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“Some very unusual aircraft on display”

Hiller Aviation Museum
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in San Carlos
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

There are several aicraft that were experimental or produced in limited quantity there. Some were fixed wing, some helicopter. The spectrum goes from earliest flight to a mock-up of the SST.
There is a 1950's version of a rescue helicopter that could be dropped to a downed pilot that he could assemble and fly 25 miles to safety!

Thank Don M
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Excellent hands on museum with a wonderful gift shop in tow. Love the history and displays, easy to spend a wonderful afternoon here.

Thank Nicola C
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Went on a school trip and was amazed of the shear size of the collection. Well done.

Thank BruceSF40
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

I guess it's not really hidden since you can see it from the 101 freeway. A small, but fun museum that covers the history of aviation. Primarily consists of a large gallery of different kinds of aircraft, an outdoor cross-section/ "nose" of a jet, which visitors can stroll through. They have a few simulators which are good for teaching how hard it is to pilot aircraft. There's a great little play section of simple riding toys for the really little ones. Also, a restoration room where you can see people working on different items.

My son (3.5 yr) particularly liked walking through the jet and the helicopter simulator.

Bottom line: Great for airplane enthusiasts, but still entertaining for the curious.

Tips:
* Most of the museum is stroller accessible, but not all. This is only challenging when you have a walker/ climber and a stroller-bound infant.
* Large gift shop with interesting items, but you do have to walk through it to enter and exit the museum.
* Membership is comparable to local children's museums, but their newsletter/ and special events are very helpful and fun.
* They have many docents of varying degrees of friendliness, but all knowledgeable. (My experience with this is colored by the fact that I've had a preschooler dragging me around each time I've gone.)
* No food on site, but In-N- Out is just across the freeway.

Thank marmac_10
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

The airplanes and models are well displayed; there are knowledgeable docents; the gift shop is full of anything and everything to do with airplanes and aviation; great for kids; you can sit in a cockpit of a 747. The videos and explanations are very complete. There is even a workshop you can visit and watch the volunteers tinker with engines and model planes. Admission price is reasonable.

Thank bbpacker
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