Artifact Collection

Mysterious Item Linked to Neil Armstrong

Curators at San Diego Air & Space Museum discover a mysterious object linked to the legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong


Fokker Glass Plate Negatives

Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker (1890 – 1939) was a Dutch aircraft designer known for producing some of the fastest and most stable aircraft in the world. Many of Germany’s World War I aces flew in his aircraft. He remained a prolific designer in the postwar years in Europe and the United States. Fokker was inducted into the International Aerospace Hall of Fame in 1970. Two glass negatives depicting Fokker were donated to SDASM from the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society) in 2021.


Blanche Stuart Scott Images

Blanche Stuart Scott, also known as Betty Scott, may have been the first female aviator in the United States. The San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives houses many rare photos of Blanche.


Dole Air Race Artifacts

On August 8, 1927, 15 aircraft drew starting positions for the Dole Air Race from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. By August 19, five aircraft were no longer competing, five crashed, three disappeared, and ten participants were dead. This is the story of the Dole Air Race. The San Diego Air and Space Museum has in in collection artifacts from this fateful race, a few of which are highlighted here.


Gilbert Betancourt’s “Aer Nostrum” Airship Model, 1929

In one of our collection rooms we discovered a hidden artifact that tells the tale of a time when dreams were suddenly and unexpectedly destroyed by the Great Depression.


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