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Entrance to the San Diego Air & Space Museum

Entrance to the San Diego Air & Space Museum


Art and History of Aviation at the Historic Balboa Park

Any aviation enthusiast must visit the San Diego Air & Space Museum, especially if they follow Charles Lindbergh. His purpose-built Ryan aircraft was built in San Diego and that was where the celebrated aviator left from to achieve his Atlantic-Ocean-crossing, record-setting flight. A flying condition replica sits in the Rotunda entrance.

Start in the historical gallery and read about the brave Montgolfier brothers who first flew lighter-than-air ships made our of paper in 1783. Proceed to the World War I Gallery where SPAD, Nieuport and Fokker aircrafts will stimulate your thinking of what a dogfight might have been like. In the Golden Age of Flight Gallery, you will see more examples of Ryan aircraft, a Gee Bee R-1 reproduction and the popular Robinson R44 helicopter that you can actually sit in. Contained in the World War II Gallery are must-have airplanes: North American P-51D Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI, Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14 and Mitsubishi A6M 7 Zero-sen. Don’t miss the Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet or the Apollo Service Module in the Modern Jet & Space Age Gallery; that’s also where the simulators are located. In the center of the circular museum is the Edwin D. McKellar Pavilion of Flight with suspended machines: a Ford 5-A-B Trimotor, McDonnell Douglas F-4J/S Phantom II, and Bell AH-1E Cobra helicopter among others gliding over the V8 fountain. That space is also bookable for private events. Rumor has it that they are building a Hughes H-1 Racer replica in the basement. Partake in the 3D and 4D experience in the Zable Theater and pick up some mementos in the gift shop on the way out. 

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