Hollywood Studs & Starlets--Last Chance To Buy Tickets!

Hollywood...Studs & Starlets - May 7, 2011

Saturday, May 7th 5:30pm to 10:30pm

Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum for an evening of glamour, dancing and fun!

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The evening will include:

Special Guest: Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney 

Mickey Rooney is a famed Hollywood star whose appearances on film, stage and television span almost ninety years. He has won multiple awards, including an Honorary Academy Award, an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. Working as a performer since childhood, he rose to stardom as a teenager, and he has had one of the longest careers of any actor. We invite you to join us in the company of this true Hollywood legend.

Proceeds benefit the Museum’s educational programs.

Attire: Hollywood Glamour/Black tie optional

Elegant Costumes Encouraged--Come As Your Favorite Star!

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Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Becky Conrad for more information: bconrad@sdasm.org or 619.234.8291 x102.

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Meet an Astronaut at Space Day

2011 Space Day Celebration

2011 Space Day Celebration

Saturday, May 28th 2011, 10am - 2pm

The San Diego Air & Space Museum will host its 8th Annual Space Day celebration! Space Day will feature demonstrations, giveaways, and hands-on activities with local and national space experts. 

Astronaut Woody Spring plans to join us from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. to share stories of his dynamic space career.

Tons of great activities including:

Kids 17 and under are FREE with a paid adult admission.

To sign up for the adult admission discount coupon, click here.

As an extra bonus, the Museum's Space Galleries are open for viewing throughout the event, including a flown Apollo spacecraft, moon rocks, and space suits!

Invited Presenters include NASA, San Diego Space Society, JPL, The Mars Society, SETI, San Diego Astronomy Association, UCSD EarthKAM, The Planetary Society, SPAWAR, Virgin Galactic, Aerospace Legacy Foundation, Sally Ride Science, Astronaut Teacher Alliance and many others.

Curatorial Updates

P-26 Peashooter Soon To Be On Display

Boeing P26 Peashooter

Immediately following the Museum's Hollywood Studs & Starlets event, the Museum’s scratch built Boeing P-26 “Peashooter” will be coming back downtown from Gillespie Field for display on the gallery floor.  This immaculate reproduction is now complete after eleven years of meticulous construction in the basement and the application of an extremely colorful paint job, as was the style in the early 1930’s.  The dedication by our restoration volunteers is beyond admirable-it is unbelievable.  Please stop by the Museum and enjoy the latest addition to our very special collection.

Centennial of Naval Aviation Exhibit

Curtis A1 Triad

Coming early this month, we will be opening our latest exhibit on the Centennial of Naval Aviation.  While this is actually the second area given over to the subject, the centerpiece of the new exhibit located at the beginning of WWI will be our own Curtiss A-1 Triad, and it will feature a historic timeline detailing significant events, battles, aircraft information, and historic biographies of heroic individuals from the Navy and Marine Corps.

Summer Camps--Filling Fast!

Looking for something for your child to do over the summer? How about spending it at our Aerosummer Camps?

The San Diego Air & Space Museum offers a variety of half-day, week-long summer programs. These classes teach air and space history and science through hands-on activities such as designing and building model airplanes, launching model rockets, and flying simulators.

Our summer camps run Monday-Friday, late June to late August.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum welcomes children with disabilities and other special needs; working with Kids Included Together we ensure that all children have access to our programs. Please contact us so we can make accommodations to allow your child's successful participation.

For more information and to register, please click here: http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org/education/summer_camps.php

Aerosummer 2011 Camp Descriptions

First Flight

Grades: 1-2
Time: July 11-15, 1:00-4:00
Description: Students make a timeline, build and launch paper rockets, and participate in other fun activities that introduce them to aviation and space flight.
Cost: $100 (Members $80)

Up, Up, and Away

Grades: 1-2
Time: August 15-19, 9:00-12:00
Description: Another fun option for our younger students! This program explores flight through making and flying kites, gliders, rockets, and more.
Cost: $100 (Members $80)

Silent Flight

Grades: 3-4
Time: June 27-July 1, 9:00-12:00
Description: Students try out different kite designs, build hot air balloons, and experiment with gliders as they investigate ways of traveling on the wind.
Cost: $100 (Members $80)

Destination Mars

Grades: 3-4
Time: July 25-29, 9:00-12:00
Description: Come explore Mars with us! Learn the history of our fascination with the Red Planet, build a Martian colony and a Martian lander, search for life, and build and launch an aquarocket.
Cost: $100 (Members $80)

