Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos

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The Hiller Aviation Museum is an aircraft history museum located at the San Carlos Airport in San Carlos, California. The museum was founded by Stanley Hiller in June 1998. and is endowed by members of the Hiller family, owners of the Hiller Aircraft Corporation. It specializes in Northern California aircraft history and helicopter history. The museum is also an affiliate within the Smithsonian Affiliations program.Permanent exhibitsThis museum has more than 50 aerospace vehicles along with companion descriptive displays concerning the history of flight. Some of the exhibits include: The Hiller XH-44 (replica), first coaxial helicopter to fly in the US The Hiller Flying Platform, an experimental aircraft from 1955 to give a single passenger low-altitude flight The front 45 feet of a Boeing 747Fairchild 24, the "Honeymoon Plane" once owned by James RicklefsStearman-Hammond Y-1, a mid-1930s trainer also used as a remotely piloted aircraft The Rutan Defiant, Burt Rutan's personal homebuilt airplane. A Grumman Albatross HU-16RD that flew around the world. The NASA AD-1 oblique wing research aircraft.
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  • This museum has many items with which to listen, see, and try. It is interactive and has friendly helpful staff. We learned some new things during our 1 hour and 45 minute stay. We purchased some flyi...  more »
  • You don't need to be an airplane enthusiast to enjoy this pearl of a museum. Airplanes from the beginning of aviation, storytelling, interactive experiences, drone academy and much more. It's special ...  more »
  • What this is not: a war bird museum like most. Hiller was a pioneer in vertical flight and much of the display is dedicated to that. The only outside static display is the nose section of an old 747. ...  more »
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  • A good place to go if you or your young ones are into aviation history. There were many old planes, helicopters, and other flying contraptions on display. The day I went was actually for a model train event which was a nice addition to the airplanes around. Overall, the museum was smaller than expected. Not as many interactive items as other museums. Also the price seemed a bit high for what you get, however this may have been due to the addition of the model train event. It was worth going to at least once and for a couple hours at most.
  • Very nice museum albeit a little small. Something for kids and grown-ups to explore and learn. The one problem I see is that some kids hog some of the exhibitions and don't let others see/fly. The highlight for me was the 747 nose and cockpit. Quite amazing to sit in the captain's seat and play with the controls.
  • If you like light aircraft designed designed by a forward thinking engineer and company of yesteryear, this is the museum for you. Medium sized and super good. That's my view as an aeronautical engineer myself.
  • Great museum, with rich local history displayed everywhere you look. They have an abundance of helicopters, but with plenty of airplanes for plane enthusiasts. If you like simulators, they have an old beat-up helicopter sim that actually moves parts on the actual helicopter, a Boeing 777 sim that teaches you how to land at the SFO airport, and a Wright flyer simulator. They have a drone cage, an FMX simulator that reacts to the controls, and a set of simulators that you have to pay for, and reserve ahead of time if you want a more in-depth aviation experience. Outside, they have the front section of an old Boeing 707 that you can step inside, and you can even go up the stairs to the second floor, and sit in the pilot's seat. If you don't want to commit to a huge museum, but want to learn about the history of aircraft, this is the place to go. And completely worth the trip if you get a pass.
  • Fly in directions are wrong. You can no longer park in the northwest transient parking area, it is for helicopters only. You must park on the other side of the runway at the GA terminal. It is a short walk with sidewalk to the museum. I advised the museum to update their website months ago but it still has no happened. I have been to aviation museums all over the world, this one is worth a visit.
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