North Island.

Miles was an avid pilot and photographer, and flew until he was 90 years old! He worked for over two decades at SDASM, were he developed thousands of photos in his own dark room. He was an expert on all types of aircraft, and when a photo surfaced with an unknown aircraft model, he was the first person asked to identify it. Well into his 90's, he volunteered in the Library & Archives until a few months ago, doing what he loved, looking at and talking about airplanes.

After his death, SDASM was proud to accept Miles' aviation library, consisting of hundreds of books and thousands of photos. Many of the photos are extremely unique images which were taken by Miles in San Diego and focus on famous aviation personalities and events. This collection not only documents eighty years of local flying, but the life of one truly outstanding man.

Flying Wing Coming to SDASM

Northrop Grumman is donating a full size model of the Horton flying wing, the Gotha Go 229, to SDASM. The model was built for the National Geographic Channel which will feature it in an episode to be aired on June 28th. Wingspan is over 50ft and it will be displayed toward the end of the World War II area of the Museum.

Built by the Germans towards the end of World War II, the aircraft never saw service with the Luftwaffe. U.S. forces overran the Gotha factory on the 14th of April 1945 and found the almost completed, but not yet flown, Go 229 V3 prototype. The Americans took the V3 to the US for study. Amazingly, the V3 has been preserved to this day, stored at the National Air & Space Museum's Paul E. Garber Restoration, Preservation & Storage Facility in Silver Hill, Maryland.

Car Flies at SDASM's Wind Tunnel

A school group from Mount Everest Academy were recently given a very exclusive behind-the-scenes look at ongoing testing at the Museum’s Low Speed Wind Tunnel. By special arrangement through the Museum’s education department, the students toured the facility (the only privately held low-speed aeronautical wind tunnel in the United States), and were given a very special look at ongoing testing of a flying car concept, including viewing active testing while they watched from the control room. The Museum is proud to have an active role both in future aviation research and inspiring young students to participate in research as it happens. Visit the windtunnel website at

Museum Authors Discuss New Book

Author Katrina Pescador, SDASM Head Archivist, along with coauthor Mark Aldrich, Aviation Historian, will speak at the SOHO-operated city Museum's Adobe Chapel, on June 18th at 6:00 p.m. The authors will discuss their book, Consolidated Aircraft Corporation. This 1-hour lecture includes a 15-minute question and answer period, followed by a book signing. Light refreshments will be served. The Adobe Chapel is located at 3950 Conde Street, in historic Old Town San Diego.

The $25 fee ($35 at the door) includes lecture and a copy of the book. Lecture-only tickets are available for $15 (at the door or in advance). For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) by phone at (619) 297-9327 or online at Make your reservations early to receive the $10 discount.

Museum Participates in MayDay

Each year, archives, libraries, museums and historic preservation organizations set aside May 1st to participate in MayDay, an initiative to protect cultural heritage from disasters.

SDASM will take this time to review and update its Emergency Response Plan.

At this time the Museum encourages you, our members and friends, to also look at your families and business for whatever plans are in place to ensure everyone's safety in the event of a disaster or emergency. Visit the websites of your local law enforcement agencies for ideas on how to put together family and business response plans; you can never be too prepared. FamilyDisasterPlan.pdf - [PDF]

The Spirit in San Diego

Considered one of the most famous airplanes in history, the Ryan NYP (New York Paris) Spirit of St. Louis was flown by Charles Augustus Lindbergh.

Built essentially along the lines of the Ryan M-1, the NYP was bigger. It had longer wings which had fuel tanks inside (152 gallons), as well as a longer fuselage, again to hold more fuel. It did not have a windshield and Lindbergh's view forward was blocked by a huge fuel tank in front (88 gallons). Instead, a retractable periscope was installed which gave him a view forward for landing, giving up nothing to aerodynamic drag. Also, Lindbergh was very tall and could easily lean over and look out the window if needed. The designed total gasoline capacity was 425 gallons. The airplane had a very small tail group, specifically designed that way by Lindbergh, so that the airplane would be unstable in order to keep his attention over the long expanse of the Atlantic.

The original "Spirit" was built in sixty days at a cost of about $12,000 in 1927 dollars. After 24 test flights in the San Diego area, Lindbergh took off for New York via St. Louis. He landed at Curtiss Field in New York on May 12, 1927, and after six more test flights he made the momentous flight from New York to Paris on May 20-21 landing with enough fuel to fly more than 1,000 additional miles!

Fifty-two years to the day after Lindbergh's first flight, the Museum's exact duplicate built to the original Don Hall plans, which sits in our rotunda, was flown by Ryan test pilot Ray Cote. After two hours and forty two minutes of airtime over San Diego it was retired to the then new Aerospace Museum in June 1979. It replaced a reproduction built by the late Frank Tallman who flew it in the 1967 Paris Air Show, then sold it to the Museum and later was lost in the fire that destroyed the original Museum in 1978. There are other aircraft which resemble the original "Spirit" but none are exact duplicates or "replicas" as the term is defined by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (where the original hangs). Replica means "constructed by the original builders" and ours was, built by Ed Morrow, T. Claude Ryan and John Van Der Linde all from the original Ryan Mahoney factory. They were not the only builders of course; there were 34 other volunteers also.

Other look alikes are converted Ryan B-5 Broughams, of which one is at the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. This was one of three built for the movie "The Spirit of St. Louis" with Jimmy Stewart who donated it to that museum. These are reproductions.

Our "Spirit" last flew for the seventy fifth anniversary of the naming of Lindbergh Field on August 16, 2003.

It was then restored and put on display in our rotunda, preserved until the next planned flight, the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of Lindbergh's flight to Paris in 2027.

New Online Store Launches

SDASM has officially launched their online e-commerce store site, The goal of the online store is to give aviation enthusiasts a place to find unique and collectible aviation related products. With the launch of, hundreds of historical aviation products are now available online including:


The Da Vinci Experience is Now Open

Leonardo da Vinci remains one of the most fascinating people history has ever known. Leonardo's visions and ideas are brought to life at THE DA VINCI EXPERIENCE. The exhibition is composed of more than sixty full-sized replicas and models of the remarkable inventions designed and described by Leonardo da Vinci. The machines in the exhibition are organized around three themes: transportation, military and mechanical. There is a large, interactive educational area where visitors can test some of da Vinci's ideas. The exhibition also offers a gallery that houses twelve reproductions of his most famous paintings, a theater featuring a short film about the life of da Vinci, interactive computer kiosks and a gift shop.
THE DA VINCI EXPERIENCE is a fun, educational, hands-on exhibition for the entire family! Click here for more information about our Special Exhibition.