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

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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 the rest of the Museum will NOT be open to visitors.


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Screening on the Life of Katherine Cheung

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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.

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

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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 the California Aviation Hall of Fame of Iris Cummings Critchell, Lt. Col Fitzhugh “Fitz” Fulton, Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland, and Burt Rutan on Saturday, April 25, 2015 .

The second annual reception, dinner, and induction will be begin at 6 p.m. at the Museum, located at 3100 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica.

In addition to the inductions, the Hall will also recognize ten “legacy” inductees who shaped the growth of the aviation industry in California. They are Pat Hyland, President of Hughes Aircraft, John Joseph Montgomery, glider pioneer, Clifton Moore, father of LAX, Robert Prescott, founder of the Flying Tiger Line, William Schoneberger, noted aviation author, Robert Six, CEO of Continental Airlines, Bobbi Trout, record-setting and stunt aviatrix, Willis Hawkins, noted Lockheed aircraft designer, and Ralph H. Ruud, cofounder of North America Aviation.

Iris Cummings Critchell was an Olympic swimmer in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and a Women’s Air Service Pilot during World War II. After the War, Critchell developed and taught the aviation curriculum at USC’s College of Aeronautics, and established a similar innovative program at the Harvey Mudd College of Science and Engineering. A proud member of the Ninety-Nines, she won the prestigious “Powder Puff Derby” women’s transcontinental air race in 1959. Ms. Critchell served as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for more than 20 years.

Lt. Col Fitzhugh “Fitz” Fulton enjoyed a 40-year career in aviation that would literally be impossible to duplicate today. He flew over 235 different types of aircraft and was an experimental test pilot for the U.S. Air Force, NASA, and Scaled Composites, experiencing every generation of advanced aircraft in the 20th century. Fulton piloted the launch aircraft for every experimental research plane from the Bell X-1 to the X-15. Fulton also flew the Boeing 747 that launched the first landing tests flights of the Space Shuttle Enterprise. Sadly, he passed away this February 4 at the age of 89.

Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland joined the Navy at age 17, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1949, and was commissioned as an Air Force 2nd Lt. After earning his pilots wings, he flew F-84 Thunderjets in the Korean War and became a test pilot at Elgin Air Force base. He was hired by Lockheed in 1960 as a test pilot for the F-104 Starfighter program. Later he was chosen to serve as the Project Test Pilot for the famous SR-71 Blackbird making the aircraft’s first flight on December 22, 1964.

Burt Rutan began his career as a civilian flight test engineer for the U.S Air Force at Edwards Air Force base. Design impresario Rutan took aeronautical engineering and innovation to levels never seen before. Starting with such revolutionary aircraft as the Variviggen, the VariEze, and the Long-EZ, Rutan expanded the design envelope with a host of unconventional, but exceeding efficient aircraft designs. Besides creating the globe-circling Voyager, he entered the Space Age and the record books when SpaceShipOne made the world’s first private manned space flight.

The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Museum of Flying and tickets for the event are $250 per person and a major portion of the ticket purchase will be tax deductible. Tickets will be available beginning March 1st, 2015 and can be purchased online on the Museum of Flying website Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting the Museum of Flying.

The Museum of Flying, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established the California Aviation Hall of Fame to commemorate, preserve and educate the public on the important role that individuals played in the birth and growth of aviation and aerospace in California.

Contact: Daniel J. Ryan – Managing Director, Museum of Flying 310-398-2500

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Museum Aviation Film Festival Series kick-off

Museum Aviation Film Festival Series kick-off - Museum of FlyingOn 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 other notable aviators.

Known as the “pilot’s pilot”, Mr. Bob Hoover was present for the event. Mr. Hoover was a World War II Fighter Pilot, and later a test pilot with both the United States Air Force, and North American Aviation. A legendary air show performer, Mr. Hoover has entertained more air show attendees than any other air show performer in the world. There was a line of autograph seekers that seemed to never end prior to the screening. Mr. Hoover was singing his book, “Forever Flying”, the DVD of the movie and the movie poster, all of which were on sale during the reception.

More than 200 guests were in attendance for the event that served as a small fundraising event for the Museum. Prior to the screening, Mr. Hoover and Director, Kim Furst held a brief Q&A session and also a “making of” segment. Mr. Hoover was very entertaining and we believe that the event was a very special evening for all in attendance.

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