Artifact Collection

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.

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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.

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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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Captain Carranza’s Altimeter

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is excited to receive the donation of an altimeter from the aircraft flown by Emilio Carranza on his 1928 Goodwill flight from Mexico City to Washington D.C.  Known as the "Mexican Lindbergh,” Captain Carranza is arguably the most significant Mexican aviator.

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Doolittle “Mark Twain” Bombsight

To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the famous Doolittle Raid, we are spotlighting an artifact that has a unique story that tells much about the state of the Second World War when the raid on Tokyo occurred.

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