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

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

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. http://www.imdb.me/robertabassin
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.” http://www.amazon.com/dp/1523738561

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

 

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

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

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 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 www.museumofflying.org. 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
dryan@museumofflying.org 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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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 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.

Click here to purchase tickets

 

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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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