Museum of Flying film festival series starts Feb. 20

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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 Friday, Feb. 20, at the museum.

This documentary chronicles the amazing flying career of the legendary fighter pilot, test pilot and air show performer Robert A. “Bob” Hoover. The production features appearances by Harrison Ford, and aviation notables Clay Lacy, Sean Tucker, and a number of other famous aviators. The film is directed by acclaimed documentary Director Kim Furst.

The event will begin with a reception at 7 p.m., which will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session with Bob Hoover and Director Kim Furst. The documentary will then screen at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $50 per person for general admission and are limited to 375 seats, with VIP lounge seating priced at $100 per person limited to only 25 seats. The proceeds for the event will benefit the Museum of Flying, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible.

Tickets are available for purchase on the Museum of Flying website at www.museumofflying.org. For more information, contact the Museum at (310) 398-2500, or email at info@museumofflying.org.

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Bob Hoover Movie Premier at the Museum of Flying

Bob Hoover Movie Premier at the Museum of Flying“Flying the Feathered Edge”, The Bob Hoover Project To kick-off the Museum Film Festival Series

For Immediate Release
January 16, 2015
Media Contact:  Daniel J. Ryan, dryan@museumofflying.org
Santa 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 premiere of the documentary, “Flying The Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover ProjectThe premiere is slated for Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Museum of Flying.

This documentary chronicles the amazing flying career of the legendary fighter pilot, test pilot and air show performer Robert A. “Bob” Hoover.  The production features appearances by Harrison Ford, and aviation notables Clay Lacy, Sean Tucker, and a number of other famous aviators.  The film is directed by acclaimed documentary Director Kim Furst.

The event will begin with a reception at 7:00 p.m., which will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session with Bob Hoover and Director Kim Furst.  The documentary will then screen at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are priced at $50 per person for general admission and are limited to 375 seats, with VIP lounge seating priced at $100 per person limited to only 25 seats.  The proceeds for the event will benefit the Museum of Flying, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible.

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning today on the Museum of Flying website at www.MuseumOfFlying.org.  For more information, contact the Museum at 310-398-2500, or email at info@museumofflying.org.

View the PDF version of this press release here.

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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 to 600 attendees for conferences, meetings, and seminars, the Museum of Flying is an ideal location to allow your functions to “take flight” in an interesting and unusual venue that is unlike any other in the greater Los Angeles area.

Your attendees will be energized, inspired, and engaged to gain the most of your function.Located at one of the oldest continually operating Airport in the United States, the Museum of Flying presents the rich history of aviation as it relates to Southern California with an emphasis on the Douglas Aircraft Company that called the Santa Monica Airport home for more than 40 years.  In fact, the Douglas Aircraft Company built more than 10,000 aircraft here during World War II.Make your next function truly memorable by scheduling your event at the Museum of Flying where your event will provide great interaction, innovation, and creativity.

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1959 RoadAir

1959 RoadAir - Museum of FlyingRoadAir Patent drawings - Museum of FlyingHerbert 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 combination automobile and aircraft otherwise known today as essentially a “flying car”.

The Board of Directors of the Museum of Flying is pleased to announce the loan of the RoadAir to the Museum by the entire Trautmann family. It is scheduled to be shipped to the Museum from Florida in February, 2015. We would appreciate any support in the way of contribution to cover the cost of its transport and relocation. Contributions can be made specifically dedicated to this project by clicking the ‘Donate’ button below.

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Specifications
  • Year Built — 1959
  • Wingspan — 25′
  • Speed — Sub-sonic
  • Gross Weight — 1,000 lbs
  • Engine — Continental (85 hp)

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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 pm.  Montgomery has been credited with completing the first controlled flights of a heavier-than-air craft in the Western Hemisphere near San Diego, California in 1883.

Montgomery is also believed to have been the creator of what is known today as the aileron.  Years later, Glenn Curtis was awarded the patent on the aileron.

As a scientist researching the laws of flight, Montgomery invented basic methods of aircraft control and stability, and refined his theories in aerodynamics over decades of research.

“Quest for Flight” is an award winning multi-nominated book that will serve as the basis for an entertaining and educational presentation by the author Harwood as he weaves the fascinating story of how Montgomery and a cavalcade of characters (all Californians) collectively transformed science fiction into reality.

Montgomery’s work gave impetus to those who established California’s burgeoning aviation industry of the 1920’s and the 1930’s.  Copies of this book, which won the Great Southwest Festival (2014) will be available for purchase and personal inscription by the author. The Museum of Flying invites you to join us for this interesting presentation on Sunday, August 10, 2014, beginning at 2:00 pm.

The Museum of Flying is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that also serves as the home to the recently established California Aviation Hall of Fame.  The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for children aged 6 to 12, children 5 and under are free.  The Museum is located at 3100 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405.  For more information www.MuseumofFlying.com or 310-398-2500

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The B-52

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 Museum screening room on the mezzanine level of the Museum.

