Aerospace Museum, San Diego

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2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park (619) 234-8291

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    San Diego Aerospace Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 29, 2011

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    This is my husbands favorite place to visit there. It offers some very unique exhibits to see and you'll learn a thing or two about our past aviation history!

    There are over 60 examples of aircraft and they have many other types of aircraft on loan. Those on loan may change frequently.

    Visitors can experience flight and motion simulators.

    Regular Museum Admission Fees: Please check the web site or call them.

    **Guided Tours of the Restoration Area are only available on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. Excessive noise may be experienced on the tour.

    Regular Hours of Operation
    The Museum is open seven days a week Monday through Sunday. Please see below for the hours.

    Normal Hours
    10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    With admission until 4:00 p.m.

    Summer Hours - (Memorial Day through Labor Day):
    10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    With admission until 5:00 p.m.

    Closed:Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

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    San Diego Air and Space Museum

    by lmkluque Updated Sep 20, 2011

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    Helicopter in the courtyard

    The building housing the SD Air and Space Museum represents a style of architecture called "Streamlined Moderne." During the development of the south end of Balboa Park for the California Pacific International Exposition of 1935-36 the Ford Motor Company created this great hall for the Transportation Exhibition and then Ford donated the building to the City of San Diego. In 1973 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Update:
    If you are a bit confused about the title: SD Air and Space Museum, I'll tell you that it was formally known as the San Diego Aerospace Museum, it is located in the same place and has the same/expanding exhibits, but has changed it's name.

    The San Diego Air and Space Museum was the first aviation museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums and continues to be one of the top five aviation and space museums in the nation.

    This is a must see for anyone even remotely interested in flying or the history of man's (men and women) ascent into the heavens. There are displays ranging from the first ideas of pasting feathers on cloth wings to samples of modern space capsules and even ideas for the future.

    They offer exibits such as films at the 3D/4D Theater and the Kid's Aviation Action Hangar, a special play area for all ages with interactive displays.

    There is a nice outdoor courtyard in the center of the building which includes several full sized helicopters, and jets to view while sitting down for a rest this is especially exciting for kids with an active imagination.

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    San Diego Air and Space Museum

    by Tom_Fields Updated Oct 14, 2007

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    Any aviation buff will want to visit this place. It has outstanding displays of aircraft, uniforms, weapons, and memorabilia from the beginning of aviation to the present. Included are exhibits on World War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, and the manned space programs from Mercury to Apollo.

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    Aerospace Museum

    by acemj Updated Jan 17, 2006

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    I know a lot of VTers love airplanes as they prove by flying all over the world so often! That being the case, this is a great place to explore the history of aviation. There are "aircrafts" from the 18th century here, though I don't recommend trying to fly one of them.

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    San Diego Aerospace Museum

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written Jun 23, 2004

    This Museum is in Balboa Park.

    Although not as large as some of the more famous aviation museums, it's still well worth a visit. Among the things new to me were an Engine from an ME-262, a Ford Trimotor, a British Spitfire and a Japanese Zero.

    The Museum is next to the Automotive museum and you can easily do both in a Day.

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    San Diego Aerospace Museum - info

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 3, 2003

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    San Diego Aerospace Museum

    HOURS
    10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. With admission until 4:00 p.m.
    The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

    ADMISSION
    Adults $8
    Juniors: (6-17 years) $3
    Seniors (65+ years) $6
    Students (With valid student ID) $6
    Group Rate (10+ people) $6
    Under 6 years Free!
    Active Duty Military Free! (With valid military ID)

    Behind-the-scenes Restoration Tours are available for an additional $3 per person.

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    San Diego Aerospace Museum

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 3, 2003

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    San Diego Aerospace Museum

    If you are interested in aviation’s history from the Wright Flyer to the space shuttle - it's a place just for you!

    The museum houses a collection of over sixty-five aircraft and spacecraft and the International Aerospace Hall of Fame honoring engineers, pilots, and aviation industrialists. The museum maintains an extensive aviation library and archives and also has a remarkable aerospace museum store.

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    by Juliet67 Written Sep 2, 2002

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    The Aerospace Museum

    The San Diego Aerospace Museum brings to life aviation's rich heritage through a dazzling collection of over 65 U.S. and foreign aircraft and spacecraft.

    Glimpse the dawn of powered flight at Kitty Hawk. Recapture the days of aerial combat during World War I, when fighter planes like the Spad, the Nieuport and the Albatros ruled the skies over France.

    Enjoy the Golden Age of Flight and the first mail plane, a Curtiss Jenny. Take to the skies in World War II when Spitfires, Me 109s, Zeros and Hellcats fought to rule the skies over Europe and the vast Pacific Ocean. Burst into the Jet Age with the A-4 Skyhawk, the F-4 Phantom II and the record-setting spy plane, the Blackbird.

    Learn about the extraordinary accomplishments achieved by the world's leading aviation pioneers, pilots, engineers and industrialists in the museum's International Aerospace Hall of Fame where you will rub shoulders with Wilber Wright, Amelia Earhart, Wally Schirra and General Chuck Yeager. The museum also includes our International Aerospace Hall of Fame, which honors engineers, pilots, and industrialists.
    The mission of the San Diego Aerospace Museum, a non-profit organization, is to provide for the public an educational, scientific and cultural institution devoted to the history of aviation and spaceflight. This is accomplished through the aircraft and spacecraft collections and the chronology of achievements of the men and women who made significant contributions in aviation and aerospace, with particular emphasis on San Diego's long and rich aerospace history.

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    San Diego Air & Space Museum

    by generasianx Written Sep 14, 2006
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    A pretty cool museum on the history of flight.

    Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Adult: $10. Free on the 4th Tues of every month.

    My rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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    Visit the San Diego, Aeorspace...

    by Nobbe Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Visit the San Diego, Aeorspace Museum.
    The San Diego Aerospace Museum have a collection of over 65 U.S. and foreign aircraft and spacecraft.

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