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Jan
19
Sun
2020
Starlab – Free Event
Jan 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Starlab - Free Event

Starlab Planetarium

Special 30-Minute Star Shows
For Adults and Children Ages 5 and Up

Ages 3-5 welcome at 10:30 AM

Upcoming Dates

Sunday, December 15
10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Sunday, January 19
10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Sunday, February 16
10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Each show runs 30 minutes.

 

Explore the Stars and Planets

Enter the amazing dome of a Starlab planetarium and see the glittering stars of the night sky projected overhead. Discover the brightest constellations visible each night and the stars used by pilots, sailors and others to navigate across vast and featureless oceans.

Age Restrictions

Children ages 5 and up are welcome with an accompanying adult at any presentation time. Children ages 3-5 may attend the first scheduled presentation each day, with one accompanying adult required for each child. Children age 2 and under are not recommended. Participants must craw through a short tunnel with reduced lighting to access the inside of the Starlab dome and remain seated throughout the 30-minute presentation.

Starlab Ticketing

Starlab is included with Museum admission.  Space for each presentation is limited, and a separate Starlab ticket is required for each participant in addition to Museum admission. Tickets are available at the Admissions counter in the Gift Shop on the day of each program.

 

Jan
25
Sat
2020
MacArthur’s Air Force @ Hiller Aviation Museum
Jan 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
MacArthur's Air Force @ Hiller Aviation Museum

MacArthur’s Air Force

Presentation and Book Signing by Bill Yenne 

Saturday, January 25

11 am – 12:00 pm

General Douglas MacArthur is one of the towering figures of World War II, and indeed of the twentieth century, but his leadership of the second largest air force in the USAAF is often overlooked. When World War II ended, the three numbered air forces (the Fifth, Thirteenth and Seventh) under his command possessed 4,004 combat aircraft, 433 reconnaissance aircraft, and 922 transports. After being humbled by the Japanese in the Philippines in 1942, MacArthur and his air chief General George Kenney rebuilt the US aerial presence in the Pacific, helping Allied naval and ground forces to push back the Japanese Air Force, re-take the Philippines, and carry the war north towards the Home Islands. Following the end of World War II MacArthur was the highest military and political authority in Japan, and at the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950 he was named as Commander in Chief, United Nations Command. In the ten months of his command his Far East Air Forces increased dramatically and saw the first aerial combat between jet fighters.

Written by award-winning aviation historian Bill Yenne, this engrossing book traces the journey of American air forces in the Pacific under General MacArthur’s command, from their lowly beginnings to their eventual triumph over Imperial Japan, followed by their entry into the jet age in the skies over Korea.

Jan
26
Sun
2020
Kids’ Carnival
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids’ Carnival

Sunday, November 24, 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, December 29, 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, January 26, 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, February 23, 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
November 2019

 

  • Paint-a-Plane Cessna Cardinal
  • Scorpion Helicopter Checkout
  • Glider Construction
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Open Cockpit Aircraft

Sunday, January 26

Up to the Moon

12:00 PM

Special children’s book reading event and book signing featuring astronaut Dan Bursch and children’s author Sharon Yencharis

 

 

Sponsored by

Flight Sim Club
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Flight Sim Club

Flight Sim Club

Sunday, January 26
Sunday, February 23

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).

 

Feb
1
Sat
2020
Scout Saturday Event
Feb 1 @ 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!

 

Feb
2
Sun
2020
Flight Simulator Rally
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Flight Simulator Rally

Flight Simulator Rally

Sunday, November 17 – Formation Flying
Sunday, December 1 – Las Vegas Night Flight
Sunday, January 5 – Miracle on the Hudson
Sunday, February 2 – Boeing Factory Tour

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.

Las Vegas Lights

Take a slow flight over the famed Las Vegas Strip at dusk and enjoy a spectacular show of lights.

Boeing Factory Flyby

Depart Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for a scenic flight over historic Boeing Field and on to Everett, Washington, birthplace of widebodied Boeing airliners.

Formation Flying

Take on the challenge of slow flight while matching airspeed with an airborne blimp!

 

Feb
9
Sun
2020
Drone Meet
Feb 9 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Drone Meet

Drone Meet

Event Schedule

Sunday, December 22, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Precision Landing

Sunday, January 12, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Code & Fly

Sunday, February 9, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Relay Race

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!

