HANDCRAFTED & KIT CAR
This S.F. Bay Area annual event will be
held at Oakland Aviation Museum during OAM’s Open Cockpit Day, Sunday September
Amelia Rose Earhart Homecoming Celebration - Friday, July 11, 2014
Oakland Aviation Museum welcomed Amelia Rose Earhart home as she landed in Oakland and set the record as the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine aircraft.
June 26, 2014
Amelia 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
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. The SFWA exhibit at OAM will run through August 1, 2014.
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
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.
Yelp "Flight Night" at OAM
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
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
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, 2013New Aircraft at OAMThorp 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 rollT-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.