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Air Shows and Aviation Museums in San Diego

Explore and Celebrate San Diego's Aviation Heritage

San Diego has a long history regarding aviation. In 1911, Glenn Curtiss, the Father of Naval Aviation, demonstrated his Model D-III from San Diego Bay for the US Navy and a year later the Navy established the first aviation squadron on the northeast side of Coronado's North Island. A decade later, Ryan Airlines designed and built Charles Lindbergh's iconic Spirit of St. Louis in a factory located right next to the San Diego International Airport, known locally as Lindbergh Field. 

Air Shows

Airshow San Diego

  • Formerly known as Wings Over Gillespie, Air Show San Diego in San Diego's East County features a representative collection of historic aircraft, amazing aerobatics, military re-enactors, paratroopers, and exciting mock battles. In addition to everything happening in the air and on Gillespie Field's runway, Air Show San Diego also boasts a fun kids’ zone, amusement rides, education displays, a variety of foods and beverages, and a beer garden.

    > Find out more about AirShow San Diego

MCAS Miramar Air Show

  • One of the most popular events in San Diego, MCAS Miramar Air Show features two full days of flying and entertainment, food and novelty booths, children's activity area, military displays, trade show and more! The annual air show regularly hosts spectacular flight demonstration squadrons including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds, Patriots Jet Team and the Canadian Forces 431 Snowbirds.

    > Find out more about the MCAS Miramar Air Show

Aviation Museums

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

  • What sets this museum apart from all others is the fact that it is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving the incredible contributions made by United States Marine Corps aviators and their ground support personnel. A dedicated group of staff and volunteers preserve and restore the more than 30 Marine Corps aircraft displayed throughout the museum grounds. Bring the kids to one of the Open Cockpit Days so they can sit in the cockpit and feel like a real pilot!

    > Find out more about the Flying Leathernecks Museum

San Diego Air & Space Museum

  • California's Official Air and Space Museum, the San Diego Air & Museum in Balboa Park houses a collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft from all over the world, including a flyable replica of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the actual Apollo 9 Command Module spacecraft, the only real GPS satellite on display in the world, MaxFlight® and Space Shuttle simulators, a 3D/4D Theater, interactive kid zone, ever-changing traveling exhibitions and the Flight Path Grill serving up food and a million-dollar view of Downtown San Diego from the Observation Deck.

    > Find out more about the San Diego Air & Space Museum

USS Midway Museum

  • Imagine living aboard a floating city at sea with 4,500 shipmates on the USS Midway, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century! Exploring the galleys, officer's country, sleeping quarters and the four-acre flight deck. Walk through helicopters, ride three types of flight simulators, climb in bunks, and sit in ejection seat theatre. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to over 60 locations from the engine room to control tower, narrated by Midway sailors who lived or worked in each.

    > Find out more about the USS Midway Museum

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