Speed is in the blood of the Ferguson family of Palos Verdes Estates. Just ask anyone who’s ever tooled out to the storied Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah to see how fast their specially built hot rods can fly across the smooth, flat plain.
Forty years ago one of the most spectacular building fires in San Diego history destroyed the San Diego Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park – sparking a stunning revival unmatched in US museum history.
Hand built at home in a local Escondido garage, this Bonneville Salt Flats and El Mirage hot rod is based on a 1987 normally aspirated Moto Guzzi LeMans IV, bored and stroked to 973cc.
Today its “Ack Attack,” a uniquely constructed land-speed record streamliner motorcycle, which holds the record for world's fastest motorcycle with an average speed of 376.363 mph.
The San Diego Air & Space Museum is bringing “Speed” to San Diego throughout 2018 with its SPEED: Science in Motion special exhibition. Each month features a new theme, with “Land-Speed Record-Holders” kicking off in February. We’ll be featuring a new vehicle each Wednesday, starting with the iconic Arfons “Green Monster.”
On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the Library & Archives received a donation of a pilot’s logbook. It was obviously old, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary with it until it was opened. The cursive handwriting was a bit backhand, tight, and legible with a little flair from an ink fountain pen. The entries start in January 1940 with training flights in Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Fleet biplane trainers, all stamped and approved by the Ottawa Flying Club in Canada.
“Ev’s inner spirit was infectious and he was always smiling! He genuinely loved people and the opportunity help them,” said Jim Kidrick.
The International Air & Space Hall of Fame Induction Celebration will introduce its Distinguished Class of 2017 on Thursday, November 9, in the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Pavilion of Flight.
Rare artifacts include handwritten letter from Charles Lindbergh, historic Apollo 11 mission patch, and Armstrong’s NASA flight helmet.
Only a few days left to reserve your seat!