Today we visited the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica Airport where they have a nice collection of historic airplanes and local aviation history. It's a genuine aeronautical reliquary with intentions of being a serious museum, but are still some climb-on fun-times for little kids, not least of which is the nose of a Boeing 727. (The 727 was once owned by FedEx and now embedded in the side of the building and available for little pilots to visit.) This was a very pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon, not least because the museum is bright and clean and very well-appointed for parents and kids alike!
|Jackson checks out one of the planes parked outdoors.|
|Cockpit simulator, once used for training real pilots, now used for thrilling little boys with big imaginations.|
|Pilot does his pre-flight checks...|
|...and then pulls back on the throttle for takeoff!|
|Jackson and copilot at the controls of the 727. Direct quote: "Ready for takeoff. We're going to Burning Man!"|
|In another part of the airport they have an observation platform where you can watch the planes takeoff and land, while listening to radio traffic from the control tower.|