Yesterday I went to the Oakland Aviation Museum. What an interesting place!
Oakland Aviation Museum, formerly called Western Aerospace Museum, was founded in 1981 as a non-profit organization operating an aviation museum located at North Field of Oakland International Airport in Oakland, California. It has over 30 vintage and modern airplanes, both civilian and military, and other displays that highlight noted aviators and innovators.
The Boeing School of Aeronautics was started here in this very spot where the museum is on September 16, 1929. Incredible! It was an entire school dedicated to training pilots, mechanics and other personnel specifically for Boeing Air Transport, the airline subsidiary of the Boeing Airplane Company. The company chose a site at the Oakland Municipal Airport in California, the largest municipal airport in the United States at that time.
You can see more about this wonderful place here: http://www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org/
I took lots of pictures, but here are just two to get started. The first picture was taken inside the building where there are many airplanes and information about all kinds of things related to aeronautics like Jimmy Doolittle who served as an officer in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War. He earned the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid while a lieutenant colonel. There’s a movie called Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo made in 1944 based on the true story of the Doolittle Raid.
The second picture is of a flying boat called the Solent III. I have larger pictures of that which I will post later. During its heyday in the late 1940′s, the Solent III would fly passengers from Southampton, England to Johannesburg, South Africa roundtrip for $1,400, the modern-day equivalent of $35,000. There are three of these flying boats left in the world.