Captain Fred Wagner was fascinated with airplanes growing up in Pennsylvania where he saw Douglas DC-3’s flying for Pennsylvania Central Airlines.  He also learned of his own father navigating C-47’s (the military version of the DC-3) between islands in the South Pacific during World War II.  Captain Wagner graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1964 and flew T-37’s and T-38’s during flight training and went on to fly B-52’s as a crew member for 5 years.  He  then served as an Air Operations Staff Officer for 4 years, including 18 months at U-Tapao, Thailand. He was also involved with the test program for the AGM-86B and AGM-109 cruise missiles which were launched from B-52’s.

The program will cover the history of the aircraft which many believe will be the world’s first 100 year-old operational aircraft.  The presentation will cover the key design components, the operating systems, and the performance characteristics of the aircraft.

The Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is currently open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.  Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/students, $6 for children aged 6 to 12, and children 5 and under are free.  The Museum is located at 3100 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA and is directly adjacent to the Santa Monica Airport.  For more information log on to www.museumofflying.com

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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 in the Museum screening room.

The film is directed by Nick T. Spark who is noted for producing the Emmy Award winning documentary film “The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club.”     The presentation, hosted by Nick T. Spark, will feature segments of footage from the final production. Nick will share his first-hand experiences with Jessica Cox and describe how she overcame a childhood birth defect of being born without arms.

“RIGHTFOOTED” chronicles Jessica’s amazing story of overcoming adversity and her ongoing work to change the lives of other people – disabled and “normal”. Her message is not just about disability, it’s about the importance of being different. That’s a belief she continues to share, group by group, family by family, child by child, and with your help she will reach many, many more people. Jessica Cox and Nick T. Spark’s goal with this film is to touch and inspire anyone who feels different, and create enormous change. This documentary is the incredible story of a woman who would not let even the most severe physical limitations stop her. It’s a universal film that will touch and inspire anyone who feels different for any reason.

We look forward to your attendance. Please note each presentation is limited to the first 35 attendees.  You can read more about this amazing story at www.RightfootedMovie.com.

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Museum of Flying reopens at Santa Monica Airport

header[1]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 once again spread its wings at Santa Monica Airport.

Under blue skies, a new 22,000-square-foot facility opened its doors Saturday to hundreds of aviation enthusiasts who stood in line for a chance to check out about two dozen flying machines on display.

Guests ranged from babies in backpacks to retired aviation and aerospace workers such as Richard Schneidmiller, 82, who analyzed failed aircraft parts at the airport for two years after World War II.

Griffin Gamble, 10, of Brentwood was among the first to man the controls of a Boeing 727, donated by FedEx, that juts straight out of the museum’s corrugated metal wall on Airport Avenue.

“It’s really cool, with so many buttons,” said Griffin, who wore a NASA T-shirt from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, where he witnessed the final launch of the Discovery space shuttle a year ago.

The planes on display ran the gamut, from replicas of a Wright Flyer and a Lockheed Vega (the type of plane flown by Amelia Earhart and Wiley Post) to a single-seat microjet featured in the opening scenes of the James Bond movie “Octopussy.”

On its ground floor and mezzanine, the museum features artwork and displays about Douglas Aircraft Co., founded by aviation pioneer Donald W. Douglas, and other Southland companies that helped propel the region’s once-robust aviation and aerospace industry.

Out front stood the DC-3 that for years was Douglas’ personal plane. It was the last one built, said museum Chairman David Price, and its passengers included President Eisenhower, actor William Holden and crooner Bing Crosby.

Santa Monica Airport was established in 1917. After the city of Santa Monica acquired the property in 1926, it became the home of Douglas Aircraft, which at its peak had 44,000 employees. The site was the birthplace of the Douglas World Cruiser, the first aircraft to circumnavigate the globe.

In the early 1930s, the airport saw the first flights of the famed DC-3 planes that introduced average Americans to commercial air travel. During World War II, the facility played a key role in the production of military aircraft.

“Few people remember how it all started,” said Robert Trimborn, Santa Monica Airport’s director. “This museum will help ground people back to the roots of this incredible industry.”

The museum mezzanine features a 30-seat theater, a replica of the Douglas Aircraft executive boardroom and Donald Douglas’ desk and drafting table.

This is the museum’s third iteration. It originally was founded in 1974 at the airport’s southern end and then reopened on the north side in 1989 with a collection of more than four dozen vintage planes. Facing economic pressures and a decline in visitors, the museum closed in July 2002 and stored or donated its aircraft.

Through donations, the museum has raised about $2.5 million of the $5 million needed to pay for construction and to establish an endowment. Museum officials plan to meet in April with their counterparts at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, which has offered to lend artifacts for display.