Flights of Fancy One-Day

Grades: 4-Adult
Time: July 30, Miramar, 9:00-1:00
Description: This fun one-day camp is now for kids AND adults! Don't just drop off your child - with this camp you get to join the fun. Spend Saturday together flying radio-controlled model aircraft and driving radio-controlled cars with members of the Miramar RC Flyers. Campers of all ages will also build and fly a rubber powered model airplane. Program cost includes tuition for 1 child and 1 adult, and includes lunch - a terrific value!
Cost: $30 (Includes 1 Child & Adult)

Aviation Simulations 2

Grades: 5-12
Time: August 22-26, 9:00-12:00
Description: Finally, computer games used for education! Students will learn the basics of flight, navigation, and instrumentation while testing their skills on computer simulators. Additional simulators will be used throughout the week along with instruction by actual pilots. Great for the future aviator.
Cost: $100 (Members $80)

Extreme Rocketry

Grades: 5-12
Time: August 8-12, 9:00-12:00
Description: An exciting advanced rocketry project for students who are familiar with rocketry or have experience in model building. Students construct individual rockets and work in teams to build a multi-stage rocket.
Cost: $100 (Members $80)
Notes: Rocket launches subject to FAA approval.

Time Pilots

Grades: 5-12
Time: August 1-5, 9:00-12:00
Description: Learn the history of aviation from da Vinci to space flight using our simulators! Students will engage in daily hands-on activities and end each day flying historical planes on our simulators. This is a great camp for the future pilot and a great way to learn history in a fun way.
Cost: $100 (Members $80)

Did You Know We Collaborate With Other Museum's Summer Camps?

Combine two half-day programs to make a complete full day of summer fun in Balboa Park. To view collaborative options click here (PDF).

Become a camp teacher's assistant

The Museum is looking for students ages 14 and older who would be interested in volunteering as an Aerosummer Camp TA this summer. If you like to work with kids and help them with fun hands-on activities, becoming a TA could be right for you.
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Library & Archives Updates

SDASM Preserves Unique Research Collection For Future Generations

The Museum's Library & Archives houses one of the most significant collections of aviation related research material in the world, and is recognized as the third largest collection of its kind in the United States. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Museum’s archival and special collections include significant San Diego based company collections, such as that of Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, Ryan Aeronautical Company, and Pacific Southwest Airlines; collections of aircraft builders and designers, including Ed Heinemann, George Hallett, and the Thomas Brothers; and those of famous aviators, such as Jacqueline Cochran, Helen Richey, Charles Lindbergh, Richard E. Byrd, and Bernt Balchen. These one-of-a-kind collections include important correspondence, photos, documents, film, newspaper articles and books.

As the collection has continued to grow dramatically, precious archived records must now be stored in five remote rooms within the main Museum site, and at two off-site locations, all with limited environmental controls. Because of this collection expansion, the Museum has developed a space-saving plan for all of its collection storage areas, and is installing customized and mechanically operated shelving in its Film Archives, a project funded by Las Patronas and the Parker Foundation, two local philanthropic organizations.

Preservation of these important collections is a monumental, ongoing challenge, and, as this precious resource expands, so does the need for facilities needed for proper preservation, both for current researchers and those of future generations. This ongoing preservation challenge is significantly compounded in that the Ford Building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This designation requires that special approvals be solicited before significant modifications can be initiated, such as the installation of a much needed heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC).

After developing a comprehensive plan based on the recommendations from preservation, engineering, and facilities management consultants, the museum has begun installation of a HVAC system in six of its collection storage areas. In 2010, with the generous support of the Ryan Family Charitable Foundation, and a large number of individual contributions, the Museum successfully raised $90,000 to complete the HVAC project, which is expected to be completed by June 2011. This system will maintain the temperature and humidity level which is best suited for long term survival of this priceless resource. This system will not only protect archival materials, but curatorial collection storage rooms which house other important artifacts.

The Museum is embarking on a fundraising campaign to fund additional renovation projects to improve all of the Museum’s collection storage areas. Upgrading these areas will not only improve the physical spaces, but it will also allow for better organization and retrieval of the Library and Archives’ valuable materials, particularly as it continues to catalog and digitize many of its important collections. This effort is expected to improve our space utilization efficiency by over 200 per cent. The L&A’s continuing digitization projects, along with its online catalog, are providing the public with access to more and more of its important assets.

Digitization Update

The digitization of the photos, films and videos in the Library and Archives continues at an incredible pace!  Over 115,000 images have been digitized and have been placed on the Library and Archives page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/. Thus far, these images have received well over 2 million views.  In addition, the Museum has been asked to contribute to the Flickr Commons http://www.flickr.com/commons/institutions/, where such prestigious institutions as the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian highlight their collections.  By having our images included in the commons, we expect that our images will receive even more views and comments.  In addition, with the aid of generous Library patrons, the Museum recently purchased a machine which can digitize our vast collection of 16mm film.  We have started to digitize these rare films, and are placing them on our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/sdasmarchives. In a few short months, we expect to have several hundred films and videos posted on this youtube site.


