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Easter Bunny Arrives by Helicopter! POSTPONED – Date TBA
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Saturday April 11, 2020
10 AM-1 PM

Event Postponed – New Date To Be Announced

The following activities are from 10 am – 1 pm:

  • Enjoy face painting.
  • Have fun on the jump and slide!
  • To top it off, a number of Model Train displays will also be open for everyone to enjoy.

Come see the Easter Bunny fly!  Rain or shine!

Join the Easter Eggstravaganza from 10 am – 1 pm.   The Bunny arrives by personal helicopter at 11 am.

Get an Easter Egg straight from the Bunny and enjoy face painting, a bounce house and slide, and a model train display.

Advanced tickets available on Eventbrite

Members Free, no advanced tickets necessary.

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The X-15 Rocket Plane – CANCELLED @ Hiller Aviation Museum
Apr 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The X-15 Rocket Plane - CANCELLED @ Hiller Aviation Museum

The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space

Presentation and Book Signing by Michelle Evans

Saturday, April 18

11 am – 12:00 pm

Event Cancelled

With the Soviet Union’s launch of the first Sputnik satellite in 1957, the Cold War soared to new heights as Americans feared losing the race into space. This presentation tells the enthralling yet little-known story of the hypersonic X-15, the winged rocket ship that met this challenge and opened the way into human controlled spaceflight.

This remarkable research aircraft held the world’s altitude record for 41 years, and still has no equal to match or better its speed of more than 4,500 mph. Beyond the X-15 are the stories of the 12 men who guided it into space, and all the people who kept the rocket plane flying for nearly a decade. This is the story that has never been told of the vehicle that was the true precursor to the Space Shuttle by being the first piloted and winged vehicle to exit Earth’s atmosphere, and make a controlled reentry to a landing on hard-packed dry desert lake beds.

In her research, Ms. Evans interviewed nearly 70 people, including 9 of the 12 pilots, including Neil Armstrong, Scott Crossfield, and Robert White, with family representatives for the remaining pilots. Others she spoke with include managers, flight planners, and the technicians and engineers who made the X-15 ready to fly its next research mission at high altitude and high Mach.

Presentation included with Museum admission.

Flying Gatsby Ball
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Flying Gatsby Ball

Flying Gatsby Ball

The Flying Gatsby Ball, where the 1920s roar again in a fun and unique historical location.

Saturday, April 25th,  6:00 – 10 PM

Relive the spirit of the Roaring Twenties at the Flying Gatsby Ball!  Join us for a roaring good time as the Museum turns into your very own Speakeasy.  Come as a flapper, gangster, or silent movie star.  Dance the night away to sounds from the Jazz Age and learn classic 20’s dances.  Appetizers are included and both classic and contemporary drinks will be available for separate purchase.

  • Dance the night away to the BrassWorks live swing band playing classics from the 20’s and 30’s
  • No-Host bar will pour classic and contemporary drinks
  • Flying Gatsby costume contest so dress up in your Gatsby best as a flapper, gangster, or silent movie star.
  • Appetizers will be included
  • The museum’s historic backdrop provides unique photo ops in front of our antique aircraft and cars including the Fairchild 24 “Honeymoon” airplane
  • All proceeds for this event help fund STEM education programs at the Hiller Aviation Museum
  • PERFECT EVENT FOR A FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEET UP (No planning or clean up, just fun)

Don’t miss the best Gatsby Ball on the SF Peninsula!


6:00 PM Museum opens for the event
6:30 PM – 10 PM Dance to live band, enjoy appetizers and no-host bar
8:00 PM Gatsby costume review and dance contest
10:00 PM Museum closes
Heavy Appetizers
Non-Hosted Full Bar serving classic and contemporary drinks
Live Music
Dance to The Brassworks Band in the museum gallery. They’ll be playing the best of the 20’s and 30’s music for dancing
Costume Contest
Come as a flapper, gangster, or silent movie star.

Get your Tickets Online

Buy your tickets online and avoid the line. 

$45 Non-Member
$35 Museum Members

Must be 21 years old to purchase and consume alcohol.
Advanced ticket purchase recomended on Eventbrite

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? The museum has FREE parking. You are also welcome to park at the hotel next door to the museum or in any of the airport parking lots down Skyway Rd. Better yet – Take Uber or Lyft.
Scout Saturday Event
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Scout Saturday Event

Scout Saturday

Scout Saturday Dates 2019 – 2020

September 14, 2019
November 9, 2019
February 1, 2020
May 2, 2020

No admission charge for Scouts in uniform!


