Resident’s Free Day for December, held typically on a Tuesday, occurs during December Nights free entry, on the 1st and 2nd, (Fri/Sat).
Videos from the SDASM Speaker series, a video presentation by Museum experts discussing their favorite artifacts or historical events.
Museum expert Docent Paul Trevisan, describes how the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) and the US Army Air Force (USAAF) partnered in their fight against the Japanese invasion of China during 1942 to 1945. Historically known as “Flying the Hump,” the air crews airlifted critically needed supplies to Chinese, British and US forces in China as pictured on the AVG mural in the museum. Paul additionally describes his family’s personal involvement with the CNAC.
he Air & Space Museum’s Special Guest Speaker, Cam Martin, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the rocket-powered Bell X-1, Glamorous Glennis. Best known for making the first supersonic flight in level flight 76 years ago on October 14, 1947, piloted by Capt. Chuck Yeager. Cam’s presentation covers the origins of the Bell X-1 program and concludes with some popular and enduring myths associated with this iconic machine.
The Air & Space Museum’s Special Guest Speaker, Scott McGaugh, discusses the little-known WWII contributions of un-heralded heroes who, without motors or parachutes, took off on one-way flying missions where there were no second chances... the Glider Pilots. In aircraft not much sturdier than kites, the Glider Pilots supplied combat soldiers, equipment, and supplies behind enemy lines during combat operations in Sicily, Normandy, Southern France, Holland’s Market Garden, Bastogne’s Repulse, and Operation Varsity. Interlaced with details of Glider construction, flight hazards, and landing zone challenges, Scott describes the people who made it all happen.
Volunteering for Our Allies Part 1 Museum expert Docents Chuck Dorigan and Ron Carrico talk about the American flyers who volunteered for our Allies in their fight for freedom during World War I and World War II. Chuck describes the famous Lafayette Escadrille in great detail and Ron puts you into the action of the equally famous American Volunteer Group (AVG,) commonly known as the Flying Tigers.
Video from the SDASM Speaker series, a presentation by Museum experts discussing their favorite artifacts or historical events. Retired Engineer, Scientist, and SDASM docent Maud Rao talks about aviation pioneers who contributed their dreams, ideas, work, and enthusiasm but did not finish first and have been mostly forgotten by history. Trailblazers such as Jacque Charles, Arthur Latham, and the La Societe Antoinetteo challenged the first hot air balloon and first to cross the English Channel, only to come in second. Then there were the nine aviators competing with Charles Lindbergh for the Orteig Prize.
Video from the SDASM Speaker series, a presentation by Museum experts discussing their favorite artifacts or historical events. Here, Dr. Neil Farber, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador and SDASM Docent, shares current developments of humankind’s primary question; Are We Alone in the Universe? While no direct evidence of life elsewhere exists, finding liquid water, essential chemical ingredients, and the necessary energy for metabolism will probably result in finding living organisms somewhere in the Universe.
Video from the SDASM Speaker series, a presentation by Museum experts discussing their favorite artifacts or historical events. Dr. Neil Farber, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, and SDASM Docent shares his knowledge of humankind’s fascination with and quest to understand the red planet; Mars. Initially, Mariner spacecraft flybys and the Mars Global Surveyor and Reconnaissance Orbiters provided planetary overviews. Then, Viking, Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, and Perseverance landers/rovers transformed the myth of Mars into the Magic of today’s Martian knowledge base.
Perkin-Elmer Corporation Optics Engineer Phil Pressel discusses the Hexagon KH-9 satellite. Mr. Pressel designed the camera used in this Cold War project. In the second part of this episode, SDASM docent Chuck Dorigan talks about his experiences with the Star Catcher Squadron, and mid-air recovery of film from spy satellites.
Ron Carrico and Rick Deutsch discuss the history of surveillance satellites, including the Aurora, Gambit and Hexagon programs
SDASM Digital Archivist Alan Renga, talks about the History of Aviation in San Diego, from John Montgomery to the present day. Topics also include, Women in Aviation, Consolidated Aircraft, Ryan Aircraft, Pacific Southwest Airlines and the Atlas Missile.
Gordon Permann, a long time San Diego resident and SDASM volunteer discusses the history of Airships in the area. Topics include Toliver's Folly, North Island Navy Airship B-3, ZRS-1 USS Shenandoah and the USS Los Angeles.
Retired NASA employee and SDASM docent Mike Benik discusses launch vehicles. He covers the history launch vehicles, including Explorer 1, Vanguard 1, the Pioneer Program and GPS satellites. Launch vehicles discussed include the Atlas, Atlas Agena, Titan II, Delta II, among others. He also discusses the Shuttle/Centaur program.
SDASM Aircraft Restoration Volunteer Bob Bernier discusses the USS Langley, the United State's first Aircraft Carrier.
SDASM docent Neil Farber discusses the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.
Retired Army Master Aviator and SDASM docent Dudley Oatman shares his knowledge of the Museum's Bell AH-1 Cobra and Army Aviation. Mr. Oatman spent two tours of duty in Vietnam flying the Cobra, so he is an expert on the subject, and this presentation includes very personal stories on the Cobra.