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Please join us for a socially-distanced, Halloween-themed Family Fright Night on Friday, October 23 or Saturday, October...
10/20/2020

Please join us for a socially-distanced, Halloween-themed Family Fright Night on Friday, October 23 or Saturday, October 24 from 5:30-8:00 PM. Everyone who registers will be automatically entered into an opportunity drawing to win a surprise Museum Gift Bag (value $100) that will give you something to scream about!! 👻
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The prototype for the Bell UH-1 flew for the first time on October 20, 1956. Often called the Huey, that is not its offi...
10/20/2020

The prototype for the Bell UH-1 flew for the first time on October 20, 1956. Often called the Huey, that is not its official nickname. What is the official name of the helicopter? #triviatuesday

10/20/2020
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The cosmic stage is all set for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission's TAG of asteroid Bennu tomorrow — are you? Join mission experts today to learn more about this crucial leg of the mission #ToBennuAndBack (all times EDT):

☄️ 1 p.m. Asteroid Science & Planetary Defense Briefing
🛰️ 3 p.m. Mission Science & Engineering Briefing
🌎 5 p.m. NASA Science Live Q&A with Leadership

Tune in: www.nasa.gov/nasalive

In January 1921 a group of veteran World War I pilots gathered at an Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village in the spir...
10/19/2020

In January 1921 a group of veteran World War I pilots gathered at an Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village in the spirit of reminiscence and fellowship. The camaraderie of that evening eventually led to the establishment of one of the largest fraternal organizations of pilots that exists to this day, formally known as Ye Ancient and Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen. In the early 1930s the organization published its only photo album of all members, giving a rare insight into the early days of the Quiet Birdmen. The year book incidentally served to showcase the ‘who’s who’ of male aviators during the Golden Age of Flight. Notoriously secretive, the organization has not printed a national roster of membership in this format since. The Library holds a very rare autographed copy of this book, as distribution was limited to the small number of members at the time. In this artifact spotlight, we will look at this album, along with some of the most interesting "Quiet Birdmen" in it!
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Looking for something fun for your family to do during the Halloween season? Join us for Family Fright Nights at the San...
10/18/2020

Looking for something fun for your family to do during the Halloween season? Join us for Family Fright Nights at the San Diego Air & Space Museum: A Unique Pop Up Dining Experience for Same Family Households. Enjoy a safe, socially-distanced Halloween-themed evening (costumes encouraged) in one of San Diego's most unique and memorable venues. When: Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 from 5:30 – 8:00pm. Includes Admission to the Museum, dining in our open air Pavilion of Flight with table side service for both food and drink service, access to our holiday-decorated Space Exhibit and Galleries, a Scavenger Hunt for Kids, Magic Wall and Candy Bag at the end. Limited to the first 100 guests.
Sign up today! 🎃
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Please join the San Diego Air & Space Museum on wishing former NASA astronaut Bill Anders on his 87th birthday, today, O...
10/17/2020

Please join the San Diego Air & Space Museum on wishing former NASA astronaut Bill Anders on his 87th birthday, today, Oct. 17. Anders, who along with fellow crewmates Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, became the first men to leave low Earth orbit and travel to the Moon in December 1968 aboard Apollo 8. During their flight, Anders took one of the most famous photos of all time “Earthrise,” which today is widely credited with starting the Earth movement. Anders eventually retired from the United States Air Force as a Major General and had a very successful career as a businessman. Anders entered the International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in 1990.

An international space mission was flown in July 1975 that many believed impossible, given the technological, political ...
10/16/2020

An international space mission was flown in July 1975 that many believed impossible, given the technological, political and ideological differences between the two countries involved. For the first time, the United States and the Soviet Union cooperated in a venture that resulted in their spacecraft joining to become a single space vehicle in orbit. For this unique mission, the two nations relied on proven space vehicles, the Soviet Soyuz and the American Apollo. For the two spacecraft to fit together, a special docking module was designed to provide a passageway between these two vehicles. The mission began on July 15, 1975, with flawless launches at the Baikonur Cosmodrome and at the Kennedy Space Center. Two days later, the two spacecraft docked 222 kilometers above the earth and remained together for two days. The Soyuz crew of Valeri Kubasov, and Alexei Leonov returned to Earth on July 21, and the American crew of Vance Brand, Donald “Deke” Slayton and Thomas Stafford, splashed down in the Pacific on the 24th. The astronauts and cosmonauts of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project proved that two greatly diverse nations could cooperate in space flight research, accomplish possible rescue missions in space, and take the essential first step toward today’s International Space Station.