The Hiller Aviation Museum provides complimentary admission to all Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform on Scout Saturday!  Visit the Museum’s collection of over 50 different historic aircraft, discover flight with a range of interactive exhibits, and join the fun with hands-on explorations in the Invention Lab, Drone Plex and Flight Sim Zone (additional fee applies for flight simulation and some Drone Plex activities).  Explore historic airplanes and helicopters and find out more about the special programs offered at the Hiller Aviation Museum for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts throughout the year.

No reservations are necessary, simply arrive in uniform for an exciting day of aviation discovery.  Adult leaders in uniform or with Scout ID are also admitted at no charge.  Standard admission fees apply for parents and siblings (no charge for Museum Members and children ages 0-4).  Don’t miss the chance to join a high-flying adventure in Scouting!


Flight Simulator Rally
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Flight Simulator Rally

Flight Simulator Rally

Sunday, May 3 – Saba Approach

30-minute sessions begin every half hour between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM.  Event concludes at 3:30 PM.

Take up the challenge in the Flight Sim Zone!

The Flight Simulator Rally, held monthly in the Hiller Aviation Museum’s Flight Sim Zone, presents participants with a specific mission in simulated flight.  Each 30-minute session provides ample time for participants to learn a particular flight, then ends with a challenge flight to achieve the best possible results!

The Flight Sim Zone features a full lab of high-fidelity flight simulators, each equipped with realistic flight controls, high speed graphics processors, and dramatic widescreen-format monitors.  Using state of the art flight simulation software, the Flight Sim Zone provides an exceptional recreation of flight suitable for non-flying novices and veteran aviators alike.

Pilots ages 8 and up are welcome to join each month’s Flight Simulator Rally.  The event is included with Museum admission, but space is limited.  Participants must secure a timed ticket from the Admissions counter in the Museum Gift Shop on the day of each program.

Sailplane Challenge

Stay with a tow plane and launch an extended flight in an unnpowered glider.

Manhattan Flyby

Take a scenic flight along the Hudson River and explore the detailed scenery of America’s largest city.

Saba Approach

Take on the challenge of landing on the shortest runway in the Caribbean at the scenic airport on the island of Saba!


Drone Meet
May 10 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Drone Meet

Drone Meet

Event Schedule

Sunday, May 10, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Code & Fly


All competitors must be at least 8 years old to fly at the Drone Meet.

Fly a multi-rotor drone in one of several different skill-specific competitions held in the Hiller Aviation Museum Drone Plex.

Join a Drone Competition!

Fly with the best of the best in a thrilling series of multirotor competitions.  Each Drone Meet event focuses on a different skill in quadcopter flight, and utilizes the Hiller Aviation Museum’s Drone Plex facility.  Drone Meet events include:

  • Preflight briefing
  • Practice with a drone flight simulator
  • Competition using a Museum-provided Drone appropriate for the event

Each Drone Meet features rounds at 1, 2 and 3 PM.  Events are included with Museum admission, but space for each round is limited.  Competitors must register at the Invention Lab (10 AM – 1 PM) or Drone Plex (1 PM – 4 PM) on the day of competition.

Event Descriptions

Precision Landing:  Fly a small multirotor aircraft and land it as close to the target as possible before time expires!

Code & Fly:  Use drag-and-drop programing to code a simple flight routine for a Parrot Mambo drone.  Launch the aircraft and watch it complete its mission autonomously!

Relay Race:  Fly like the air racers of old, completing a circuit around pylons spaced around the Drone Plex.  Fly in teams to complete the race without crashing ahead of the competition!


Water Rocket Rally
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Water Rocket Rally

Upcoming dates:

All Rallies 11 am – 12 pm

Sunday, May 17

Event included with Museum admission. Free for Museum Members.

Advanced tickets available on Eventbrite
(Select the date you would like to attend)

Discover the world of rockets!

Bring along a recycled 1- or 2-liter soda bottle or purchase a new water rocket body in the Museum’s Gift Shop ($1.50/bottle) and join the rocket workshop!  Use a variety of common craft materials to convert a bottle into a high performance rocket vehicle, then test fly it across the Museum’s Courtyard on a fountain of compressed air and water.

Event is included with Museum admission.

Participants must bring a clean, empty soda bottle (water bottles are not suitable for this activity), or may purchase one in the Museum’s Gift Shop on the day of the event.

Kids’ Carnival
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids’ Carnival

Sunday, May 24, 10 AM – 12 PM

Event included with Museum admission. No charge for Museum Members.

Join the excitement with special activities just for kids!  Aircraft checkouts, cockpit exploration, glider and helicopter construction and more are just some of the activities available at each Kids’ Carnival.

