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“Impressive collection from the beginning of aviation to today”

San Diego Air & Space Museum
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Owner description: Museum's emphasis is on the history of flight, from the days of hot-air balloons to the Spirit of St. Louis to today's space shuttles.
Chula Vista, California
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“Impressive collection from the beginning of aviation to today”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

I took advantage of the "Free Tuesday" admission for San Diego county residents to visit the SDASM.

For those of us who grew up watching the Apollo program, it's pretty cool to walk through the doors and see the Apollo 9 capsule in the entrance.

The layout of the museum was a little confusing at first, but once I figured it out, it was great to wander through all of the displays--and there are plenty. Some are right on top of each other, which makes getting a complete view a little difficult.

There are portraits and biographies of famous aviators throughout the museum, and plenty of explanatory signs and videos (with seating areas to watch).

Of course, with San Diego being a Navy town, the collection is skewed more towards military aircraft, although there were displays of racing and some commercial airlines (notably, the formerly San Diego based Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA).

For the kids, there were several attractions tailored just for them, and some flight simulators that you could ride in for a fee. There was also a small cafeteria on the patio/balcony outside the building, appropriately called the "Flight Path Cafe," as it's directly under the approach to Lindbergh Field.

You could probably make it through the museum in a hurry in an hour or so, but it really warrants 2-3 hours to see everything in detail (and more if you're a real sign-reading aviation enthusiast).

It's a well done museum that I will definitely suggest to out-of-town guests who come to visit.

Visited October 2012
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“Great Place for the Family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

Been going here since I was a kid. The first one burnt down in the 70's and they rebuilt much of it and it looks better than ever. Lots of good aerospace and flight history, of which San Diego has plenty.

Visited February 2012
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Lots to look at!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

Very cool to walk through and look at everything. Lots of planes, and history throughout. Definitely worth the time!

Visited September 2012
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Hobart, Australia
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“Look - up there in the sky.......”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is a great outing for big and small kids. The Museum is quite large and jam-packed with air and space memorabilia - plenty of detailed information for adults and lots of hands-on stuff for the kids. If you have any sort of remote interest in aircraft you could easily spend 2-3 hours in here. And yes, you can jump in a simulator (for a fee) and take to the sky. Tally ho!

Visited August 2012
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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, United States
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“airplanes up close”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

So many airplanes of shapes, sizes and vintage. Excellent displays and presentations! Options to spend time in a simulator available for the brave at heart. We did not have time to view the "How things fly" exhibit but other viewers remarked that it was very informative.

Visited September 2012
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