New Museum Books

Pacific Southwest Airlines
by Alan Renga and Mark E. Mentges

The Museum is proud to announce a new book, Pacific Southwest Airlines, through Arcadia Publishing.  This book contains photos from the Museum’s Archives and was written by Library Associate Archivist Alan Renga and Library Volunteer Mark Mentges. The book features unique photos, many of them never seen before, highlighting the history of this historic airline. With its low fares and friendly service, Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) was one of the most successful regional airlines in American history. Its distinctive orange, red, and white planes, complete with a beaming smile were immediately recognizable to those living on the West Coast. The airline was also known for employing beautiful and sociable flight attendants. Kenny Friedkin, the founder of PSA , started in 1949 with one leased DC -3 airplane and expanded his fleet to serve millions of passengers each year. Although PSA is no longer in operation, its successful business model of low-priced, efficient service was copied by other airlines and today is considered the norm. In addition, former PSA employees still gather annually to relive the camaraderie they experienced as being a part of one of the most unique airlines of all time.

Pacific Southwest Airlines can be purchased at most San Diego book stores or by using the following link:

Just Plane Delicious

Enjoy first class fare from the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Soar to new heights with hundreds of delectably delicious dishes contributed by the Museum’s staff, volunteers, and friends. Celebrate the history of aviation through photos from the Museum’s extensive image archives. From the pioneering days of Glenn Curtis and naval aviation at North Island, the building of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of Saint Louis by Ryan Airways, the journey to space with Convair’s Atlas rocket, to the present-day Predator and Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles, San Diego has become known as the “Air Capital of the West.” The San Diego Air & Space Museum has been the keeper of this rich heritage for nearly 50 years. Through preservation of significant artifacts, presentation of dynamic exhibits, and extensive resources of its Library & Archives, the Museum commemorates the men and women who forged aerospace history. This cookbook will help us continue those daring and important achievements. Just in time for the holidays (the first arrive December 14), and priced at only $20 Just Plane Delicious makes a wonderful gift. Order your copy today by contacting

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