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Sep
21
Sat
2019
Smithsonian Museum Day
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Smithsonian Museum Day

Smithsonian Museum Day Live

Saturday, September 21, 2019

FREE ADMISSION!

Smithsonian Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine. On Saturday, September 21, 2019, visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket at the Hiller Aviation Museum will gain free museum admission for two.

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Sep
22
Sun
2019
Drone Meet
Sep 22 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Drone Meet

Drone Meet

Event Schedule

Sunday, August 11, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Precision Landing

Sunday, September 22, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Code & Fly

Sunday, November 10, 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!

 

Sep
29
Sun
2019
Kids’ Carnival
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids’ Carnival

Sunday, September 29, 10 AM – 12 PM (Bubble Mania)

Sunday, October 27, 10 AM – 12 PM (Halloween Event)

Sunday, November 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

Outdoor Kids’ Carnival
Through October 2019

 

  • Paint a Plane (Not Available Sept 29)
  • Bubble Mania – SEPTEMBER 29 ONLY
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Build a Glider
  • Airplane or Helicopter Cockpit Checkout
  • Vertical Wind Tunnels

Indoor Kids’ Carnival
November 2019 – February 2020

 

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

Sunday, September 29

Bubble Mania

 

Float with the wind with an amazing assortment of bubbles!  The Museum’s rear ramp becomes the stage of an enormous bubble lab, providing a unique opportunity to build spectacular bubbles of all shapes and sizes. 

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Oct
12
Sat
2019
Oktoberfest @ Hiller Aviation Museum
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Oktoberfest @ Hiller Aviation Museum

Peninsula Oktoberfest, Saturday October 12, 6-11 PM

Over two hundred years after Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen wed, the Hiller Aviation Museum joins the celebration with a special Peninsula Oktoberfest celebration of beer, bands, and brats.

  • This is one of the most popular San Francisco Bay Area Oktoberfest events!
  • It’s indoors at the Hiller Aviation Museum.
  • Invite your friends and get your tickets now. This event is expected to sell out!

Event included with Museum Membership. Not a member and want to join? Click Here

Schedule

6:00 PM Museum opens for the event
6:10 PM Tapping of the first keg
6:15 PM Zicke Zacke Band
9:00 PM Bayern Maiden, The Rockin’ Oktoberfest Band!
10:30 PM Last Call for Beer
11:00 PM Museum closes

Food

German food will be available for separate purchase. Plenty of sausages, bratwurst, sauerkraut and other fine fare.

Food vendors include:

Little Red Riding Truck
Flamin’ Dogs
Boneyard BBQ

German Beers:

Hofbrau Traunstein Fest
Dinkelacker Hefe weiß
Weltenburg Dunkel
Andechs VollBier
Stiegl Radler lemon
Fruh Kolsch

Great Microbrews and Seasonal Beers:
Devil’s Canyon
Seismic Brewing

Wine:
Waxwing Wines will pour a selection of wines sourced from cool and windy vineyards along the coast of California.

Bands

Traditional Bavarian music from the Zicke Zacke Band and Bayern Maiden, the Rockin’ Oktoberfest Band playing hits directly from the tents in Munich.

Parking is limited.

If you drive your car or Messerschmidt Motor Scooter please designate a driver. We strongly recommend Uber or Lyft as great options!

Advanced Ticket Purchase Deal

$20 advanced ticket price includes:
$18 admission
+ $5 beer ticket
+ $5 beer stein
= a $28 value

PlusAvoid the registration line! Eventbrite has its own check-in area. So you can go right to the party!

Sponsored by

Oct
13
Sun
2019
Flight Simulator Rally
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Flight Simulator Rally

Flight Simulator Rally

Sunday, September 8 – Las Vegas Lights
Sunday, October 13 – Boeing Factory Flyby
Sunday, November 17 – Formation Flying

30-minute sessions begin every half hour between 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM.  Event concludes at 4:00 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!

 

Oct
19
Sat
2019
Way Up High Benefit Gala @ Hiller Aviation Museum
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Way Up High Benefit Gala @ Hiller Aviation Museum

Way Up High

15th Annual Benefit Gala

Featuring keynote by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr., USN (Ret.), Annenberg Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Chair of the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group

With ABC 7 News Meteorologist Sandhya Patel as Master of Ceremonies

Your support nurtures the bold visions that inspire youth to pursue their own dreams of aviation, science and engineering. The Way Up High Benefit Gala will be a spectacular evening of interactive Museum activities, fabulous food and drink, and exciting live and silent auctions. Help fund the future of Hiller Aviation Museum! 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Available Now

$15,000 ∙ $10,000 ∙ $5,000 ∙ $3,500

 

Individual Tickets: $300

Available Now

Highlights from last year’s Benefit Gala

2019 Gala Committee

Eileen DiGiorgio

Glenna Eaton

Aanchal Jain

Brenna O’Boyle

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For more information, contact: Rebecca Duran, VP of Development, at 650-654-0200 ext. 203 or duran@hiller.org.

