Speed: Science in Motion

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is bringing "Speed" to San Diego with a focus on competition, record setting and racing throughout 2018, with all of the Museum’s planes, jets, cars, space vehicles, motorcycles, and more – including some of the fastest vehicles known to mankind -- having their top speeds posted next to them for everyone to enjoy.

Steve McQueen's Car from Bullitt at the Museum for a limited time!

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The heart of the Museum’s year-long celebration of speed is a new special exhibition, SPEED: Science in Motion. Designed and Produced by Scitech and Produced by Imagine Exhibitions, SPEED: Science in Motion is a fun, interactive exploration of the technology behind everything fast.

“This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the most iconic vehicles all in the same place for the first time ever,” said Jim Kidrick, President and CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. “Throughout the entire year, SPEED: Science in Motion offers an exciting lineup of the fastest planes, jets, rockets, cars, motorcycles, boats, bicycles in the world.”

Coming in November! The original famous BULLITT 1968 Fastback Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in the movie of the same name in one of the most iconic car chases in cinematic history.

Also currently on display, the land speed record--setting ultimate paced bicycle ridded by Denise Mueller-Korenek and her lead-out dragster, with a world record of 183.9 miles per hour.

Currently on display are some truly unique vehicles, including the American Eagle world speed record setter at 353 miles per hour, and a Mark 78A Race Motor from Mercury Marine Kiekhaefer.

Another one-of-a kind vehicle in SPEED is the Rose RP4 Air Racer Project, which was designed to fly at the Reno Air Races at speeds in excess of 600 miles per hour. Hanging above the Rose RP4 are two of the Museum’s own Formula One Air Racers which competed at the Reno Air Races.

Rounding out the vehicles currently on display in the special exhibition are a Model T Hot Rod and the B-29 Hot Rod.

The special exhibition SPEED: Science in Motion is an adventure for all ages, testing minds and bodies in a unique and engaging environment.

Compete in the F355 Challenge in a Ferrari, race side-by-side with your friends on a MotoGP motorcycle, or set a personal speed record in a Scitech pedal car.

Through simple explanations of complex ideas and demonstrations of how the laws of physics and complex mechanics combine with human reaction and response, the mysteries of these peak performance endeavors are revealed in a relatable and practical way.

SPEED also features exciting and informative exhibits complimented by in-depth support resources for children, parents and teachers alike.

SPEED: Science in Motion runs through 2018. The exhibition is open every day from 10:00 a. m. to 5:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tickets are available at the door.

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