The Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California is pleased to announce the opening of a significant new exhibit serving as the introductory element to the Museum’s Commercial Aviation Gallery on the main floor. This permanent display will feature eight framed original Douglas Aircraft Company photographic prints taken by Mr. Don Adams, a Douglas photographer […]

From the Director – Steve Benesch

Museum of Flying

Dear Museum of Flying Members and friends of the Museum I wanted to personally reach out to our members and friends of the Museum of Flying and address the current situation around the latest on the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus). As you may have seen in the news, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and […]

The History of Dodgers Baseball Aviation

Convair 440 | The Musuem of Flying

Plenty of development was needed at Dodgertown when Walter O’Malley became Dodger President in October 1950. He began to invest in and make many improvements on the site, which had been abandoned as a World War II U.S. Naval Air base, adjacent to the Vero Beach Airport. When the Dodgers first acquired the property once […]

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 […]

Airview News

Please enjoy the first edition of Airview News, which we hope to make a regular update of Museum and S.M. airport news. Please pay special attention to our Mission Statement and Appeal piece on page 2. The Museum of Flying rely’s heavily on donations from it’s supporters and even the smallest amount can help.

Around the World in the Douglas World Cruiser

Douglas World Cruiser - Chicago | Museum of Flying

Following WWI intrepid airmen everywhere looked at the globe and considered the possibility of circumnavigating the earth in an airplane. The war had shown them how valuable it could be to span vast distances in a short amount of time. Meanwhile in the small California coastal city of Santa Monica, the Douglas Aircraft Company had […]