Oct
26
Sat
2019
Halloween Haunted Weekend
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Halloween Haunted Weekend

Don’t miss the two best Halloween events for Families on the Peninsula!

Haunted
Hangar Party

Saturday Night
OCT 26th 5:30 – 9 PM

The best Family Costume event
on the Peninsula!

Kids’ Carnival
& Pumpkin Drop

Sunday Morning
OCT 27th 10 AM – 12 PM

Super fun Halloween event
for younger kids and families!

Haunted Hangar Party

Saturday, Oct 26th 5:30 – 9 PM

Who says Halloween is just for kids? Fright takes flight at the Museum! Join ghosts, skeletons, witches and warlocks as darkness decends on the Museum on October 26. The Museum is transformed into a spooky (but not too spooky for the younger goblins) haunted hangar with creative Halloween decorations at every turn. Grab a drink or delicious dinner from Bone Yard BBQ and dance to the DJ music underneath the aircraft.

  • TWILIGHT HELICOPTER PUMPKIN DROP
  • NO HOST BAR
  • DANCING IN THE MUSEUM GALLERY
  • COSTUME CONTEST
  • CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES
  • PERFECT EVENT FOR A FRIENDS AND FAMILY HALLOWEEN MEET UP (No planning or clean up, just fun)

Put on a costume and come to party. Little goblins are welcome too! Bring the whole family, invite your friends. Free to museum members.

Don’t miss the best Halloween Party on the SF Peninsula!

Schedule

5:30 PM Museum opens for the event
5:30 PM – 8 PM Halloween craft activities
6:15 PM Twilight Helicopter Pumpkin Drop
8:00 PM Halloween costume review
9:00 PM Museum closes
Food

T-Mo Food Truck available for purchase

Drinks

Non-Hosted Full Bar to quench your ghoulish thirst

DJ Music

Dance to music in the creepy museum gallery

Kids Goodie Bag

Eventbrite Online ticket purchase exclusive
First 500 kids get a Hiller Goodie bag to fill at trick-or-treat stations throughout the museum.

Online Ticket Bonus:
Buy your tickets online and avoid the line. Plus the first 500 kids get a Hiller Goodie bag to fill at trick-or-treat stations throughout the museum!

Admission:
Adults $18
Youth (5-17) & Seniors (65+) $11
Children 4 and under FREE
Museum Members free admission.

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.

Kids’ Carnival
& Pumpkin Drop

Sunday, Oct 27th 10 AM – 12 PM

Visit the Hiller Aviation Museum this October for a frightful treat! Come in costume and see the Gallery decked out in its spooky Hallloween decorations. Join the creepy carnival games to earn special prizes, meet our flying witch and sign her special Halloween pumpkin.

  • HELICOPTER PUMPKIN DROP
  • CREEPY GAMES AND PRIZES
  • MEET THE WITCH AND SIGN HER SPECIAL HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN
  • PAINT THE MUSEUM’S PAINT-APLANE ORANGE AND BLACK

Join a spooky honor guard to accompany the witch to her helicopter before she takes off and splats the great orange gourd across the landscape below in a festive salute to the Halloween spirit! Event included with Museum admission.

Schedule

10:00 AM                              Halloween craft activities, paint-a-plane, witch’s reception and pumpkin signing.
11:45 AM Halloween costume review and witch salute.

12:00 PM              

Helicopter take-off and pumpkin drop
   
   

Admission:

Adults $18
Youth (5-17) & Seniors (65+) $11
Children 4 and under FREE
Museum Members free admission.

Advanced tickets purchase recomended on Eventbrite

Oct
27
Sun
2019
Halloween Haunted Weekend
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Halloween Haunted Weekend

Don’t miss the two best Halloween events for Families on the Peninsula!

Haunted
Hangar Party

Saturday Night
OCT 26th 5:30 – 9 PM

The best Family Costume event
on the Peninsula!

Kids’ Carnival
& Pumpkin Drop

Sunday Morning
OCT 27th 10 AM – 12 PM

Super fun Halloween event
for younger kids and families!

Haunted Hangar Party

Saturday, Oct 26th 5:30 – 9 PM

Who says Halloween is just for kids? Fright takes flight at the Museum! Join ghosts, skeletons, witches and warlocks as darkness decends on the Museum on October 26. The Museum is transformed into a spooky (but not too spooky for the younger goblins) haunted hangar with creative Halloween decorations at every turn. Grab a drink or delicious dinner from Bone Yard BBQ and dance to the DJ music underneath the aircraft.

  • TWILIGHT HELICOPTER PUMPKIN DROP
  • NO HOST BAR
  • DANCING IN THE MUSEUM GALLERY
  • COSTUME CONTEST
  • CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES
  • PERFECT EVENT FOR A FRIENDS AND FAMILY HALLOWEEN MEET UP (No planning or clean up, just fun)

Put on a costume and come to party. Little goblins are welcome too! Bring the whole family, invite your friends. Free to museum members.

