Monday, November 13, 2017

Oakland Aviation Museum


I finally got to the Oakland Aviation Museum near the Oakland Airport. So happy to finally go and did not disappoint, in fact it exceeded my expectations which were high. The place is just too cool and it has a lot of history in it. This blog is dedicated to the artifacts there and the next blog on Wednesday will be about the planes they have there.  One of things I learned is that Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area have a huge aviation history:


Bust of Feng Ru , who designed and constructed the first successful "aeroplane" on the Pacific Coast in 1909












And with the former Alameda Naval Base and Air Station nearby:


A-6 Intruder tailhook
1965 APH-3 flight helmet
Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, an aviation pioneer was born in Alameda and the main street out the museum is named for him
Flag from the USS Lexington (CV2) which was sunk at the battle of Coral Sea in 1942

Finally Amelia Earhart flew from the Oakland Airport many times as a pioneer in aviation. Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan departed Oakland Airport May, 21 1937, for Miami, FL, to begin her second attempt at world circumnavigation. After completing 2/3rds of the journey, they were last heard from on July 2nd, 1937, on approach to Howland Island in the Pacific. Earhart and Noonan were never found and their final whereabouts remains a mystery.:


Amelia Earhart at Oakland Airport
The Oakland Aviation Museum is a hidden gem that if you get a chance, you need to visit.

Almost forgot, I will be doing family stuff next week and don't know how much I will be on. I am thankful for all that reads this blog. Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

20 comments:

  1. What an interesting museum nice phtos you took too :-)

    Have a tanfastic week :-)

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  2. ...a great collection of memorabilia, the signs are my favorite. Little did I know that Railway Express had an Air Express Division. I appreciate having you stop by, I hope to see you again.

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  3. What an excellent museum to visit. I am glad you did.
    MB

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  4. Interesting museum and so much to see. Amelia Earhart has always fascinated me.

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  5. There's so much history here; so much to soak up and learn. Thanks for linking to #sharethejoylinky

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  6. Very appropriate for Veteran's Day! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I like the old poster: Keep Flying Buy War Bonds

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  8. These pictures are amazing. Thanks for taking us along for the ride and sharing this at Celebrate Your Story.

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  9. Very cool!
    Thanks for linking up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/11/cars-were-classy-back-then.html

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  10. HOLY COW! Did not disappoint indeed! This place is awesome my friend... even a pic of Amelia Earhart! Totally cool!

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  11. My brother and brother-in-law would love to visit that museum, Patrick. I'll have to share this post with them. Thanks for taking us along!

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  12. What a lovely place to spend an afternoon. I too love history and I would enjoy this. I don't live very far from Oakland.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday and enjoy your family on Thanksgiving next week. ☺

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  13. Hadn't heard of this one. Looks like a fascinating place that I would like to check out if I am in the area some day. Thanks for sharing. http://LittleMissHISTORY.com

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  14. Patrick,

    What a fun exhibition! I loved to see some of this stuff, especially the Amelia Earhart memorabilia. Thanks for joining and linking up with me today!

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  15. Interesting. Earhart was a courageous lady, pushing boundaries in more ways than one.

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  16. When we lived in California we loved to fly to Oakland. From there we could take the BART to San Francisco. It was much easier than actually flying to San Francisco International Airport. - Margy

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  17. Another fascinating post thanks Patrick. Always a pleasure having you link up at #overthemoon.

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  18. We have an air museum here as well. It's fun taking the boys to it.

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  19. Thanks for sharing! Looks like a great place!

    My husband and I visited a similar museum in New Hampshire that we thoroughly enjoyed. :-)

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