Advance tickets available on Eventbrite
(Select the date you would like to attend)

Kids’ Carnival Activities

Indoor Kids’ Carnival
December 2019 – February 2020


  • Vertical Wind Tunnels
  • Paper Helicopters
  • Scorpion Helicopter Checkout
  • Glider Construction
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Rig-a-ma-Jig Construction

Outdoor Kids’ Carnival
March – October 2020


  • Paint-a-Plane Cessna Cardinal
  • Scorpion Helicopter Checkout
  • Glider Construction
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Open Cockpit Aircraft
Flight Sim Club
May 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Flight Sim Club

Flight Sim Club

Sunday, May 24

Flight Sim Club meets 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM in the Museum’s Flight Sim Zone.

Join the Hiller Aviation Museum’s simulator community at the monthly Flight Sim Club!

Intended for adult enthusiasts and families with children ages 10+, the Flight Sim Club is a regular meeting of flight simulation enthusiasts focused on testing new ideas and learning new techniques.  Simulators running the latest versions of X-Plane 11 and Prepar3D will be make available, and special projects using modern flight simulator hardware will be discussed.

No registration fee or advanced reservations are needed, but club participants must purchase Hiller Aviation Museum admission on the day of each meeting to participate (no charge for Hiller Aviation Museum Members).


Biggest Little Airshow
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Biggest Little Air Show

Saturday, June 13, 2020
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This year’s show will match a thrilling aerobatic performance by International Japanese aerobatic competition and airshow pilot Yuichi Takagi in his Pitts S2C airplane along with demonstrations of exceptional radio controlled models.

Beautifully detailed radio control model aircraft will be on display at the Museum from 10 AM to 1 PM, with air show flight demonstrations from 10:30 AM to 12 PM.

San Carlos Airport will close to regular traffic from 10:30 am to noon to allow realistic jet- and propeller-powered model aircraft to roll down the runway and into the sky to take their part in a unique aerial extravaganza including aerobatic helicopters, drones, quadrotors and more!!


    • Japanses International Competition pilot Yuichi Takagi in his Pitts S2S airplane
    • The RC Flyers model aircraft demonstrations
      • Aerobatic gyroscopic routines
      • 3D aerobatic helicopters
      • DRONES
      • Quads
      • Model Rockets
      • Jets and other RC aircraft

Get your Tickets Online

Buy your tickets online and avoid the line. 

$18 Adults (18-64)
$11 Youth (5-17)
$11 Senior (65+)
Free (Children 4 and under)

Museum members do not need advanced tickets. Show Museum ID card when entering the event.
Advanced ticket purchase recomended on Eventbrite

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? The museum has FREE parking. You are also welcome to park at the hotel next door to the museum or in any of the airport parking lots down Skyway Rd. Better yet – Take Uber or Lyft.

Flight Demonstration Schedule*

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

  • Opening ceremony
  • WWII Warbirds
  • “Things That Shouldn’t Fly”
  • 3D Aerobatics
  • Stealth Flight – Star Trek
  • Drone Race & Freestyle Demo
  • IMAC 3D Aerobatic
  • EDF Electric Jets
  • 3D Helicopters
  • Giant Sailplanes
  • Turbine Pilatus
  • F-18 Turbine Jet
  • Havic XXL Jet
  • Model Rocket Launch
  • Combat Demo
  • Pitts S2S Yuichi Takagi 
  • Pilot Yuichi Takagi meet and greet after performance

12:00 – 1:00 pm

  • Nano and Mini Drones in the Atrium Room Cage
  • Museum Drone Demo’s in the Drone Plex in the Main Gallery

*Schedule subject to change without notice

It’s OK to bring a small, portable folding chair for your viewing comfort!

This is a video from a previous year’s event. This year’s Biggest Little Airshow is Saturday, June 13, 2020

Yuichi Takagi and his Pitts S2C

Like most children, Yuichi dreamed of flying in the freedom of the sky. Born and raised in Japan, he moved to the U.S. in search of a new challenge and dream of being an aviator. Yuichi made his first flight in 1992 and has accumulated more than 7,000 hours as a flight instructor, cargo pilot and traffic watch pilot. He is also Unlimited aerobatic competitor flying a Pitts Special in United States.

Yuichi is a Certified Aircraft Mechanic (A&P), aerobatic competition judge for the Federation Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and International Aerobatic Club (IAC), as well as chief judge / instructor for the Japanese Aerobatic Club. With more than 15 years of competition aerobatic flying experience, Yuichi’s precise flying and dynamic style make his classic Pitts S-2S dance across the sky.

Pitts S2S

Yuichi’s Pitts Special has oversized control surfaces and a tuned 330 HP engine which make this classic plane perform in a different dimension from other planes. With its iconic, traditional red and white paint, classic rounded wing tips and beautiful lines in the air and on the ground; the Pitts Special is a favorite among air show fans.