By: Katrina Pescador, Alan Renga & Pamela Gay
Now formally known as San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field was named in honor of Charles Lindbergh and has been a center of aeronautic activity since its dedication in 1928. Many famous personalities and events have been associated with the airstrip, which quickly grew to include a Coast Guard Air Station, three airlines, two flying schools, and Ryan Aeronautical. In 1935, Consolidated Aircraft relocated to Lindbergh Field, transforming it into an aviation manufacturing center. Situated just three miles north of downtown San Diego, Lindbergh Field serves more than 50,000 travelers a day, making San Diego International Airport the busiest single-runway commercial airport today in the United States. The San Diego Air & Space Museum preserved this history, featuring unique photographs from its archives—one of the largest aviation photographic collections in the world. Authored by museum staff members Katrina Pescador, Alan Renga, and Pamela Gay, this publication features many photographs from that collection, some which have never before been published, including rare images taken during construction.
By: San Diego Air & Space Museum
The Museum is thrilled to announce a new publication: Celebrating San Diego Air & Space Museum. This illustrated guidebook shares not just the history of the institution, but brings to life the stories of its remarkable, one-of-a-kind collections. Organized into six major sections – Dawn of Flight, World War I, Golden Era, World War II, Jet Age, and Space Exploration – each section spotlights the Museum’s collections and their significance, using unique images from the archives to help tell their stories, as well as exploring important San Diego area contributions to the history of aerospace. From Da Vinci’s flying machines to the Apollo 9 Command Module, Celebrating is a guide, a colorful and informative reminder for those who visit the museum, and documentation for those who could not visit.