The crews of the Apollo Soyuz mission were inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame in 2001.

Throwback to the first flight of the massive Boeing XB-15. Although only one was built, the lessons learned from the fli...
10/15/2020

Throwback to the first flight of the massive Boeing XB-15. Although only one was built, the lessons learned from the flight tests of the XB-15 would aid in the design of the B-29. #tbt

Looking for something fun for your family to do during the Halloween season? Join us for Family Fright Nights at the San...
10/14/2020
San Diego Air & Space Museum - Balboa Park, San Diego

Looking for something fun for your family to do during the Halloween season? Join us for Family Fright Nights at the San Diego Air & Space Museum: A Unique Pop Up Dining Experience for Same Family Households. Enjoy a safe, socially-distanced Halloween-themed evening (costumes encouraged) in one of San Diego's most unique and memorable venues. When: Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 from 5:30 – 8:00pm. Includes Admission to the Museum, dining in our open air Pavilion of Flight with table side service for both food and drink service, access to our holiday-decorated Space Exhibit and Galleries, a Scavenger Hunt for Kids, Magic Wall and Candy Bag at the end. Limited to the first 100 guests.
Sign up today! 🎃
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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.

On this date, Oct. 14, in 1947, Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager became the first man to exceed the speed of sound in leve...
10/14/2020

On this date, Oct. 14, in 1947, Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager became the first man to exceed the speed of sound in level flight when he piloted his rocket engine-powered Bell X-1 aircraft in the skies above the high desert northeast of Los Angeles. Nicknamed the Glamorous Glennis after Yeager’s wife, the Bell X-1 was shaped like a .50 caliber bullet because bullets were known to be stable at supersonic speeds. The airplane was dropped from the bomb bay a B-29 Superfortress and reached Mach 1.06 (700 miles per hour). Following the burnout of the engine, the plane glided to a landing on a dry lake bed. The original Bell X-1 is on display in the Milestones of Flight Gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., while a stunning replica – which was expertly built in the Museum’s Restoration Shop – hangs in the Rotunda at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

On October 13, 1950, the prototype of the aircraft pictured here had its first flight.  What is the aircraft? *Bonus poi...
10/13/2020

On October 13, 1950, the prototype of the aircraft pictured here had its first flight. What is the aircraft? *Bonus points if you get the exact model (A, B, C, etc!) #triviatuesday

Join us for the first virtual Balboa Park Educator Hour today at 3:30 PM PDT! Hosted by Friends of Balboa Park, represen...
10/13/2020

Join us for the first virtual Balboa Park Educator Hour today at 3:30 PM PDT! Hosted by Friends of Balboa Park, representatives from 12 different institutions will share resources, funding opportunities, and programs to increase student engagement, plus give away free workshops and prizes for participating teachers. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1216013924108/WN_M_r-uHYmQgCuDTj5818fUA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
10/13/2020

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

🚀 How about a rocket launch to go with your morning coffee? Tune in at https://go.nasa.gov/3jTle0o starting at 9:05am ET to see Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket launching with NASA Technology. Launch is scheduled no earlier than 9:35 a.m. EDT.

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, the San Diego Air & Space Museum has curated an online exhibit about Hispa...
10/12/2020

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, the San Diego Air & Space Museum has curated an online exhibit about Hispanic and Latino/Latina aviators that made significant contributions to the history of aerospace. This is by no means a comprehensive collection, but aims to look at a variety of people from many different countries from North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean whose exploits have made an impression on us. In addition, the San Diego Air & Space Museum has many related online resources, which are linked in this informative exhibit. https://bit.ly/2I2rV1U

On this date, Oct. 11, in 1984, Kathryn Sullivan, an American geologist and former NASA astronaut, became the first Amer...
10/11/2020

On this date, Oct. 11, in 1984, Kathryn Sullivan, an American geologist and former NASA astronaut, became the first American woman to walk in space during the Space Shuttle Challenger’s mission STS-41G. It was one of three Space Shuttle missions for Sullivan, and it was one of just a few impressive accomplishments in her career. On June 7, 2020, she became the first woman to dive to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Earth’s oceans. She was Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 6, 2014. Following completion of her service at NOAA, she was designated as the 2017 Charles A. Lindbergh Chair of Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, and has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker saw the beginnings of, and made significant contributions to, the growth of both the automoti...
10/09/2020

