OAM's collection of artifacts, archival and library
materials is the result of generous donations and
support of people within the community and across the U.S. It has taken many years to collect and catalog items. The
collection continues to grow as will this page as new items are added to
the collection and additional information is brought online. If you wish to make a donation to OAM's collection, please contact us.
The Exhibit Page is the beginning of your Aviation Adventure. Here you will find a small tidbit of information about the specific exhibit. The real adventure is when you personally visit and explore the various exhibits and aircraft on display at Oakland Aviation Museum.
Click the button next to the exhibit for addition information on that exhibit.
8th Air Force -
- During World War II, under the leadership of such Generals as
Eaker and Jimmy Doolittle, the 8th AF became the greatest air armada in
history. By mid-1944, the 8th AF had reached a total strength of more
than 200,000 people. At its peak, the 8th AF had the ability to launch more than 2,000 four-engine bombers and 1,000 fighters on
a single mission.
Aircraft Engines -
- Explore the many aircraft engines on display. Get up close and personal with a jet fighter engine.
American Legion - WWI & WWII
- Amelia Earhart is know for her efforts to circumnavigate the globe. She disappeared during her second attempt.
- First Attempt - On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1937, Earhart and her crew flew the first leg from Oakland, California to Honolulu,
Hawaii. In addition to Earhart and Noonan, Harry Manning and Mantz (who
was acting as Earhart's technical advisor) were on board.
- Second Attempt - This time flying west to east, the second attempt began with an unpublicized flight from Oakland to Miami,
Florida, and after arriving there Earhart publicly announced her plans
to circumnavigate the globe. The flight's opposite direction was partly
the result of changes in global wind and weather patterns along the
planned route since the earlier attempt.
Oakland International Airport Aviation Hall of Fame
- This exhibit - sponsored by The American Legion, Department of California, Aerospace Commission - chronicles the activities of the American Legion and their involvement in the aerospace industry and in California, and as mush as possible, the local Bay Area.
- The exhibit includes story boards, models, aircraft items, uniforms and helmets.
- Information and photos on the 356 Aero Service Squadron, US Army
Aviation History Room -
- This exhibit is a series of plaques that showcase famous aviators with a connection to the Oakland Airport.
- Individual plaques are Edward Joseph Daly, Harold T. "Bizz" Johnson, Amelia Earhart, Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, Charles A. Lindbergh, Aret Goebel and Martin Jensen, Earnest L. Smith and Emory B. Bronte, Lester J. Maitland and Albert F. Hegenberger.
Evolution of Black Americans in Aviation and Space -
- The OAM Aviation History Room explore aviation history, primarily from the US Navy perspective dating from the lighter-than-air airships to the modern day Nuclear Navy.
- Historical periods are on display with aircraft and ship models, paintings, training items and an actual A6 Tailhook.
F-14 Pinball Machine
- This exhibit is the beginning of the epic story of the evolution of Black American in Aviation and Space.
- Black Americans, both men and women, have left their legacy in the skies over the United States and around the world. From commercial enterprises to war veterans, these brave men and women opened the aviation frontier to all that would follow.
General James "Jimmy" Doolittle -
- The F-14 Electronic pinball machine game was manufactured by Williams Electronic Games, Inc. in 1987 during the Cold War. This is an all time favorite game with very smooth play, great sounds and light show (including spinning beacons) and great music.
- Game play - You are an F-14 pilot engaging General Yagov who appears to be Russian. He addresses you as Comrade during game play.
- Proceeds from game play goes to the F-14 restoration project.
- Born at Alameda, California, Doolittle was a junior at the University of California when the
United States entered World War I. He enlisted as a flying cadet in the
Army Signal Corps. He spent the war as a flying
instructor in the United States.
- Remaining in the Army after the war, he earned
a B.A. degree and then studied aeronautical engineering at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he received both a Masters
and Doctors degree in science. He took a leave of absence from the Army
in the period before World War II,but returned to active duty when the
- He was awarded the Medal of Honor, and promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General for leading the first carrier-based
bomber attack on mainland Japan in 1942.
McDonnel Douglas Commercial Aviation
Norden Bombsight -
- Detailed models commercial aircraft manufactured by McDonnel Douglas are diplayed in a glass enclosure in the Main Hangar Area.
Oakland Aviation Museum Library (by appointment only)
- The Norden bombsight was crucial to the success of
the U.S. Army Air Forces' daylight bombing campaign during World War
II. Initially developed by Carl Norden for the U.S. Navy, the Army Air
Corps acquired its first Norden bombsight in 1932. Highly classified, it
gave American forces bombing accuracy unmatched by any other nation at
- The OAM library is an extensive collection of books, magazines, operating and repair manuals plus many treasures. Access to the library collection is by appointment only. Aviation historians use the library resources to document and explore specific aircraft and general aviation.
- Among the items in the library are:
- History of Almost Every Aircraft Ever Made
- World Wide History of Air Forces and Air Lines
- World Wide History of Military and Commercial Pilots
- Collections of Private Individual Donated Libraries
Transocean Air Lines
- The Oakland Aviation Museum shows a continuous running movie illustration the history of the Oakland Airport.
Women in Aviation
- The story of Transocean is displayed in photographs on the walls of the two rooms of the exhibit, and includes those of flight crews, ground crews, mechanics, and office personnel. It took almost a quarter century to accumulate the 300 items in the Transocean Air Lines exhibit at the Oakland Aviation Museum.
- Display cases in each of the rooms are filled with various TAL mementoes, such as ashtrays, radio operator headsets, navigational instruments, gifts from the Shah of Iran, employee badges, travel posters, amechanic’s coveralls, brochures for the “Friendship
- Women have made a significant contribution to aviation since Blanche Scott became the first
woman pilot when, in 1910, the plane that she was allowed to taxi
mysteriously became airborne. In 1911, Harriet Quimby became the first licensed woman pilot. Many have followed.
- The Women in Aviation Exhibit walks you through aviation history and tells of the women that paved the runway for women today.
World Airways -
- World Airways was founded in 1948 and has provided charter airline
service continuously since that time. It originally offered passenger service between New York and
San Juan with a fleet of three Boeing 314 Clippers. Baroviche Steamship Company
acquired the company briefly before entrepreneur Edward Daly bought the
fledgling airline for $50,000 in 1950.
- World Airways provided supplemental airlift to the U.S. military during
the Korean conflict, and in 1956, received a contract to fly refugees fleeing
the Hungarian revolution from Europe to the United States. That was the first
of many humanitarian missions World would operate in the years ahead. The
airline played a major role during the Vietnam conflict by moving military personnel
and materiel across the Pacific. By the late 60s, World had a fleet of six Boeing
727-100s, five 707-373Cs, and broke ground on the World Air Center at Oakland