 

Feb
15
Sat
2020
Early German Helicopters @ Hiller Aviation Museum
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Early German Helicopters @ Hiller Aviation Museum

Early German Helicopters

Presented by Phil Gioia

Saturday, February 15

11 am – 12:00 pm

Germany was far ahead of other nations in the early development of rotary-wing aircraft.

Focke-Wulf’s Fw-61, the world’s first practical helicopter, flew in 1936, three years before Igor Sikorsky demonstrated his prototype in America. German designs also negated the effects of rotor torque, which requires constant pilot correction.

During WW II the Germans developed and deployed heavy-lift, reconnaissance, light-attack, and towed rotor-kite designs.  

Germany’s helicopter designers and pilots included Heinrich Focke, Georg Wulf, Gerd Achgelis, Anton Flettner, and Hannah Reitsch, the world’s most accomplished woman aviator, test pilot, and holder of multiple flight records.

Phil Gioia will take us through this little-known and fascinating chapter of aviation history, with commentary and pictures of the designers, pilots, and German rotorcraft, developed and deployed from 1933 to 1945.

Feb
16
Sun
2020
Starlab – Free Event
Feb 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Starlab - Free Event

Starlab Planetarium

Special 30-Minute Star Shows
For Adults and Children Ages 5 and Up

Ages 3-5 welcome at 10:30 AM

Upcoming Dates

Sunday, December 15
10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Sunday, January 19
10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Sunday, February 16
10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Each show runs 30 minutes.

 

Explore the Stars and Planets

Enter the amazing dome of a Starlab planetarium and see the glittering stars of the night sky projected overhead. Discover the brightest constellations visible each night and the stars used by pilots, sailors and others to navigate across vast and featureless oceans.

Age Restrictions

Children ages 5 and up are welcome with an accompanying adult at any presentation time. Children ages 3-5 may attend the first scheduled presentation each day, with one accompanying adult required for each child. Children age 2 and under are not recommended. Participants must craw through a short tunnel with reduced lighting to access the inside of the Starlab dome and remain seated throughout the 30-minute presentation.

Starlab Ticketing

Starlab is included with Museum admission.  Space for each presentation is limited, and a separate Starlab ticket is required for each participant in addition to Museum admission. Tickets are available at the Admissions counter in the Gift Shop on the day of each program.

 

Feb
22
Sat
2020
Aero Design Challenge 19
Feb 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Aero Design Challenge 19

Aero Design Challenge

Grades 5-12

School Groups
Field Trip Dates by Reservation Only – Groups of 40 or More

General Public
Saturday, February 22, 2020

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

 

Aero Design Challenge is an exploration into design and engineering.   Each 3-hour program explores concepts in aeronautics that challenges participants to construct a working prototype.

Each student in the Aero Design Challenge participates in a series of discovery experiences in the Hiller Aviation Museum’s main gallery, including:

  • Invention Lab rocket experiments
  • Examination of full-scale aircraft
  • Flight simulation
  • Exploration of Museum Gallery

Following the exploration period, students join a small team to construct, test, improve and present a model helicopter able to satisfy the design requirements.

Held annually since 2013, the Aero Design Challenge is part of the Bay Area Science Festival and celebrates the design thinking process in the world of flight. Offered at no cost to participants through the generous support of sponsors and the engagement of scores of volunteers from local technology businesses and universities,  the Aero Design Challenge has engaged over 3,000 participants since its inception.

Aero Design Challenge generously sponsored by:

Rocket Challenge

For this year’s Aero Design Challenge, participants investigate rocket propulsion while designing, building and flying an air powered rocket capable of flying the maximum possible distance with a limited amount of air pressure!

Aero Design Challenge participants work in pairs to explore rocket flight.  Discovery stations include the Invention Lab and Flight Simulator Lab, and the Museum’s collection of historic air and spacecraft.

How to Register

Aero Design Challenge programs are provided to participants at no charge, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.  School groups may complete a field trip reservation request using the Museum’s convenient online request system.  Individuals and small groups may enroll using the Aero Design Challenge registration portal.

All Aero Design Challenge participants will receive a confirmation email and additional information regarding the program approximately one week prior to program date.  Make your plans now to join an exceptional hands-on aerospace engineering experience.

Exciting News!

The California Association of Museums and State Superintendent’s Office of Public Instruction have awarded the Hiller Aviation Museum the Excellence in Museum Education Award for its Aero Design Challenge.

Click here for more information.