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Amelia Rose Earhart Homecoming Celebration - Friday, July 11, 2014

Oakland Aviation Museum will welcome Amelia Rose Earhart home as she lands in Oakland and sets the record as the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine aircraft.  Please join us at OAM as we great her return and celebrate her achievement!  6 p.m. - 8 p.m., July 11, 2014.

June 26, 2014

AmeliaRoseEarhart3smAmelia Rose Earhart and her co-pilot Shane Jordan visited OAM this morning before departing in their Pilatus-12NG single-engine airplane from Oakland Airport’s historic North Field to begin their around-the-world flight retracing aviation pioneer Amelia Mary Earhart’s ill-fated journey in 1937. Earhart                                          is scheduled to return to Oakland around July 12.

NBC News report

          



Next Open Cockpit Day

Sunday  July 27th       Noon - 4PM

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June 3, 2014


 
  OAM hosts the art exhibit "FLIGHT" by the San Francisco Women Artists



Celebrating its 127th anniversary, SFWA is an historic San Francisco nonprofit organization. Founded in 1887, SFWA celebrates emerging and established Bay Area women artists. Their juried shows reflect the diversity, creativity and artistic interpretation of the artist members.


Laura Hollis, "Which Direction"

Mixed Media, 16 x 20 in.



May 7, 2014

Oakland Airport's famous North Field, home of Oakland Aviation Museum, was the launch point for Amelia Earhart's ill-fated around-the-world flight.  Her goal was to start and end in Oakland.

  

Oakland Aviation Museum member Jim Geldert is participating in The Expedition for Amelia, a 2014 project to physically locate Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra. Earhart was attempting to complete an around-the-world flight in 1937 when her plane disappeared after a stop at Lae, New Guinea and bound for Howland Island, their refueling stop.  Both Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan perished.

The Expedition for Amelia will attempt to confirm the location of Earhart's Electra through high-resolution sonar imaging. Several images (targets) were located during prior sonar searches that could potentially be the plane. The targets are located in the vicinity of Howland Island beneath 18,000 feet of water. Howland Island is located in the Pacific Ocean and situated just north of the equator and halfway between Hawaii and Australia. Information and data gathered by the research team will be made into a documentary. 

Expedition Amelia plans to provide live video-stream updates from the project site direct to OAM daily. Watch our website for additional information as the Expedition Amelia project team raises money and puts the venture together.  

        



April 24, 2014

Yelp "Flight Night" at OAM




OAM was excited to be the venue for Yelp’s “Flight Night” event. A great time was had by all at this very successful mixer.

 For more photos from the evening, go to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yelp/sets/72157644415421141/

For reviews and comments, look here.  



March 27, 2014

                        

           OAM Receives a Grant from the California Preservation Program

OAM has been selected to receive a preservation assessment survey of its collections under a 2014 California Preservation Assessment Project (CPAP) grant from the California Preservation Program. 

 The CPAP program is designed to help small and mid-sized libraries and archives plan improvements in the care for their permanent and historical collections.  The CPAP audit/assessment of OAM’s collections, including scope and scale of preservation needs as well as recommendations, is an essential first step to create a plan for enhanced collection care with specific goals that will meet the Museum’s needs.  



February 14, 2014

News Conference at OAM - Dedication of Bessie Coleman Drive



At a news conference at OAM, Port of Oakland and City of Oakland officials announced the formal dedication of Bessie Coleman Drive at Oakland International Airport. Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was the first female African-American aviator. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland Vice Mayor Larry Reid joined Port of Oakland's Director of Aviation Deborah Ale Flint, Tuskegee Airmen local chapter president Dave Cunningham and Bay Area Black Pilots Association representative Dr. Leslee Stradford at the news conference. Students from Ile Omode School performed on the drums and dance.  (photos courtesy of Bay Area News Group)

For more information on Bessie Coleman, go the Black Aviators and Women in Aviation pages.


September 15, 2013

The Turbinophone at Open Cockpit Day

Turbinophone

A great hit at Open Cockpit Day by both young and old, The Turbinophone was built by Kunal Dovedy, a San Francisco entrepreneur, artist and musician.  This interactive sound art installation transforms a turbojet engine commonly found in F-4 Phantoms and F-104 Starfighters into a musical instrument, playable by you to create melodious sounds emanating from the natural construction of a J75/LM1500 turbojet.

Kunal built The Turbinophone at TechShop San Francisco.  He designed a system to display the engine and allow participants to drop ball bearings into the engine.  As the bearings strike each blade, the blades ring naturally, rising in pitch.

The Turbinophone was originally created as an art installation for Burning Man 2013, a week-long art festival in the desert.  It is currently on long-term loan to Oakland Aviation Museum.  Come check it out!



August 11, 2013

Guest Speaker John J. Geoghegan, author of "Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Their Plane to Change the Course of WWII"



Mr. Geoghegan described the riveting true (but little known) story of Japan's top secret plan to use a squadron of underwater aircraft carriers a generation ahead of their time to launch a surprise attack against the US mainland.


August 11, 2013

 Open Cockpit Day at Oakland Aviation Museum


The morning "marine layer" gave way to beautiful blue skies as visitors enjoyed wandering among and sitting in the cockpits of OAM's aircraft.





February 23, 2013

Oakland Aviation Museum welcomes Hiller Ten99 (1099) Helicopter
Generously loaned to OAM by Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA






January 14, 2013

New Aircraft at OAM


Thorp T-3B1 Stands at the Ready in its new Oakland Aviation Museum home.


Cessna 310Q catching some rays outside Oakland Aviation Museum



December 22, 2012
Thorp T-3B1 returns to its original home at Oakland Airport's North Field


Hiller Aviation Museum donated the Thorp T-3 to Oakland Aviation Museum. She was moved today to her new home in OAM's original Boeing School of Aeronautics hangar. The T-3 was designed at the School in the 1930s. She is a one-of-a-kind prototype military trainer.


T-3 loaded and ready to roll

T-3 arriving back home

OAM Volunteers worked fast and completed loading, transport
and unloading between heavy downpours.
Pictured are OAM volunteers - along with the President/CEO of Hiller Museum
.
Bill's Towing provided his vehicle and time to transport the aircraft.
OAM Thanks Everyone Involved



November 3, 2012

OAM Volunteers working to bring recently donated aircraft into building


The plane is a 1990 Glasair (N94XR), built and donated by Lawrence Welter. 
It is in beautiful airworthy condition, with a Lycoming I0-360-B1E engine.





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