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker saw the beginnings of, and made significant contributions to, the growth of both the automotive and aviation industries. At the age of 13, his father’s death forced him to start supporting his family. He progressed from a mechanic to a sales management position in the auto industry by the age of 19. By the age of 22, he became a full-time automobile race driver, gaining banner headline victories across the country. At the outbreak of World War I, he entered the service as a driver for General “Black Jack” Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces. Upon reaching France, several friends, including Billy Mitchell, cut red tape and enrolled him in pilot training. In March, 1918, he was transferred to the 94th Aero Squadron and two months later achieved his first combat victory. Taking on the best the German Air Force could offer, including the famous “Flying Circus,” Rickenbacker soon became an ace, a Captain, and Commander of the 94th Aero Squadron. By the end of the war he was officially credited with 26 individual victories, becoming America’s “Ace of Aces.”

Rickenbacker entered the International Air & Space Hall of Fame in 1966.

10/08/2020

Give today and your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a longtime supporter of the Museum! Donations will be matched now until the end of the year...there's no better time to support our team of 75 employees and ensure that the Museum remains a place of discovery and exploration! 🛩 🚀

We welcomed nearly 300,000 guests last year and provided free admission to approximately 74,000 guests, including students from Title One schools and active military members. Without you, we can’t make great things happen…with you, we will! Thank you for your support. ❤️

Throwback to October 8, 1890, when Eddie Rickenbacker was born in Columbus, Ohio. Before becoming a famous ace, Rickenba...
10/08/2020

Throwback to October 8, 1890, when Eddie Rickenbacker was born in Columbus, Ohio. Before becoming a famous ace, Rickenbacker was a renowned auto racer. #tbt

The San Diego Air & Space Museum recently had a video conversation with one of its Hall of Famers, Walter “Walt” Cunning...
10/07/2020

The San Diego Air & Space Museum recently had a video conversation with one of its Hall of Famers, Walter “Walt” Cunningham, a Marine Corps aviator, NASA astronaut and author. Walt originally enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951. After receiving his pilot's wings, he was given a Marine Corps commission, and his long and distinguished career spanned 23 years where he accumulated more than 4,400 flight hours in over 35 different aircraft. In 1963, he became only the third civilian astronaut at NASA. In October 1968, Cunningham journeyed into space aboard Apollo 7, orbiting the Earth for 11 days. It was the first manned mission of the Apollo program and marked the first time humans had flown on the Saturn 1B rocket. The success of Apollo 7 was critical to the decision to send humans to the moon for the first time on Apollo 8 in December of 1968.

Click here to view the video- https://youtu.be/8PgQHHaqZd0

On October 6, 1922, Lt John A. Macready and Lt Oakley G. Kelly completed a flight of 35 hours 18 minutes, setting a new ...
10/06/2020

On October 6, 1922, Lt John A. Macready and Lt Oakley G. Kelly completed a flight of 35 hours 18 minutes, setting a new endurance record in the skies above San Diego. What airplane did they use to set this record? #triviatuesday

On this date in 1957, Oct. 4, the Soviet Union shocked the world when it launched Sputnik 1 into low Earth orbit. Sputni...
10/04/2020

On this date in 1957, Oct. 4, the Soviet Union shocked the world when it launched Sputnik 1 into low Earth orbit. Sputnik orbited for three weeks before its batteries died and then orbited silently for two months before it fell back into the atmosphere. Its radio signal was easily detectable by radio amateurs, and its orbit made its flight path cover virtually the entire inhabited Earth. The satellite’s unanticipated success precipitated the American Sputnik crisis and triggered the Space Race, part of the Cold War. The launch was the beginning of a new era of political, military, technological and scientific developments.

Please join the San Diego Air & Space Museum in wishing Charlie Duke a happy 85th birthday, today Oct. 3, 2020. Charlie ...
10/03/2020

Please join the San Diego Air & Space Museum in wishing Charlie Duke a happy 85th birthday, today Oct. 3, 2020. Charlie became one of only 12 men to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 16 mission in April 1972. He was the 10th man to walk on the Moon and remains the youngest to ever walk on the lunar surface. He served as CAPCOM for Apollo 11, the first crewed landing on the Moon. His distinctive Southern drawl became familiar to audiences around the world, as the voice of a Mission Control made nervous by a long landing that almost expended all of the Lunar Module Eagle's fuel. Duke's first words to the Apollo 11 crew on the surface of the Moon were flustered, “Roger, Twank...Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot!”

