The San Diego Air & Space Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101Most Americans know that Charles Lindbergh flew the Spirit of St. Louis when he made the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. But not many people know that the Spirit of St. Louis was actually designed and built by a San Diego aviation firm, the Ryan Airline Company.
From Biplanes to BlackbirdsThe San Diego Aerospace Museum owns 69 different aircraft, of which are many retired military aircraft, many are reproduced
The International Aerospace Hall of FameIn the Aerospace Museum's center courtyard, a huge F4 Phantom chases a Mig 17. Both aircraft are painted in the colors of Vietnam War aces, American and North Vietnamese. Enemies during the Battle of Britain in World War II, a German Me 109 Messerschmitt hangs upside down from the ceiling directly over its arch enemy, the British Spitfire. Similarly, in the section about the Korean War, an F-86 Sabre Jet and former enemy, the
Hours of Operation and LocationThe San Diego Aerospace Museum is locate in Balboa Park at 2001 Pan American Plaza, next door to the San Diego Automotive Museum. The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission to the museum is: adults, $8; seniors over 65, $6; children six to 17 years old, $3. The fourth Tuesday of every month is free admission day at the Aerospace Museum. Tours are
For more information about the San Diego Aerospace Museum, call 619-234-8291.
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