Don’t miss the best Halloween Party on the SF Peninsula!

Schedule

5:30 PM Museum opens for the event
5:30 PM – 8 PM Halloween craft activities
6:15 PM Twilight Helicopter Pumpkin Drop
8:00 PM Halloween costume review
9:00 PM Museum closes
Food

T-Mo Food Truck available for purchase

Drinks

Non-Hosted Full Bar to quench your ghoulish thirst

DJ Music

Dance to music in the creepy museum gallery

Kids Goodie Bag

Eventbrite Online ticket purchase exclusive
First 500 kids get a Hiller Goodie bag to fill at trick-or-treat stations throughout the museum.

Online Ticket Bonus:
Buy your tickets online and avoid the line. Plus the first 500 kids get a Hiller Goodie bag to fill at trick-or-treat stations throughout the museum!

Admission:
Adults $18
Youth (5-17) & Seniors (65+) $11
Children 4 and under FREE
Museum Members free admission.

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.

Kids’ Carnival
& Pumpkin Drop

Sunday, Oct 27th 10 AM – 12 PM

Visit the Hiller Aviation Museum this October for a frightful treat! Come in costume and see the Gallery decked out in its spooky Hallloween decorations. Join the creepy carnival games to earn special prizes, meet our flying witch and sign her special Halloween pumpkin.

  • HELICOPTER PUMPKIN DROP
  • CREEPY GAMES AND PRIZES
  • MEET THE WITCH AND SIGN HER SPECIAL HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN
  • PAINT THE MUSEUM’S PAINT-APLANE ORANGE AND BLACK

Join a spooky honor guard to accompany the witch to her helicopter before she takes off and splats the great orange gourd across the landscape below in a festive salute to the Halloween spirit! Event included with Museum admission.

Schedule

10:00 AM                              Halloween craft activities, paint-a-plane, witch’s reception and pumpkin signing.
11:45 AM Halloween costume review and witch salute.

12:00 PM              

Helicopter take-off and pumpkin drop
   
   

Admission:

Adults $18
Youth (5-17) & Seniors (65+) $11
Children 4 and under FREE
Museum Members free admission.

Advanced tickets purchase recomended on Eventbrite

Kids’ Carnival
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids’ Carnival

Sunday, September 29, 10 AM – 12 PM (Bubble Mania)

Sunday, October 27, 10 AM – 12 PM (Halloween Event)

Sunday, November 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

Outdoor Kids’ Carnival
Through October 2019

 

  • Paint a Plane (Not Available Sept 29)
  • Bubble Mania – SEPTEMBER 29 ONLY
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Build a Glider
  • Airplane or Helicopter Cockpit Checkout
  • Vertical Wind Tunnels

Indoor Kids’ Carnival
November 2019 – February 2020

 

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

Sunday, September 29

Bubble Mania

 

Float with the wind with an amazing assortment of bubbles!  The Museum’s rear ramp becomes the stage of an enormous bubble lab, providing a unique opportunity to build spectacular bubbles of all shapes and sizes. 

Sponsored by

Nov
9
Sat
2019
Aerial Treason
Nov 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aerial Treason

Aerial Treason

Spies, Sunset Magazine and the Silver Screen

Saturday, November 9

11 am – 12:00 pm

Join us as early aviation historian Roy Mize spins a tale of “Aerial Treason,” a story of spies, Sunset Magazine, the silver screen, and pioneer San Jose aviator Bob Fowler’s 1914 “dance” with the U. S. Attorney General.

In April 1914, Sunset Magazine publisher Charles K. Field put his personal liberty and the future of his magazine on the line when he published pictures and a story and about the military defenses of the nearly completed Panama Canal.

The Attorney General of the United States charged Field and three other men as spies:  Robert George Fowler, famous early aviator; Riley E. Scott, West Point graduate turned bomb-dropping expert; and Ray Duhem, San Francisco aerial movie maker .

Their efforts challenged the status quo for military defenses that protected coastal installations.  The article’s title ignited a national firestorm: CAN THE PANAMA CANAL BE DESTROYED FROM THE AIR?

About Roy Mize:

Roy Mize is an early aviation historian with a passion about forgotten stories of the early days of flying. In 1956 he enlisted in the Army and spent three years as a student and then an instructor at the Army Air Defense School in Fort Bliss, Texas, working with computer control systems for ground-to-air missiles. After the Army he moved to what later became Silicon Valley and over the next 40 years he worked at five advanced telecommunications research companies.

He holds three university degrees in business. However, his entire experience has been in the care and feeding of research and development scientists and engineers for aerospace, satellite communications, high energy lasers and advanced software development projects. 

Roy has taught continuing education classes for several universities, including UC Santa Cruz, UCLA and Sonoma State University, and adult education classes for a local school district. He also developed and taught one of the first online Web search classes for UC Santa Cruz in 1996/97 and has guest lectured on planning and scheduling concepts and on his avocation, early aviation history.  

Event included with museum admission.