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Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the Museum first opened in 1979…

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June 30th, A free evening screening of the Disney feature ‘Planes’!

Join us at the Museum for a free evening screening of the animated Disney feature ‘Planes’. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the screening starts at 7:00pm. Please bring chairs and or blankets as the Museum will not be providing seating. FREE popcorn!! Water and soft drinks will be available for purchase. *Please note that

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Screening on the Life of Katherine Cheung

On January 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm the Museum will be screening a new documentary examining the life of aviator Katherine Sui Fun Cheung. Join us to learn more about this pioneering woman and meet director Ed Moy and Katherine’s daughter, Dottie Cheung.

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Aviation artist and historian Mike Machat made his final visit for the year on August 14th.

He makes occasional visits to the museum and plays a game we call “Stump the Artist”. Name any plane and Mike will draw it for you. Like us on Facebook for Museum updates and special events. Mike will be back next year to play again.

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“PAINTING AVIATION’S LEGENDS: The Art of Mike Machat” Presentation and Book Signing

Join us on Sunday, April 24, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a journey inside the exciting world of aviation art with the debut of a brand new book showing all the steps involved in the making of major world-class paintings. From working with legendary pilots to flying in exotic high-performance aircraft, aviation artist,

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“Amelia Earhart: In Her Own Words” One woman play by Roberta Bassin

In celebration of Women’s History month the Museum of Flying will be presenting a One Woman Performance of “Amelia Earhart: In Her Own Words” written and to be performed by acclaimed actress, Roberta Bassin on Saturday, March 19th at 2:00 pm.Roberta Bassin is a professional actress who has appeared in numerous television shows and movies

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Fourth Anniversary Celebration

  As the Museum approaches its 4th year anniversary, we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support. We have come a long way since we reopened our doors back in February of 2012. At the end of the month, on February 27th and 28th, the museum will celebrate our 4th

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Gray Eagles Screening

Museum Aviation Presentation Series continues with a Special Screening of “Gray Eagles” on Sunday August 30th, 2015 at 3:00 pm. (Meet World War II Fighter Ace Jim Brooks) The Museum of Flying in Santa Monica will present a special screening of the documentary “Gray Eagles” on Sunday, August 30th at 3:00 pm.  The film tells

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Iris Cummings Critchell, Fitz Fulton, Bob Gilliland, & Burt Rutan to be inducted into the California Aviation Hall of Fame

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For Immediate Release Media contact: dryan@museumofflying.org   Iris Cummings Critchell, Fitz Fulton, Bob Gilliland, & Burt Rutan to be inducted into the California Aviation Hall of Fame   Ceremony to be held at the Museum of Flying Santa Monica, CA, February 24, 2015 The Santa Monica based Museum of Flying will host the induction into

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Museum Aviation Film Festival Series kick-off

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On Friday, February 20th, 2015, the Museum of Flying held our kick-off event for the Aviation Film Festival series. The film that debuted was “Flying the Feathered Edge, the Bob Hoover Project”. The film was directed by Kim Furst and features Harrison Ford, Carroll Shelby, noted air show performer Sean Tucker and a host of

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Museum of Flying film festival series starts Feb. 20

from http://smdp.com/museum-flying-film-festival-series-starts-feb-20/145606 By Tom Lasser on February 18, 2015 in Briefs The Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, in conjunction with Kilo Foxtrot films, will kick-off of the Museum of Flying Film Festival Series with the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary, “Flying The Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project.” The premiere is slated for

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Bob Hoover Movie Premier at the Museum of Flying

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“Flying the Feathered Edge”, The Bob Hoover Project To kick-off the Museum Film Festival Series For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 16, 2015Media Contact:  Daniel J. Ryan, dryan@museumofflying.orgSanta Monica, California The Museum of Flying in conjunction with Kilo Foxtrot films is proud to announce the kick-off of the Museum of Flying Film Festival Series with the Los Angeles

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Santa Monica Museum of Flying Corporate Meetings & Special Events Venue information

CONFERENCES, MEETINGS, AND SEMINARS TAKE FLIGHT! Depart from the boring and mundane and book your next conference, meeting, or seminar at the interesting and exciting Museum of Flying located at the historic Santa Monica Airport.  Explore and discover an array of aircraft, aviation themed exhibits, aviation memorabilia, artifacts, and aviation art. With accommodations for up

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1959 RoadAir

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Herbert L. Trautmann was an inventor and aviation enthusiast who was employed by the Douglas Aircraft Company along with some of his family members. He designed and built a one-of-a-kind aircraft called the RoadAir in 1959 right here in Southern California. He received the patent on the aircraft in 1959 with the designation of a

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Quest for Flight

Museum of Flying — Aug 2, 2014 — Santa Monica, CA Media Contact:  Daniel J. Ryan dryan@museumofflying.com August, 4, 2014 The author of “Quest for Flight”, Craig S. Harwood will provide a talk on the biography that he wrote about his great grand uncle, John J. Montgomery on Sunday, August 10, 2014 beginning at 2:00

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The B-52

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MUSEUM CONTINUES AVIATION PRESENTATION SERIES WITH A PROGRAM ON THE FAMOUS BOEING B-52 “STRATOFORTRESS” Santa Monica, CA – Media contact:  Daniel J. Ryan –  dryan@museumofflying.com This Saturday, October 26th at 2:00 pm retired Air Force Captain Fred Wagner will present a program on the famous Boeing B-52 bomber.  The program will be presented in the

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Rightfooted

Santa Monica Contact: dryan@MuseumofFlying.com September 26, 2013 The Museum of Flying today announced the next program in their Aviation Presentation series: The making of the documentary film, “Rightfooted.”  The film tells the amazing story of armless pilot Jessica Cox.  The program is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th with presentations at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

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Museum of Flying reopens at Santa Monica Airport

From http://articles.latimes.com/print/2012/feb/26/local/la-me-0226-museum-of-flying-20120226 Museum of Flying reopens at Santa Monica Airport About two dozen flying machines, along with exhibits on the Southland’s aviation and aerospace industry, are featured in the third iteration of the museum, founded in 1974. February 26, 2012|By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times After a nearly decade-long hiatus, the Museum of Flying has

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Tucson Mayor Welcomes B-36 Bomber to the Pima Air and Space Museum

from AirportJournals.com by Bob Shane Standing at the nose of the “City of Ft. Worth,” Dan Ryan, executive director of the Pima Air and Space Museum, addresses the invited guests during the B-36 arrival ceremony. On July 22, at 5 p.m., a tractor-trailer hauling a very special oversized cargo pulled into the Pima Air and

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