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.
Leading up to the "To the Moon and Back," the Museum’s blog will take a look at each of the evening’s invitees, starting today with Buzz Aldrin.
Science and Environment reporter Gary Robbins recently featured the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s “To the Moon and Back: An Evening with America’s Space Heroes” event on June 23 in the San Diego Union Tribune. From the article: “The celebration, which is open to the public, is designed to honor Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7), Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Al Worden (Apollo 15), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16), and Gene Cernan (Apollo 17).” Robbins goes on to note that three flight directors from the Apollo program – Gerry Griffin (Apollo 12, 15 and 17, as well as a key figure in Apollo 13), Glynn Lunney (Apollo 13), and Milt Windler (Apollo 13) – will also join the tribute.