San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego Air & Space Museum We're California's official air and space museum and education center! Visit our website at sandiegoairandspace.org and follow us on social media!
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04/22/2020
"I'll Be Around" Our B-17

"I'll Be Around" Our B-17

"I'll Be Around" is one of 30 B-17s left in the United States, and one of only 18 on static display. Get an quick introduction to our aircraft!

For Earth Day, we honor the crew of Apollo 8, including Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell and Lu...
04/22/2020

For Earth Day, we honor the crew of Apollo 8, including Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot William “Bill” Anders, who took the famous “Earthrise” photo during the world’s first ever manned flight to the Moon in December of 1968.

04/21/2020
SDASM Challenge

Ready for some creative destruction? Grab some blocks, plastic cups, empty cereal boxes, or pillows, and build a tall tower. Now for the fun part, demolition! Using some string, rubber bands, dental floss, or even shoelaces, create a wrecking ball by attaching this to something round and heavy, like a tennis ball, citrus fruit, or even a pair of socks! What happens when you swing your wrecking ball at your tower? What happens if you use a lighter wrecking ball? A heavier wrecking ball?

Take a picture of your creation and post it in the comments below to enter to win four guest passes to the museum! Want to increase your chances of winning? Participate in our challenges every Tuesday and Thursday and show us your creations in the comments! #SDASMgiveaway #sdasmathome #stemchallenge

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102 years ago today, Manfred von Richthofen, known to many as the Red Baron, was KIA.  How many combat victories is he o...
04/21/2020

102 years ago today, Manfred von Richthofen, known to many as the Red Baron, was KIA. How many combat victories is he officially credited with?

04/20/2020
Ask a Pilot

Today, Rossco discusses the differences between Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Leave a comment with your questions about being a pilot and he will answer them in an upcoming Ask a Pilot video!

On April 18, 1942 – just five months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor – America’s Jimmy Doolittle led a raid of...
04/18/2020

On April 18, 1942 – just five months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor – America’s Jimmy Doolittle led a raid of 15 B-25 bombers on Tokyo and other targets on the Japanese mainland. While the raid did not cause significant physical damage, it had a major psychological impact in both countries, including lifting morale in the United States and causing a shift in military strategy in Japan. Doolittle was later promoted to Brigadier General and received the Medal of Honor. He entered the International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in 1966.

Thank you everyone for watching this special live stream, and thank you to the incredible Apollo 13 team for joining us ...
04/17/2020
San Diego Air & Space Museum - Balboa Park, San Diego

Thank you everyone for watching this special live stream, and thank you to the incredible Apollo 13 team for joining us today! To donate, text "APOLLO" to 44-321 or visit www.sandiegoairandspace.org/donate.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum in Historical Balboa Park welcomes you to visit. The Official Air & Space Museum and Education Center of California has many attractions for the entire family.

04/17/2020
San Diego Air & Space Museum

We are live!

Fifty years ago today Apollo 13 splashed down after one of the most incredible missions in NASA history. Apollo 13 is a true American success story and is only being shared exclusively by the San Diego Air & Space Museum. To Donate, Text "APOLLO" to 44-321 or visit www.sandiegoairandspace.org/donate.

04/17/2020
Apollo 13: America's Finest Hour

Fifty years ago today Apollo 13 splashed down after one of the most incredible missions in NASA history. Apollo 13 is a true American success story and is only being shared exclusively by the San Diego Air & Space Museum. To Donate, Text "APOLLO" to 44-321 or visit www.sandiegoairandspace.org/donate.

The Apollo 13: America's Finest Hour Facebook Live event starts TODAY at 2:00 p.m. (PT) right here at www.facebook.com/S...
04/17/2020

The Apollo 13: America's Finest Hour Facebook Live event starts TODAY at 2:00 p.m. (PT) right here at www.facebook.com/SDASM. You’ll hear first-hand stories from the key players who were there during one of NASA’s finest hours, including Astronaut Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Mission Lead Flight Director Milt Windler and Flight Directors Gene Kranz, Gerry Griffin and Glynn Lunney. What was to become America’s third Moon landing quickly changed into a rescue mission to save the lives of Haise and his fellow Apollo 13 Astronauts Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert. You won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime special event!

