Above: Artist Mike Machat’s spectacular 20-foot-wide
mural depicts the Douglas DC- 1 through DC- 10 and is one
of many impressive offerings at the Museum of Flying in
Santa Monica CA. Photo by Chad Slattery.
Right: One of several colorful displays at the Museum of
Flying offers builders inspiration for their next projects.
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Flying.
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by Dennis Norman
During a visit to Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of visiting the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California. There I saw a new and flourishing
collection of airplanes and aviation artifacts.
On display were Wright Flyer and Lockheed Vega
replicas; beautifully restored originals of a Cessna 172,
Howard DGA- 15, MD- 11 Winglet, Waco GXE Model
10, and Yak 3; handsome exhibits about Howard Hughes
and the Douglas World Cruiser; and (for detail buffs) full
cockpits of the Boeing 727-200 and the Lockheed T- 33.
The Museum of Flying also has a delightful children’s
section, complete with a K- 3 program that teaches basic
flight terms such as pitch, yaw, and roll, and how they
affect flight. For art lovers, there is a magnificent new
20-foot-wide mural by aviation artist Michael Machat,
depicting Douglas airliners from the DC- 1 through the
its displays with
items from storage and guarantees a refreshing new batch
of exhibits for repeat visitors. If you visit the Los Angeles
area, the Museum of Flying is a must see.
On the subject of must-see items, Dan and Carole
Kane are marketing a new, all-sheet, fun model under the
name of Connie Conrod—a 1950s model airplane cartoon
character. The model is powered by the Jetex 50 rocket
The whimsical kit features high-quality, laser-cut balsa,
clear construction plans, and a colorful scheme. Priced at
$10, it will give you at least $100 worth of building and
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