Flight sparks the imagination, which is why authors routinely launch themselves from catapults to cure writer’s block. Gain inspiration with today’s Groupon to Aerospace Museum of California in McClellan. Choose between the following options:
- For $8, you get two all-ages admission tickets (up to a $16 value).
- For $13, you get a family four-pack of tickets (up to a $28 total value), which includes:
- Two adult or senior admission tickets (up to an $8 value).
- Two youth, student, or child admission tickets (up to a $6 value).<p>
A collection of 40 military and civilian aircraft dazzle aviation enthusiasts at Aerospace Museum of California. A F-86 Sabre jet sits idly in their outdoor air park near a dynamically displayed Pitts Special S-1C, and an F-14 Tomcat snags the attention of visitors with tales of high-altitude sorties and brushes with Hollywood fame. Museum explorers can also investigate Apollo replicas and memorabilia, such as reproductions of Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit, collected artwork depicting Coast Guard rescues, and more then 20 restored, vintage aircraft engines. Though not included in today’s Groupon, aspiring aeronauts can step inside a replicated cockpit and fly through the skies in a full-motion simulator to experience a pilot’s breathtaking viewpoint and inability to stop and ask for directions.
Aerospace Museum of California
A pilot sinks into her cockpit, buckles up, checks the controls, and gets ready for takeoff. The engine hums to life and soon the ground rolls beneath her, until she lifts away and the buildings nearby shrink to the size of dust motes. But there's something unusual with the scene: the pilot isn't old enough to see a PG-13 movie let alone pilot an aircraft. That's because the Aerospace Museum of California doesn't let age become a barrier to flight. Children of all sizes climb into airplanes, pilot virtual jets in simulators, and experiment with the physics of flight while adults do the same, exploring the history of aviation both on Earth and beyond.
More than 37,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits chronicle everything from the very first airplanes made of cloth and wood to futuristic Mars-destined craft made of space-wood. Some of the museum’s prize possessions include the McDonnell-Douglas A-4C Skyhawk I, better known as one of the Blue Angels’ stunt rides, and the Grumman F-14D Tomcat, just like the one co-starring in the 1986 film Top Gun. The Fun with Physics exhibit hammers home the idea of hands-on learning, letting young engineers play with simple machines, whereas the engine room dishes up eye-candy for motorheads, including specimens from 1910’s Le Rhone to the marvels that propelled the Titan rockets.
3200 Freedom Park Dr.
McClellan, California 95652