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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 OAMís 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 Museumís needs.  

Next Open Cockpit Day

Father's Day, Sunday  June 15th       Noon - 4PM

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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

 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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