Museum Overview

Preserve, Inspire, Educate, Celebrate!

Preserve significant artifacts of air and space history and technology.

Inspire excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Educate the public about the historical and social significance of air and space technology and engage its promise for the future.

Celebrate aviation and space flight history and technology.

Aviation history is truly a remarkable story, and it all unfolds at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Your journey through the history of flight begins as you stand beneath a model of the Montgolfier brothers’ hot air balloon of 1783 - the first manned vehicle in recorded history to break the bonds of gravity and lift humans above the Earth.

Rare specimens of aircraft suggest the excitement of air combat in the World War I Gallery. Marvel at the entertaining and dangerous antics of the barnstormers of the 1920s in the Golden Age of Flight Gallery.

Mint condition aircraft in a mint condition museum - a Spitfire Mk. XVI, a Navy F6F Hellcat and an A-4 Skyhawk jet - these beautifully restored airplanes help you appreciate the increasingly complex technology represented in the classic military aircraft of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The Museum’s display of space age technology, like the desire to journey to the stars, may never be finished, for it represents an adventure which the human race has truly just begun.

Other Museum Sites

Gillespie Field Annex

From a small one-hangar beginning, the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s annex at Gillespie Field has grown to become an integral part of the Museum’s aircraft restoration and replica reproduction program. Staffed mainly by volunteers, the Facility has produced some of SDASM’s finest work.

Of local significance, a Convair F-102A Delta Dagger recently completed restoration at the Annex. This aircraft was built in San Diego at Convair’s Lindbergh Field plant in the mid-1950s.

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Low Speed Wind Tunnel

The San Diego Air & Space Museum has entered a new age, expanding its horizons into the field of research and technology! In March 2006, the Museum acquired the former General Dynamics Low Speed Wind Tunnel (LSWT) at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field. The facility is now know as the San Diego Air & Space Technology Center Wind Tunnel, creating another first in the Museum’s unique history.

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The San Diego Air & Space Museum strives to ensure that a diversity of cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, political and religious beliefs, physical and learning differences, sexual orientations and identities thrives through its events, collections and exhibits. The Museum is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment that celebrates San Diego’s diverse community and furthers IDEA initiatives. Advancing the Museum’s commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion is a key component of SDASM’s long-range vision to ensure that diversity of thought, experience and approach is represented in our Board of Directors and staff and that members of the San Diego community have access to the opportunities and the support of the resources of the Museum.

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