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Celebrating Women’s History Month: Louise Thaden

Louise McPhetridge Thaden, a famous American female pilot of the golden age of aviation, was one of the first women to win major flying events and awards, and set world performance records. She took her first flight in 1919; a $5 ride with a barnstormer.


Celebrating Women’s History Month: Jackie Cochran

Orphaned at an early age, the exact date of “Jackie” Cochran's birth is unknown. However, we do know that her most distinguished aviation career began in 1932 when she obtained her pilot's license after only three weeks of instruction. From this point on, she dedicated her life to aviation.


Celebrating Women’s History Month: Dr. Sally Ride

Sally Ride attended Stanford University where she received a doctorate degree in Physics in 1978. One of over 8,000 people to answer an advertisement in a newspaper seeking applicants for the space program, Ride joined NASA in 1978.


Women’s History Month - Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman was the first African-American woman to earn a pilot’s license. She was born on January 26, 1892 in Atlanta, Texas, growing up in Waxahachie, one of thirteen children born to sharecroppers. At 18, she enrolled in the Colored Agricultural and Normal University in Oklahoma, but left after one term to return home, where she picked cotton and worked as a laundress.


SDASM’s BEAM Accessibility Program

SDASM now offers tours to persons who are otherwise unable to visit our museum in Balboa Park. This is done by the use of a computer controlled televising robot operated by anyone with a computer and internet access.


Celebrating Women’s History Month - Amelia Earhart

As a nurse’s aide in Toronto in 1918, Amelia Earhart became fascinated by flight while watching aerial exhibitions. She earned her wings in Los Angeles in 1925, and in 1928 was asked to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger, the first woman to do so.


Celebrating Women’s History Month - The 99s

Noted for their achievements in aviation, inspiration to women pilots, and dedication to education and preservation of women's aviation history, the Ninety-Nines organization was created in 1929.


Spitfire engineer visits San Diego Air & Space Museum

The San Diego Air & Space Museum received a special visitor on March 9, 2016 when 95-year-old Lawrence Warden of Clairemont toured the Museum. Of particular interest to Mr. Warden was the Museum’s Supermarine SpitfireMk.XVI, a plan he helped modify during World War II.


Celebrating Women’s History Month

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is proudly celebrate Women’s History Month throughout March. We’ll be posting a series of articles and biographies on our social media outlets talking about the important role women have played throughout the history of aviation and space exploration.


SDASM Acquires Major Aviation Collection

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.


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