On Saturday, June 25, 2016, nine corvettes showed up at the Santa Monica Airport's "Museum of Flying". Thanks to Merrill Eastcott, one of our docent's, he got us preferred parking right in front of the building and free admission. What a treat! Thanks Merrill!
Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the Museum first opened in 1979 at 3200 Airport Avenue. The Museum was founded by Donald Douglas Jr., the second President of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Construction began on the new Museum in early 2010 and the Museum celebrated its grand opening to the public in the new building on February 25, 2012. The Museum collection consists of the many original artifacts related to the Douglas Aircraft Company, a variety of exhibits, aviation art, and features nearly 2 dozen aircraft chronicling the beginning of flight: from a replica Wright Flyer, all the way to the jet age, with the BD-5 micro jet and the FedEx 727 nose section. The Museum also features a broad collection of aviation art, rare artifacts, and ephemera from famous aviators. The museum creates a hands-on interactive and education center for children that included a T-33 cockpit trainer, and a Convair 240 nose.
The Mezzanine of the Museum features a replica of the Douglas Aircraft Company Executive Board room, and recreation of the office of Donald W. Douglas, Founder & Chairman of the Douglas Aircraft Company. The mezzanine also houses the new Museum Theater and Screening Room.