View Full Version : Visiting San Diego ....any good aircraft museums close by??

06-03-2005, 04:03 AM
will be in that neck of the woods soon any good aircraft museums close by ??

06-03-2005, 04:09 AM
San Diego

I think this in the website for it http://www.aerospacemuseum.org/ http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

06-03-2005, 12:27 PM
You might also want to check out the Midway and make a 90 minute drive up I-15 to the Chino Planes of Fame Museum.

But I definitely endorse the Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park. My late grandfather, who worked on Nieuports, Camels and SPADs in France during (and after) the Great War said that their WWI section was the best he'd seen (including the NASM at the time-he passed on in 1983). It is still very good-and there's a Hellcat in the WWII section, next to a very accurate A6M5 replica. they also have a hanger annex at Gillespie Field, in El Cajon (about 10-15 miles east on I-8)

Don't forget to go to a Rubio's for a decent fish taco.



06-03-2005, 01:22 PM
Ryan aircraft is from San Diego.

They built the Spirit of St Louis http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

I liked the Museums in SD very much. they used to have a large Flying Tigers exhibit at the museum, but it was largely destroyed in a fire during the '80s


Have something for SMG, do ya? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif I preferred Emma Caulfield, myself

06-03-2005, 01:29 PM
The Aerospace Museum is quite nice! I visited it a few times when doing the PBY. But if you can get away, Chino on a Sunday is AMAZING! They dont only have WWII birds laying around gathering dust, but they take them outside, gas um up, and fly them around to help "un-dust" them. =) I saw the only Hawk-75 left in the world fly on a Sunday.

06-03-2005, 01:43 PM
Originally posted by Chuck_Older:

Have something for SMG, do ya? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif I preferred Emma Caulfield, myself

Yes I do, kick's ***

06-03-2005, 02:02 PM
Yeah, I like her kickin butt. She's also pretty good at beating stuff up, too

06-03-2005, 02:11 PM
She can kick my *** anytime, oh and welcome back m8 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

06-03-2005, 02:16 PM

Totally agree with everybody http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Must See :

Aerospace Musem
Midway Aircraft Carrier
Miramar Marine Aircraft Base --old Top Gun Base-(Inland of SD)
Planes of Fame in Chino

And if you come up that far you may want to check out an actual flight in a dogfighter at Fullerton Airport.





Horseback--finaly got your name http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif (maybe)

4th Fighter Group

Group Callsign: Upper to 22 April '44 then:
Horseback (A Group)
Amber (B Group)
Mascot (C Group)
(No Squadron Callsigns in C Group)


06-03-2005, 07:37 PM
yes MCAS Miramar has the 'Flying Leathernecks' collection parked just off of Miramar Rd.

Also - like Chino - the San Diego Aerospace Museum has a hangar or two at Gillespie Field in El Cajon just 20min. freeway drive east of downtown S.D. where several planes are being restored and sometimes flown - you should check that out too.

06-03-2005, 08:59 PM

Bingo! You win a fish taco!



06-03-2005, 09:01 PM
If you would travel as far as Chino to see an airmuseum, then you might want to stop in Riverside CA to see the March AFB Museum. It would only put you a couple of miles out of your way to Chino. You can walk right up to the planes at March.