Gibbs was a significant part of the legacy of aviation in the San Diego region.
We have continued to improve our various collection databases and our offerings online to the general public. Much of this work has been accomplished through a series of federal and foundation grants. In the past several years, the Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS) has contributed over $250,000 in grants for our Great Explorations project, first Phase I and now Phase II.
Aviation Legend Bob Hoover – described by Gen. Jimmy Doolittle as the “greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived” – passed away earlier today. He was 94.
As you might have heard, the San Diego Air & Space Museum recently joined our fellow park cultural institutions, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and dozens of civic and cultural leaders in applauding the renewed efforts to remove cars from the congested center of Balboa Park.
The International Air & Space Hall of Fame Induction Celebration will introduce its Distinguished Class of 2016 on Thursday, November 17, in the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Pavilion of Flight. Guests from around the world join the honorees for a spectacular evening of fun and extraordinary recognition, as each attendee is offered an experiential peek into the lives of these air and space legends.
Captain Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. – squadron commander of the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group – the famed Tuskegee Airmen or “Red Tails” – passed away in New York on July 2. Mr. Brown was 94.
Col. Steve N. Pisanos, USAF, (Ret.) was a World War II fighter double ace who volunteered for the original Eagle Squadrons, Flying with the Royal Air Force Prior to America's Entry into World War II.
Gene Cernan is one of a very small group of people who had the good fortune to visit the moon twice. Selected as an astronaut in 1963, his first flight was aboard Gemini 9 in 1966, when he made a daring and risky spacewalk.
The Museum was nominated for the award by Martin Teachworth, who teaches science at La Jolla High School and has participated in the Museum’s educational programming for several years. Mr. Teachworth commended the Education Department’s dedication to STEM outreach to San Diego students, particularly through multiple scholarships awarded in June and science and engineering competitions.
A while back, the San Diego Air & Space Museum completed the construction of a 1932 Boeing P-26 “Peashooter” fighter plane. Built exactly to Boeing plans, it is authentic in every respect. This interesting airplane is unique in that it was the first all metal military airplane, the first monoplane (single wing) fighter, the last to have fixed gear (non-retractable), and the last to have an open cockpit. It truly was the design bridge between old and new.