Mother's Day Gift Idea

Looking for a fun, unique gift for Mom on Mother's Day? Get her one of the Museum's cookbooks!

Just Plane Delicious

by San Diego Air & Space Museum

Enjoy first class fare from the San Diego Air & Space Museum while supporting the Museum's world class Library & Archives. Soar to new heights with hundreds of delectably delicious dishes contributed by the Museum's staff, volunteers, and friends.

From the pioneering days of Glenn Curtis and naval aviation at North Island, the building of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of Saint Louis by Ryan Airways, the journey to space with Convair's Atlas rocket, to the present-day Predator and Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles, San Diego has become known as the "Air Capital of the West."

The San Diego Air & Space Museum has been the keeper of this rich heritage for nearly 50 years. Through preservation of significant artifacts, presentation of dynamic exhibits, and extensive resources of its Library & Archives, the Museum commemorates the men and women who forged aerospace history. This cookbook will help us continue those daring and important achievements. Click here to download a printable order form

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Swap Meet & Wings Over Gillespie

Model Expo, Collectable Show & Swap Meet

Plastic Kits, Wood Kits, Diecast, Toys, Art, Publications, Flight Gear and Memorabilia - No RC or Trains

When: Saturday, June 4, 2011. 8:00am to 1:00pm.

Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum - Gillespie Field
335 Kenney St, El Cajon, CA

Directions: From San Diego, take Interstate 8 east to State Route 67. Take 67 to the Prospect exit and head for the Atlas missile on your left

SELLERS: $35.00 per table. Set up time 7 am to 8 am.

BUYERS: $3.00 per person. Early admission - $10.00. Gate opens at 8am.

Contact Tony Beres at 619-234-8291, ext. 151, for details. E-mail: tberes@sdasm.org.

Click here to download the registration form.

Wings Over Gillespie

The Museum is partnering with the Wings Over Gillespie airshow to offer our members discounted admission tickets when purchased on their website: http://www.ticketderby.com/event/wings-over-gillespie-sdasm-members-id-5216

The airshow takes place on June 4th and 5th and, on the Saturday date, is being held concurrently with the model airplane swap meet at the Museum’s Gillespie Field annex.

Wish Kid Ray

The Make-A-Wish Foundation, the nation’s largest wish-granting organization, contacted the Museum about a little boy named Ray whose wish was to visit SDASM. We were very happy and honored to make his wish come true.

Following his “Make a Wish” lunch of pizza and tacos, Ray and his family were escorted to the basement for his requested tour of the Museum’s aircraft restoration areas. There, with the help of several volunteers, he was introduced to the arts of riveting and component assembly as they are being employed in the ongoing restoration of our Chance Vought Corsair F4U-7 airplane. The young man enthusiastically embraced all he saw and heard in the basement and was especially thrilled when told his efforts would earn him name recognition as one of those who assisted in the restoration. Ray’s family could not have been more gracious or more grateful for the museum’s participation in the Make-A-Wish process. It was a genuine feel-good day enjoyed by all.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions since 1980. From their humble beginnings with one boy’s wish to be a police officer, they've evolved into an organization that grants a child’s wish in the U.S. every 40 minutes.

For more information, please visit: http://www.wish.org/

Sally Ride Science Festival at UCSD

Southern California teachers and parents should expect a surge of science enthusiasm this spring when the Sally Ride Science Festival makes its way to the University of California, San Diego on Saturday, May 14, 2011. SDASM will be both presenting and exhibiting at this event.

Presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, the festival for 5th to 8th grade girls features hands-on workshops, guest speakers, and a street fair complete with food, booths and music.  A highlight of the day will be the keynote presentation by former NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence.

“Northrop Grumman Foundation is proud to continue its partnership with Sally Ride Science and enthusiastically joins in the efforts to engage girls to explore exciting and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

Since 2001, Sally Ride Science Festivals have given middle school girls the opportunity to explore a variety of science fields and meet inspiring scientists such as Sally Ride, Laurie Leshin, and Ellen Ochoa.

“We know that girls are encouraged to pursue science when they are free to investigate and discover through hands-on activities that are meaningful and relevant to their lives. These festivals allow girls to explore their innate curiosity while giving parents and teachers tips on how to further support that interest. It’s also just a really fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon!” said Dr. Sally Ride, CEO of Sally Ride Science.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. and, with the exception of workshops, will be held completely outdoors. The event is open to the public and advanced registration is required.

For advance ticket reservation and more information, including directions, please go to www.sallyridescience.com or call 1-800-561-5161.