Join us tomorrow Friday, April 17 from 2-4 p.m. (PT) for a rare opportunity to hear from the key players from the famous...
04/16/2020

Join us tomorrow Friday, April 17 from 2-4 p.m. (PT) for a rare opportunity to hear from the key players from the famous Apollo 13 Mission during a Facebook Live event right here at www.facebook.com/SDASM. You’ll hear first-hand stories from the men who were there during one of NASA’s finest hours, including Astronaut Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Mission Lead Flight Director Milt Windler and Flight Directors Gene Kranz, Gerry Griffin and Glynn Lunney. What was to become America’s third Moon landing quickly changed into a rescue mission to save the lives of Haise and his fellow Apollo 13 Astronauts Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert. You won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime special event!

04/16/2020
SDASM Challenge

Challenge two people to build the same thing, but have your partner recreate it without looking, through verbal instructions only.

Take a picture of your creation and post it in the comments below to enter to win four guest passes to the museum! Want to increase your chances of winning? Participate in our challenges every Tuesday and Thursday and show us your creations in the comments!

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Here's a throwback all the way back to 1867, when on April 16, American aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright was born in Millv...
04/16/2020

Here's a throwback all the way back to 1867, when on April 16, American aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright was born in Millville, Indiana. This handsome young man, along with his brother Orville, would change history with their historic flight in 1903.

Join us this Friday, April 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. Pacific Time for a rare opportunity to hear from the key players from the...
04/15/2020

Join us this Friday, April 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. Pacific Time for a rare opportunity to hear from the key players from the famous Apollo 13 Mission during a Facebook Live event right here at San Diego Air & Space Museum. You’ll hear first-hand stories from the men who were there during one of NASA’s finest hours, including Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Mission Lead Flight Director Milt Windler and Flight Directors Gene Kranz, Gerry Griffin and Glynn Lunney. What was to become America’s third Moon landing quickly changed into a rescue mission to save the lives of Haise and his fellow Apollo 13 Astronauts Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert. You won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime special event!

On April 14, 1970 who said “Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here,” a line that is now famous but often misquoted?
04/15/2020

On April 14, 1970 who said “Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here,” a line that is now famous but often misquoted?

04/14/2020
SDASM Challenge

Missing the amusement park? Build your own roller coaster! Grab a marble, a ping pong ball, anything that can roll, and create a series of ramps, loops, and jumps using paper towel tubes, books, kitchen tools, cardboard boxes, anything! What happens if you start your marble higher on your roller coaster? Can you build a hill higher than where you started?

Take a picture of your creation and post it in the comments below to enter to win four guest passes to the museum! Want to increase your chances of winning? Participate in our challenges every Tuesday and Thursday and show us your creations in the comments! 🎢

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04/13/2020
Ask a Pilot

Today, Rossco talks about his favorite story from training. Leave a comment with your questions about being a pilot and he will answer them in an upcoming Ask a Pilot video.

On April 12, 1961, the Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space aboard a Vostok spacecraft, stunning...
04/12/2020

On April 12, 1961, the Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space aboard a Vostok spacecraft, stunning the world and giving his country and early lead in the “space race.” Gagarin instantly became both a national hero and international sensation. Sadly, Gagarin’s life was tragically cut short when an advanced Soviet jet fighter he was flying in crashed shortly after takeoff on March 27, 1968. He was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame in 1970.

50 years ago today – Apollo 13 launched into space with three astronauts aboard – Commander James Lovell, Command Module...
04/11/2020

50 years ago today – Apollo 13 launched into space with three astronauts aboard – Commander James Lovell, Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise. An explosion during a routine maintenance procedure turned the mission into one of the most technologically challenging moments in the history of NASA, ultimately becoming what many believe what was one of the finest hours in the space agency’s history.

04/09/2020
SDASM Challenge

Find something elastic (like a rubber band or hair tie) as well as materials to build (such as a popsicle stick, spoon, or toothbrush) and something to launch (try cotton balls or wadded up paper). For an extra challenge, try launching your catapult towards a target, such as a mug or cup! What happens when you pull back further? What happens when you move the target farther away?

Take a picture of your creation and post it in the comments below to enter to win four guest passes to the museum! Want to increase your chances of winning? Participate in our challenges every Tuesday and Thursday and show us your creations in the comments!

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Throwback to April 9, 1953 when the Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart made its first official flight after a short unintended flig...
04/09/2020

Throwback to April 9, 1953 when the Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart made its first official flight after a short unintended flight on January 14, 1953. The Museum has Sea Dart Bu. No. 135763 on display on a pylon at the front entrance of the building.

In April 1993, Ellen Ochoa – a graduate of both Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California and San Diego State Univers...
04/08/2020

In April 1993, Ellen Ochoa – a graduate of both Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California and San Diego State University – became the first Hispanic woman in space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS 56. She eventually flew on a total of four shuttle missions. Ochoa, who would later become the first Hispanic Director of the Johnson Space Center, entered the International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in 2018.