The museum also plans soon to launch the California Aviation Hall of Fame, which is expected to have about two dozen inaugural inductees, including Douglas, Howard Hughes, John Knudsen “Jack” Northrop, John Leland “Lee” Atwood and T. Claude Ryan.

“We want to be a place that recognizes those achievements,” said Daniel J. Ryan, the museum’s managing director.

For Schneidmiller’s wife, Dorothy Bellina, 83, of Venice, the opening felt like having an old friend back. She is part of a group of 15 former museum volunteers who have become friends. They call themselves the “grounded eagles.”

The museum, a nonprofit organization, is at 3100 Airport Ave. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $6 for children ages 6 to 12. In April, the museum expects to begin taking reservations for school tours. For information, visit the museum website.

martha.groves@latimes.com

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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.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 Space Museum in Tucson. On the big rig’s flatbed trailer was the cockpit and nose section of the largest bomber ever built in this country, the Convair B-36 Peacemaker.

By every measure, it’s a titan of an airplane. It has a 230-foot wingspan, a length of 162 feet, 1 inch, and stands 46 feet, 9 inches tall. Loaded, it weighed 410,000 lbs. and the power of its 10 engines (six Pratt and Whitney R4360 pusher prop engines and four General Electric J-47 jet engines) could make the ground shake. The recon model was manned by a sizeable 22-person crew. There was even one variant of the bomber, the B-36D “FICON,” which carried it’s own fighter protection. In this configuration, the intercontinental bomber had a Republic F-84F slung on a trapeze under its belly.

Over the next couple of weeks, it was anticipated that an additional 15 truckloads would be required to move all of the remaining parts needed to reassemble the giant aircraft. A fenced-in compound has been set up at Pima to store the parts and complete the detailed restoration and assembly. The public will be able to view the progress being made during the entire process.

Following the arrival of the nose section on Friday, the next morning at 10 a.m., a formal ceremony was held at the museum. Welcoming the B-36 to Arizona was Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup and other distinguished guests. Pima’s acquisition of the giant bomber was made possible through a loan agreement with the Air Force Museum.

Dan Ryan, the Museum’s executive director, opened his comments by stating, “Is this a great day for the Pima Air and Space Museum or what!” He thanked the Texas groups in Fort Worth for their steadfast dedication and many years of work in preserving the B-36. Undoubtedly, when completed, the “City of Ft. Worth” will become the centerpiece of the museum.

Also present to welcome the museum’s newest attraction were several former B-36 crewmembers. Bill Lafferty, who now resides in Green Valley, Ariz., was an aircraft commander on the bomber. He logged 1,800 hours flying the RB-36H. Lafferty likes to boast that the Peacemaker was “the first plane I flew that was overpowered.” He recalls one mission where he and his crew spent six hours trying to get the left landing gear down. When asked by Command if he was going to ride it in or bail out, he figured he had one last thing to try.

“I dived the airplane and pulled up hard and the gear popped out,” he said. In addition to flying the mammoth bomber, during the period 1952 to 1957, Lafferty also flew C-47s and C-54s during the Berlin Airlift.

Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup (red shirt) listens to B-36 crewmembers talk about their experiences flying the nation’s largest bomber.Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup (red shirt) listens to B-36 crewmembers talk about their experiences flying the nation’s largest bomber.

Robert Kleinhans, who also attended the ceremony, accumulated 1,000 hours in the B-36 as the lower left gunner.

“We had an engine fire on number four where the flames extended all the way back to the horizontal stabilizer,” he recalls of one flight.

The fire was extinguished and the aircraft landed safely.

The B-36 made its maiden flight on Aug. 8, 1946, with the first aircraft being delivered to the Strategic Air Command on June 26, 1948. The particular aircraft received by Pima, the “City of Ft. Worth,” was the last B-36J built. With the serial number of 52-2827, it rolled off the Convair assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas in 1954, and was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Wing at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, Wash. It ended its active service in February 1959, following a retirement ceremony at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Field, where it was placed on display in front of the airport’s terminal building in Peacemaker Park.

Bill Lafferty, a former Peacemaker pilot, has logged 1,800 hours in the aircraft.The rare bomber endured periods of neglect and vandalism. In 1978, disassembly of the aircraft was started so that it could be moved to Carswell AFB. In 1994, a B-36 restoration team completed a 44,000-man-hour reconstruction of the aircraft. Pima will now perform a detailed restoration during the reassembly of the bomber.

Bill Lafferty, a former Peacemaker pilot, has logged 1,800 hours in the aircraft.

The B-36J is a national treasure and will be a valuable addition to the more than 250 historical aircraft already on display at the museum. Of the more than 380 built, only four have survived the scrapper’s blade. All but these four were parted out in Tucson after their retirement. The Pima Air and Space Museum will now join only three other museums in the country with a complete B-36. They include the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Omaha, Neb., and the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, Calif.

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