AAA Editor Notes
Museum of Flying is at 3100 Airport Ave. A Douglas DC-3 airplane—nicknamed the “Spirit of Santa Monica”—greets guests on the front lawn of the 22,000-square-foot facility. The aircraft and exhibits focus on southern California's contributions to aviation, including the Santa Monica's Douglas Aircraft Company. Highlights include a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk jet, used by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels; a BD-5J Microjet from “Octopussy,” the 13th James Bond film; a replica of the Wright Flyer, the first successful aircraft built by the Wright brothers; and a replica Lockheed Vega, similar to one Amelia Earhart would have flown on her trans-Atlantic flight.
Two cockpits are visitable. Climb in a 1940s Convair CV-240 "Convairliner," an American Airlines passenger jet; or a Boeing 727, which provides glimpses of the street and Santa Monica Airport. There are also historic photos, aircraft art and memorabilia from famous aviators alongside the nearly two dozen aircraft.