Curatorial News

P-40 Flying Tiger

P-40 Flying Tiger Leaving Museum
After a long term loan of nearly twenty years, FedEx, owner of the Museum's P-40 Flying Tiger aircraft, is removing the WWII era fighter and placing it initially with another museum. It will be exhibited on a short term basis up and down the west coast over the next several years at several institutions. Because the Flying Tigers exhibit is so popular with our visitors, we will do our best to replace the P-40 in the future. Be sure to visit the Flying Tiger before it leaves!

New Corsair Model Joins Collection
The Museum recently acquired an exciting new model of a F4U Corsair. The magnificently hand crafted 1/16th scale model F4U Corsair was fabricated from roof flashing material purchased at a hardware store. Each rib, longeron, and bulkhead is in place, visible on the cutaway side. Look very closely and you will notice fuel and hydraulic line, throttle and propeller cables, engine wires and even a sliding canopy. Ailerons, flaps, elevators and rudders are operational, driven by miniature chains exactly as the original, and the landing gear actually retracts. Built by Dr. Young C. Park, a retired dentist from Hawaii, the incredible detail of this model, and two others that Park has built, has amazed the modeling world. More than 6000 hours and five years time were dedicated to creating his masterpiece. The Corsair has been loaned to the San Diego Air & Space Museum by the Craftsmanship Museum of Vista, CA. For an image and more information:

Robinson R44 Helicopter Now on Display
The R44 Astro was designed during the late 1980s by Frank Robinson (member International Aerospace Hall of Fame, 2009) and his team of engineers. FAA certification followed in late 1992 with production beginning immediately thereafter. Since its introduction the R44 Astro, and its successors the Raven and Raven II, the Robinson four-seater has become the industry's best selling helicopter in its class. This particular Robinson was donated to the museum by Larry Bay in 2007 and restored to its present condition at our Gillespie Field annex by a team of dedicated volunteers.

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