Museum of Flying, Santa Monica

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The Museum of Flying is a private non-profit air and space museum in Santa Monica, California. It was founded in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, renamed the Museum of Flying in 1989, closed in 2002, and reopened in 2012 in a new facility. The Museum exhibits the history of aviation, focusing on aviation history in Southern California.HistoryOriginally founded in 1974 by Donald Douglas Jr. as the Douglas Museum and Library located on the South side of the Santa Monica Airport, the Museum migrated to the North side of the Airport and reopened as the Museum of Flying in April 1989. The Museum gradually grew to a collection of over 50 vintage aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California and are still in flight-ready condition.The museum's collection of artifacts, exhibits, and aviation art chronicle the development of aviation in Southern California. The anchor aircraft for the Museum was the Douglas World Cruiser, "New Orleans" which made the first circumnavigation of the globe along with its sister ship, "Chicago", in 1924. The "Chicago" now resides at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air & Space Museum.Over the next several years, the museum played host to many historic and memorable special events and activities, including "A Walk on the Moon" in 1999 in which seven NASA lunar astronauts were present and honored for their advancement in the discovery of space and the moon. In 2000, the museum held the 60th Commemorative Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Attendees at this event witnessed first-hand accounts of this epic air battle, live and in person from several RAF and Luftwaffe pilots who joined us for this milestone occasion.
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  • Nice Museum, you'd expect to see more in reality is not great so I guess they could not put anything more in view of the topics in question, ingo bri but certainly interesting and worth seeing, the Council dimprendere one of those appliances that imparticolari, explain why something, at least in my case was different from what I remembered, or thought.
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  • While you are on the west side near the beach, stop by the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica airport. It offers some interesting information and displays about flight history in the U.S.  more »
  • A small museum in as little as 2 hours around at all. And place into the cockpit of a plane was flying up to six years before the FedEx, liked kids, so many questions I had. Was it wants pilots to be at home when I grow up!
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  • Wonderful experience. Staff proactively gave us a trip around with many interesting facts. Thank you! Must visit if you are in the area. Pros - Very quiet on weekday, very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff, cool planes and a very realistic simulator. Get cheap deal on groupon. Cons - None
  • Very interesting! The managing director Dan Ryan was very personable and informative. Models of the progression of the DC 1 through the DC 10 was a highlight. And the movie, Grey Eagles was excellent. If you have an interest in aviation, it is a must see.
  • Friendly and very informative staff. Great place to go back in time and see some very nice air history
  • Really nice place to take your kids and learn about airplanes and aviation
  • Nice collection of aircraft. Enjoyed taking out of town guests for a visit.

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