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
04/07/2020

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Looking forward to tonight’s supermoon? 🌝 What makes it so super in the first place?

A supermoon is a full Moon occurring near or at the time when the Moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth — making it slightly brighter and larger. More Moon facts: https://go.nasa.gov/2UPssZ2

04/07/2020
SDASM Challenge

Neck hurting from all that screen time? Engineer your own phone or tablet stand! Grab 3-4 sheets of paper, recycled cardboard, some rubber bands, paper clips or tape, and see what you can create. Extra challenge: the device must be in a horizontal position, at least 6 inches off the table, and totally freestanding (no help from your fingers!)

Take a picture of your creation and post it in the comments below to enter to win four guest passes to the museum! Want to increase your chances of winning? Participate in our challenges every Tuesday and Thursday and show us your creations in the comments!

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In April 1912, this woman started flight instruction on North Island with Glenn Curtiss.  She would go on to be the thir...
04/07/2020

In April 1912, this woman started flight instruction on North Island with Glenn Curtiss. She would go on to be the third woman in America to receive her pilot’s license a month later. Unfortunately, she would die in an airplane crash that same year. Who is this? 👩‍✈️

04/06/2020
Ask a Pilot

Today, Rossco answers whether a helicopter is safer than an airplane. Leave a comment with your questions about being a pilot and he will answer them in an upcoming Ask a Pilot video.

The Education Department’s April session of Little Engineers has gone virtual! Storybook Science can't happen in the mus...
04/04/2020

The Education Department’s April session of Little Engineers has gone virtual! Storybook Science can't happen in the museum, but that won't stop our educators from sharing their favorite read aloud stories while pairing them with engaging STEM activities for your preschooler. Visit our website to sign up!
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Thank you Cassandra Smith for letting us use Sophia’s awesome Recycled Robot! Make sure to keep doing the challenges so ...
04/03/2020

Thank you Cassandra Smith for letting us use Sophia’s awesome Recycled Robot! Make sure to keep doing the challenges so you can increase your chance of winning four guest passes to the Museum. #sdasmathome #sdasmgiveaway #girlpower #challengeaccepted

04/02/2020
Cargo Boats Challenge

Got a bunch of loose change lying around? See if you can make it float in a Cargo Boat! Search your kitchen for different materials such as paper, plastic, or aluminum foil, and engineer your own watercraft. Can it float empty for at least 30 seconds? How many coins can you add before it sinks to the bottom? What happens if you add all the coins at once? What happens if you change the shape of your boat?

Take a picture of your floating treasure and post it in the comments below to enter to win four guest passes to the museum! Want to increase your chances of winning? Participate in our challenges every Tuesday and Thursday and show us your creations in the comments!

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed by or associated with Facebook.

Throwback to April 1930 when Jack Barstow set a gliding record of over 15 hours over Point Loma, CA.  Jack also gave gli...
04/02/2020

Throwback to April 1930 when Jack Barstow set a gliding record of over 15 hours over Point Loma, CA. Jack also gave gliding tips to Charles Lindbergh. Nice work Jack!

04/01/2020
Recycled Robots Challenge

Grab five clean items from your recycling bin or desk, such as paper towel rolls, scrap paper, plastic tubs, paper clips, etc. Using all of these items, can you design a room-cleaning robot? What kinds of tools and special features would your robot have? Take a picture of your new recycled robot and post it in the comments!

On March 31, 1931 a Fokker F-10 (similar to the one pictured), crashed in Kansas killing this iconic sports figure. The ...
03/31/2020

On March 31, 1931 a Fokker F-10 (similar to the one pictured), crashed in Kansas killing this iconic sports figure. The tragedy put further scrutiny on aviation safety.

03/31/2020
Ask a Pilot

Ask Rossco, a Member of our Education Department and a certified ground instructor for the FAA, any of your questions about being a pilot and he will answer them in an upcoming Ask a Pilot video! Post your questions in the comments.

