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Oakland Aviation Museum


Yesterday I took my camera club to the Oakland Aviation Museum.  I’d been here before but it’d been probably over a year.  There’s so much history about aviation at this museum, so I included some information about it down below for those who are interested.

May I first start by saying my admission fee was for a SENIOR CITIZEN?????  LOL!  It was my very first discount as a senior.  I’m not sure whether I should laugh or cry.  😛

When I started taking pictures of all the planes I realized that images would be mere snapshots, so I started wandering around looking to see what else I could get.   The first photo is of a shed which housed maintenance tools and it really attracted my eye mainly because of the blue and red objects.  The scene screamed HDR to me, so I took three bracketed photos to create this image.  The second photo of the wheel was tone-mapped, and the third is a lauramacky blue plate special, lol.

Hope you enjoy!

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:


Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

40 thoughts on “Oakland Aviation Museum

  1. Now they give senior discounts to 30 year olds? hehe
    These are terrific images, Laura. I think your processing is spot on for these subjects. Bravo!

  2. I love air museums and the history. Thanks Laura for the share and wonderful images>

  3. PS my condolences on the age thing lol!! But hey cheaper admissions etc yay!

  4. wonderful to get those nice shots
    having been honored upon admission 🙂

  5. Great photos Laura! and haha you utilized your discount well 😀 😀

  6. My hair started going white when I was 22. In my thirties, playing rugby, a cry was heard in the scrum: ‘Get the old bloke’

  7. Two thoughts: 1. Thanks for bringing the museum to our attention. It is now on my bucket list, for sure. and 2. You get used to, and even begin to look for senior passes and benefits. Make sure, if you do not already have it, that you get your Senior Passport for National Parks. Will almost make you happy you qualify! 😉

    • Glad you are interested in the museum. It’s so full of history! At 56 years old, I had no idea I would qualify for senior discounts. I’m laughing here. It just seems sorta young but maybe I’m in denial! lol

  8. Hello, fellow senior. Haven’t reached 60, 62 or 65 yet, but I have my share of senior discounts at the buffet places. Occasionally, I’m still carded when ordering adult beverages. The daughters have a good laugh about that. 🙂

  9. Cool shots! There’s an Aviation Museum near us that we haven’t been to in a while; I just drove past it yesterday; we should to there again!

  10. Certain we take the snapshots then look for the real images…you did well in finding some good ones. My suggestion on the “discount” is to accept THEIR error – take the money and run!

  11. I only take the senior discount if asked. And then only after scowling fiercely. I love museums.

  12. It’s shocking to get a senior citizen discount! I also got my first entering the sand sculpture exhibition a couple of week ago. They are very generous nowadays giving these discounts to young people 🙂 But such a shock can be a boost to creativity, your images are great! As always 😀

  13. Clever you! Love love the HDR. And Dan is right … 30 yr olds? 🙂

  14. Senior discount???????? OMG! Laura. hahaha 😛 30, I like that. 🙂

  15. Such a wonderful place… gotta love Aviation 😀
    Lovely artful images.

  16. *shock* Have they lowered the senior age to 27? OH WOW! I’ve just about fallen off my chair. Now I must move to California so that I too can get that senior discount, I being 26. And oh, about your processing, way to go!!! Gorgeous all the way round!!! Loved them, Laura! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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