Dr. Buzz Aldrin

Dr. Buzz Aldrin | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Dr. Buzz Aldrin Year Inducted: 2014 Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Dr. Buzz Aldrin graduated third in his class at the US Military Academy at West Point, with a BS in mechanical engineering. On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo XI moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot [...]

Dick Rutan

Dick Rutan | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Dick Rutan Year Inducted: 2018 Richard Glenn "Dick" Rutan piloted the Voyager aircraft around the world non-stop with co-pilot Jeana Yeager. During the Vietnam War, Rutan was one of the founding members of the "Mistys" of Operation Commando Sabre, pioneering the use of tactical jets as a "FastFAC" (Fast Forward Air Controller) for the FAC(A), [...]

Col. Fitzhugh “Fitz” L. Fulton, Jr

Col. Fitzhugh Fitz L. Fulton, Jr. | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Col. Fitzhugh "Fitz" L. Fulton, Jr Year Inducted: 2015 Col. Fitzhugh "Fitz" L. Fulton, Jr. enjoyed a 40-year career in aviation that would be literally impossible to duplicate today. He flew 235 different types of airplanes and was an experimental test pilot for the U.S. Air Force, NASA, and Scaled Composites, experiencing every generation of [...]

Col. Bob Gilliland

Col. Bob Gilliland | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Col. Bob Gilliland Year Inducted: 2015 Bob Gilliland joined the Navy at age 17, graduated the Naval Academy in 1949, and was commissioned as an Air Force 2nd Lt. After earning pilot wings, he flew F-84 Thunderjets in the Korean War and became a test pilot at Eglin AFB, FL. Gilliland was hired by Lockheed [...]

Clay Lacy

Clay Lacy | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Clay Lacy Year Inducted: 2014 Born in Wichita, Kansas, Clay Lacy began flying at age 12. He had already logged 1,500 hours by age 19, when he joined United Airlines in the right seat of DC-3s. Forty years later, Lacy retired from United as a senior captain, having flown Douglas prop airliners, the DC-8, DC-10, [...]

Burt Rutan

Burt Rutan | California Aviation Hall of Fa
Burt Rutan Year Inducted: 2015 Beginning his illustrious career as a civilian flight test engineer for the U.S. Air Force at Edwards AFB, CA, design impresario Burt Rutan took aeronautical engineering and innovation to levels never before seen. Starting with such revolutionary aircraft as the VariViggen, VariEze, and Long-EZ, Rutan expanded the design envelope with [...]

Bob Hoover

Bob Hoover | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Bob Hoover Year Inducted: 2014 Bob Hoover is considered by his peers as the "pilot's pilot". He has served his country in war and peace as a fighter pilot, test pilot and as a master of aerobatics. His famous yellow P-51 Mustang has been one of the main attractions at the Reno National Air Races [...]

Barry Schiff

Barry Schiff | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Barry Schiff Year Inducted: 2018 Captain Barry Schiff began flying at 14, and his career as an aviation writer at 21, when he wrote innovative aviation education products published by Jeppesen Sanderson. Captain Schiff is known for his 12 books and 1,800 plus articles published in 110 aviation magazines. Notably, AOPA Pilot, for which he [...]

From the Director – Steve Benesch

Museum of Flying

The close of 2018 brought exciting news to the Museum of Flying. A new management team has soared into action and is looking forward to creating new exhibits, enhancing some existing displays and creating new programs. The newly appointed team includes Mike Machat, Curator and expert aviation historian extraordinaire. Mike will be working to enhance […]

From the Curator – New Permanent Exhibits

Gallery of Commercial Aviation | Museum of Flying

Gallery of Commercial Aviation Slated to open in January 2019 is the Museum’s first-ever comprehensive exhibit honoring the exciting world of airline travel. Located in the main entry foyer, this corner-stone exhibit will contain a wide array of original high-end collectible airliner models and a life-time collection of never-before-seen airline service pins and wings. Complementing […]