The history of aviation is full of singular achievements that changed the course of history, such as the day Wilbur Wright figured out how to grill steaks on the engine of his biplane. Learn more about great aviators with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $10 for two adult admission tickets (a $20 value)
- $20 for four adult admission tickets (a $40 value)
- $30 for a one-year family membership for up to five (a $60 value)
Membership perks include discounts at the gift shop, a subscription to the quarterly newsletter, and a free tour of the Solent III flying boat that was used in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Oakland Aviation Museum
In the 1940’s, the Boeing School of Aeronautics hangar at Oakland International Airport’s North Field housed some of the company’s brightest aeronautical engineers. Their work produced several early Boeing planes, including the Thorp T-3 and T-5, both of which are now on display thanks to the hangar’s current resident, the Oakland Aviation Museum.
Most of the museum’s exhibits focus on celebrating local aviation history, such as The American Legion’s involvement in the Bay Area and the history of native Californian and Medal of Honor awardee General James “Jimmy” Doolittle. However, the museum’s collection of aircraft features a broader mix, including a replica of the Wright Brothers’ EX Vin Fiz, a TAV-8A Herrier that can take off and land vertically, and the Short Solent III flying boat that was used in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
More interactive sites include flight simulators, a kid’s area, a research library, and occasional Open Cockpit Days that let visitors climb into the cockpit of a real Korean fighter jet and turn the radio up really loud. The knowledgeable staff operates the museum with the goal of both educating visitors about aviation’s proud history on the West Coast and throughout the U.S., as well as to inspire visitors by linking aviation’s past to the future of aeronautical invention.