We are pleased to announce we have recently acquired the Vought Archive from the Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation Archive in Arlington, Texas. This is the largest component of the surviving archive of the Vought Aircraft companies.
As Curator of the Air & Space Museum I am often asked how our team moves aircraft into the building, and from place within the building when it becomes necessary.Why is there a need to move aircraft around at all you may ask?
The Museum recently added the Aerospace Education Center Collection to our own collection, previously located in Little Rock, Arkansas. The newly acquired collection is the outgrowth of over fifty years of intensive collecting by Jay Miller, noted aviation author and photographer, former curator at the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas.
Before humans were sent into space, animals were used!
The Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in San Diego, was used by the United States Air Force and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for aerial reconnaissance and observation.
San Diego’s Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical Company started building the Firebee drone series in for the United States Air Force in 1951.
The Sopwith Pup biplane fighter aircraft was flown in World War I by the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service of the United Kingdom.
Greeting you on one side of the entrance to the San Diego Air & Space Museum is our Lockheed A-12 Blackbird.
The San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Library and Archives houses a significant new collection: a large portion of the image archive from the Rohr/Goodrich Corporation (now part of United Technologies Corporation). The company’s San Diego roots go back to 1940, and to its namesake, Fred Rohr, who helped build Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis in 1927. This year the company celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Since its inception in 1963, the International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum has honored over 200 of our world’s most significant aviation pilots, crew members, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, business leaders, designers, spokesmen and space pioneers. They have been celebrated for their significant contribution to the advancement of humankind in the field of air and space. They highlight the importance of technology and innovation.