Noted for their achievements in aviation, inspiration to women pilots, and dedication to education and preservation of w...
03/30/2020

Noted for their achievements in aviation, inspiration to women pilots, and dedication to education and preservation of women’s aviation history, the Ninety-Nines organization was created in 1929. Their existence dates to the Women’s Air Derby, also known as the “Powder Puff Derby,” held in conjunction with the Cleveland Air Races. Forty women qualified, and 20, including Amelia Earhart, participated in the race. Eighty-six of the then 117 licensed American female pilots joined together to create the organization, quickly growing to 99 members, hence their name. Earhart was elected their first President. They were essential during World War II, breaking into many aspects of the aviation world, serving as test pilots, mechanics, flight controllers and instructors. They transported aircraft for the Army Air Corps, and ferried fighters, bombers, transports, cargo, and utility aircraft to England. Jacqueline Cochran, wartime president of the Ninety-Nines, organized the first Women's Air Force Service Pilot (WASPs) class. Today, the Ninety-Nines focus on education and charity and sponsor educational programs for teachers and aviation related field trips for schools. The Ninety-Nines were inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame in 2014.

Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman and youngest American (at the time) to enter space on June 18, 1983, as a...
03/27/2020

Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman and youngest American (at the time) to enter space on June 18, 1983, as a crew member on Space Shuttle Challenger. Her second space flight was in 1984, also on board Challenger. In all, she spent more than 343 hours in space. In 2001, she founded Sally Ride Science, which creates entertaining science programs and publications for elementary and middle school students, with a particular focus on girls.

Among her many honors, Dr. Ride was inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Astronaut Hall, and in 2009, she joined her fellow air and space legends when she entered the prestigious International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

03/26/2020
Parachute Peril Challenge

Our next SDASM Challenge is here! Design a parachute to protect your favorite snack from crash landing onto your kitchen floor. Use household supplies like paper towels, rubber bands, dental floss, etc., and see if you can keep your snack from getting smushed! Take a picture of your snack protector and post it in the comments!

Some great ideas from our friends at the Smithsonian #SmithsonianEdu
03/26/2020

Some great ideas from our friends at the Smithsonian #SmithsonianEdu

Need new ways to keep kids engaged with learning while they're not in the classroom? Caregivers, we're here for you.

Explore our millions of digital educational resources from Smithsonian Education, with activities geared toward caregivers: https://s.si.edu/2wvdsGF

This photo is from the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC), which also shares tips for adults on speaking with kids who ask about coronavirus: https://s.si.edu/2xkZ5oa #SmithsonianEdu

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Thank you for this absolute piece of awesomeness. Sat listening to 5 of my lifelong heroes just chatting and reminiscing for the last couple of hrs, was just really amazing to be honest. So, thanks again
Thank you for arranging this event-it was amazing to hear their stories! Determination and grit-they never gave up!
San Diego Air & Museum is featured in ArawSanDiego YouTube Channel!!!
S.P.A.C.E. Is an art event hosted by a board of NASA test pilot , AIAA members, Aerospace engineer, Air Force, Artists, and Space and Missile Systems members. 🚀 On Jan 24th and 25th We are mixing wine, art, aerospace and music to bring you an event that is out of this world 🌎 Start your 2020 with one small step into our gallery and a giant leap into space !!! Join us at “Allies worldwide” in Los Angeles Ca
**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Mariners Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy https://www.facebook.com/SSHMarinersGenealogy/ The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to Historical and Genealogical Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island, in New York City, to honor their Ancestors and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant, Coast Guard, and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. The Mariners were from many areas of the United States, Canada, and other countries. Some of the Mariners sailed from California seaports. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2244490/sailors-snug-harbor-cemetery Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/caretakers-shoot-down-plans-for-monument-for-fallen-sailors/ The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. You can help support the Descendants by writing a Letter of Support using the Support Letter Writing Instructions at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx Sailors’ Snug Harbor has a very interesting history. It was one of the first large scale retirement facilities in the United States and the first established for Merchant Mariners. It was founded by the Randall family whom were New York City Merchant Sea Captains and Privateers during the French Indian War and Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton was a friend of the Randall family and their Attorney. He helped draft the Robert Richard Randall Will in 1801 to create the SSH Trust which funded the SSH Retirement Home. During its 140+ years of operation (1833-1976) approximately 16,000 Mariners resided there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailors%27_Snug_Harbor
Visiting from Oregon and loved the moon rock from the Apollo 17 mission!
P/C Patty Hoenig Front Porch Photography- Austin, Texas
Flew in yesterday from Cleveland. I’ve been trying to get this shot for years, and it finally happened. I’ll be visiting the museum this week!
BRANIFF INTERNATIONAL, DC-8 CALDER, HANDMADE ON CARDBOARD, THANK YOU FOR PROMOTING THE AVIATION OF THE WORLD, THE CONGRATULATIONS
The mighty F-4 Phantom.
Vintage transportation.