Author Archives: Museum of Flying

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

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artist Mike Machat with his 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

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BOOK COVER Painting the LegendsJoin 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, author, and historian Mike Machat shows the reader the entire process of researching and producing aviation art.

Mike will share his deeply personal story with Museum visitors, and will then personally autograph and inscribe copies of his new 10”x 10” coffee table book lavishly illustrated with 60 original paintings and more than 250 photos. The careers of 30 internationally-known pilots and aviation personalities are highlighted with stories in their own words, including Scott Crossfield, Joe Engel, Pete Everest, Fitz Fulton, and Chuck Yeager. Flights in the T-38 Talon, Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, F-14 Tomcat, B-1B Lancer, and Concorde, are shown also.

Mike’s paintings are all covered in this 192-page book in ways never-before seen. From the first rough “back-of-the-napkin” sketch through highly detailed engineering drawings and final artwork, Mike’s projects are colorfully documented for the reader.  The story of his “Fly DOUGLAS!” and “Fly NAVY!” murals painted exclusively for the Museum of Flying are told in vivid detail as well.

Books will be available for sale in the Museum Store for $39.95 each. 

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

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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 including Ray Donovan, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, J. Edgar, Barfly and Emmy and Golden Globe winner “Indictment: The McMartin Trial” working with directors such as Oliver Stone and Clint Eastwood, and actors including Mickey Rourke and Leonardo DiCaprio.
After bringing America’s legendary heroine, aviator Earhart, “to life on stage,” Roberta’s many fans and supporters have encouraged her to author a book presenting what she has learned from her years of research and personal experiences in performing this role.  Now available for purchase on Amazon is the book “Amelia Earhart, Me, and Our Friends, Journaling the Journey.”

The one-time performance at the Museum of Flying will be followed by a book signing in front of a replica Lockheed Vega, the plane in which Amelia Earhart set speed records flying in the early 1930’s.  The Museum is currently open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.  Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults, $8 seniors/students, and $6 for children aged 3 – 12, children under 3 years of age are free.

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Fourth Anniversary Celebration

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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 anniversary including $4 admission (free for active members), and special guests such as Rob “Skid” Rowe, Chief Test Pilot for the Lockheed Martin U-2, and many more presentations through the weekend. The schedule for events is as follows:



Saturday, February 27

clip_image00410:30 AM – U-2 Chief Test Pilot Skid Rowe will give a presentation on the U-2, a single jet engine, ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency. It provides day and night, very high-altitude (70,000 feet), all-weather intelligence gathering.



clip_image0061:30 PM – Aviation artist, author, and historian Mike Machat will give a presentation on the history of The Douglas Aircraft Company. Douglas was an American aerospace manufacturer based in Southern

California. During the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s, Douglas was the largest manufacturer of commercial airliners.



Sunday, February 28

clip_image00810:30 AM – Mission briefing from the USAF Space and Missile Systems center. The Space and Missile Systems Center is a part of Air Force Space Command of the United States Air Force. SMC is the Air Force’s product center for the development and acquisition of space and missile systems and is located at Los Angeles Air Force Base.



clip_image0101:30 PM – Aerial aviation photographer Chad Slattery will give a presentation on aerial aviation photography along with a slideshow. Chad Slattery specializes in digital imaging and post production for aviation and aerospace industries. Corporate clients include Boeing, Dassault, Embraer, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Orbital Sciences.

He serves as Contributing Editor at Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine, and is regularly published in Aviation Week, AOPA Pilot, Business Jet Traveler, Executive Controller, Pro Pilot, and Volare. In 2000, he co-founded ISAP, the International Society for Aviation Photography.





Throughout both days, there will be activities for children too!

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Gray Eagles Screening

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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 the story of a plane and pilot reunited nearly 60 years after the war.  

The film features World War II Fighter Ace, Major Jim Brooks, who was credited with 13 ½ aerial victories during the war flying the famous P-51 “Mustang”.  Meet Major Brooks and the film’s Director, Chris Woods, who will briefly introduce the film prior to the screening with a Q & A session to follow after the film.  

The screening will be held in the Douglas Aircraft wing of the Museum and copies of the DVD will be available for purchase in the Museum store for $14.95.  Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for Students/Seniors, and $6 for children aged 3 to 12.   

The film is the story of two generations, one American family, and a plane called February.  A remarkable film about two American heroes, Major Jim Brooks and the North American P-51 “Mustang”.

For more information about the event, click here!

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