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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:   http://www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org/


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Oakland Aviation Museum – Part 2

A few days ago I posted two images from the Oakland Aviation Museum.  I won’t repost all the text, but if you’re interested you can go to my previous post to find out more about this fascinating place!

Additional pictures are here in this gallery for your viewing pleasure.  🙂


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Oakland Aviation Museum

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.

Window panes

Solent III "Flying Boat"