Current weather

San Diego, CA
Overcast, mist, light rain
53.6 °F

How Things Fly

2012-11-21 10:00 am - 4:30 pm


San Diego Air & Space Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA
(619) 234-8291


Event Website


Additional admission required.

Visit the four zones of How Things Fly: Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Meteorology and Air Traffic Control—each giving an insight into the wonder of flight.

Aerodynamics: Experience a flight with today’s modern squirrel suit jumpers as they soar around a mountain. Learn how to fly a helicopter and experience a real wind tunnel.

Propulsion: See real, historic & modern day engines in operation. Also enjoy a series of non-operating engines such as the mammoth 28 cylinder Pratt and Whitney 4360. Enter a special listening dome that plays the actual sounds of several engines as they fly overhead.

Meteorology: Explore the effects of weather on aircraft and flight planning. View a weather balloon with “radiosonde,” a functioning weather station, videos of weather patterns and phenomena that affect the safety of flight, live NEXRAD radar, and create a lighting storm in a Van de Graf machine.

Air Traffic Control: Enter the world of air traffic control and witness the importance it plays in aviation safety. View live radar and air traffic control communications at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport and even our own Lindbergh Field and try to control the aircraft at the training station.

Additional admission required: