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The exhibit gallery.

Grumman HU-16 Albatross.

Bell 47D helicopter.

747-100 cockpit.

Wright Model B exhibit and simulator.

Blue Angels A4 cockpit.

Aero L39 trainer jet.

Sky Portal featuring Google Earth.

Storm Making and Weather exhibit.

1903 Wright Flyer replica.

Eleven featured aviation careers.

Invention Lab.

Flight Sim Zone.


Where Inspiration Takes Flight!

See a soon-to-be-completed replica of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis on display in the museum's Restoration Shop. Click here for more information.

Dedicated to the dreams of flight, and the adventurousness and innovations of aviation pioneers, the museum chronicles over a century of aviation history and provides a glimpse into air transportation's future.

Vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays and models are on display.

Aircraft and exhibits showcase aviation history as far back as 1869. Interactive displays include a real Boeing 747-100 nose section and cockpit, several flight simulators, an air traffic control simulation, a new Invention Lab and many others.

Watch San Carlos Airport live operations from our Observation Nook and monitor real-time radio communications between air traffic controller and pilots.

The "Working World of Aviation" explores the endeavor of flight in the real world, as it unfolds on a daily basis. Here you can investigate the medium where aviation takes place, the Earthís atmosphere, in the Weather Gallery which includes a hands-on Storm Making exhibit. The Sky Portal uses the power of Google Earth at your fingertips to discover the aviation perspective from above 30,000 feet anywhere in the world. The many careers available within aviation are featured and the hands-on experience of flight from the pilotís seat is possible with the Redbird FMX Flight Simulator.

In addition to the museum's aircraft and displays, you can explore the museum's gift shop stocked with unique aviation memorabilia, gifts, models, clothing, books, DVD's much more. Also, the museum maintains a Restoration Shop, with its large picture windows and access gallery, allowing you to witness the behind-the-scenes aircraft restoration process.

The Flight Sim Zone on the Museum's Mezzanine provides an opportunity to take flight in one of a variety of aircraft using desktop flight simulation, realistic aircraft controls and multi-monitor displays (open weekends from 11 am - 2 pm).

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The following aircraft, cockpits, test articles and trainers are currently on exhibit:
Frederick Marriott 1869 Avitor (Replica)
John J. Montgomery 1883 Glider (Replica)
Wright Brothers 1903 Wright Flyer (Replica)
John J. Montgomery 1905 Glider (Santa Clara, Replica)
Irvin 1908 Aerocycloid (Replica)
Maupin / Lanteri 1910 Black Diamond (Curtis type aircraft)
Thaddeus Kerns 1910 Glider (memorial sculpture)
Curtis 1911 Eugene Ely's Curtis Pusher, 1st to land on a ship (Replica)
John J. Montgomery 1911 Glider (Evergreen)
Lincoln Beachy 1914 Little Looper, Gnome 80 HP
Thaden 1928 T-1 Argonaut
Monocoupe 1928 70, Velie powered
Travelair 1928 D4D (Louise Thaden & Suzanne Asbury Oliver)
Pietenpol 1929 1960 Built aircraft Ford Model-A powered (Air Camper)
Buhl 1931 Autogiro
EAA Design 1932 Penguin
Fairchild 1935 24-C8C, Warner-Scarab powered
Stearman-Hammond 1935 Y-1-S, Menasco powered Pusher
Link 1942 Trainer Model AN-T-18
Stanley Hiller Jr. 1944 XH-44 Hiller-copter (Co-axial rotor system, Replica)
United Helicopters 1946 UH4 Commuter (Hiller)
Curtiss Wright 1946 P-2 Flight Simulator
Hiller Aircraft 1947 J-10, First NOTAR helicopter built in America
Bell Helicopter 1947 47D
Hiller Aircraft 1949 360, First stable helicopter
Hiller Aircraft 1950 H-23-B, Army helicopter
Hiller Aircraft 1952 YH-32-A, First helicopter gunship (named the Sally Rand)
Hiller Aircraft 1955 ONR, (Hiller Flying Platform)
Nelson 1955 Humingbird (powered glider)
On loan from the National Soaring Museum.
Grumman 1955 HU16-RD "Albatross" amphibian. Circumnavigated the world.
Hiller Aircraft 1956 XROE-1, Rotorcycle (Single man helicopter)
Hiller Aircraft 1957 VXT-8, (Coleopter, futuristic ring-wing design)
Del Mar 1966 DHT-2 "WhirleyMite" trainer
Del Mar 1968 DH-20 twin rotor.
Boeing Aircraft 1969 737-200 cockpit
Lockheed Aircraft 1969 YO-3A, (Quiet Star, Serial #01)
RotorWay Aircraft 1970 Scorpion 1, helicopter
Boeing Aircraft 1971 747-100 cockpit and first class section
Cessna 1973 177 Cardinal
Douglas 1974 A-4M Skyhawk Cockpit
Hollmann 1974 HA-2M Sportster Gyroplane
Rutan 1978 Defiant Model 74
NASA/Ames 1979 AD-1 Oblique Wing
Quicksilver 1982 MX Ultralight on floats
Bede 1982 BD-5T
Aero Vodochody 1983 L-39C Albatross
ParaPlane Corp. 1983 PM-1 Powered Parachute
NASA/Stanford 1985 Flying Model - (Oblique wing)
Pitts 1985 S1-C
Boeing Aircraft 1988 Condor, (Super secret robotic spy-plane)
Stanford 1989 Swift hang glider
Arnold 1992 AR-5 Sport Monoplane

Rutan Defiant



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