The Apollo 16 mission to the Moon, John Young, Ken Mattingly and Charlie Duke, was America's fifth manned lunar landing,...
10/02/2020

The Apollo 16 mission to the Moon, John Young, Ken Mattingly and Charlie Duke, was America's fifth manned lunar landing, and the first to land in the desolate lunar highlands. Using a lunar rover, Young and Duke spent almost three days exploring the region, making geological discoveries that completely revised scientific thinking about the highlands. In the meantime, Mattingly carried out a mission of lunar mapping and scientific readings from lunar orbit. John Young and Charlie Duke are two of only 12 astronauts who walked on the Moon, of which only four are still living.

The crew of Apollo 16 was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame in 2013.

Throwback to October 1, 1881, when William E. Boeing was born in Detroit, Michigan. He would become one of the most infl...
10/01/2020

Throwback to October 1, 1881, when William E. Boeing was born in Detroit, Michigan. He would become one of the most influential men in aerospace history. #tbt

Now boarding: Air & Space at Your Place! This month, students in grades 2-5 will build and test biplanes, launching syst...
09/30/2020

Now boarding: Air & Space at Your Place! This month, students in grades 2-5 will build and test biplanes, launching systems, propeller-powered gliders, and so much more, with necessary materials included in your program price. Not currently in San Diego? Register before 12 PM PDT on October 1st, and you can elect to have your materials shipped to your door!

09/30/2020
Facebook Live with NASA’s Johnny Heflin

Join us for a live presentation by NASA’s Johnny Heflin, one of the Engines Managers for the massive Space Launch System (SLS) program, which is tasked with creating the most powerful rocket launch system in human history. The SLS will help send people back to the Moon in 2024 and will eventually be responsible for sending the first crewed flights to Mars.

On September 26, 1946, the “Truculent Turtle” took off from Perth, Australia. A little more than 55 hours later, the Tur...
09/29/2020

On September 26, 1946, the “Truculent Turtle” took off from Perth, Australia. A little more than 55 hours later, the Turtle would land in Columbus, Ohio, setting a new nonstop, unrefueled world distance record. What kind of plane was the Turtle?
#triviatuesday #aviationhistory

Just a reminder, the San Diego Air & Space Museum will be hosting a Facebook Live discussion this Wednesday, September 3...
09/28/2020

Just a reminder, the San Diego Air & Space Museum will be hosting a Facebook Live discussion this Wednesday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time with NASA’s Johnny Heflin, one of the Engines Managers for the massive Space Launch System (SLS) program, which is tasked with creating the most powerful rocket launch system in human history. The SLS will help send people back to the Moon in 2024 and will eventually be responsible for sending the first crewed flights to Mars. See you on Wednesday!

Happy Girls in Aviation Day! Don't forget to check out Women in Aviation's new app for all young learners interested in ...
09/26/2020

Happy Girls in Aviation Day! Don't forget to check out Women in Aviation's new app for all young learners interested in STEM and aerospace.

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Sad to see the city council go ahead and tear out all of the Handicap parking in front of the air and space museum and the automotive museum. The walk to these two venues will now be a hardship for those of us that are limited in walking distance and is a big disappointment to me personally. This is just another huge roadblock for those of us that are mobility limited along with the elimination of dozens of handicap and regular parking that the council has deemed not necessary in the the park and downtown areas. I know that the council had all of these concerns brought to their attention but refused to change their minds because more lawns and flowers were more important than me and those of us with the same problem.
Happy Aviation day!!!! ✈️ we saw you on the news today and would love to come visit soon. Thanks for the mini tour and sharing about some of the people and aircraft from your exhibits.
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I have a fun project that I would like to share. Many folks know that I was an Apache crewchief and I love making documentaries about military aviation. One thing I noticed is that every branch of the military has significant aviation assests at it's disposal to accomplish the mission assigned. Sunday May 24th is known as the Aviation Maintenance Technician day. The special day was founded by the FAA in the 1990’s to honor all of the mechanics of the aviation industry and was set on the birthday of the first airplane mechanic, Charles E. Taylor. He worked with the Wright brothers in their bicycle shop in Dayton Ohio and helped the boys design and build the first airplane. There aren’t a lot of people who know his story, so I’m working on a documentary to tell the world about … The Mechanician: A Brief History of Charles E. Taylor
So honored to be a part of such an amazing legacy of Apollo Astronauts. 😀😀
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!