The Aviator Newsletter

Updated: Jul 11, 2021

Vol. 1, No. 1


From the Oakland Aviation Museum – We hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


 

We hope you had a happy holiday and have had a wonderful start to 2019! We first wanted to give our thanks to you, for being a part of the Oakland Aviation Museum Family! We hope that this new quarterly newsletter will provide you with some interesting reading as well as peaks your interest in what is going on at the Oakland Aviation Museum.


2018 was a great year! We rounded off the year with the addition of some highly talented Board members and some talented volunteers who will be helping us to implement some strategic plans that we have been formulating over the past few months.


We have added our first STEM program and modified our mission statement to include educational and historical resources to support that project. The STEM program will focus on children in the K1 through K4 group. This activity will continually expand to provide some classroom and summer camp learning.

  • We have initiated aircraft restoration projects on two of our U.S. Navy aircraft – A-3 Skywarrior and the A-6 Intruder. These projects will expand to include other aircraft as time goes on. Your help in this project is greatly appreciated. If you have experience with aircraft restoration, or would like to learn, please contact us.

  • We have also planned for additional funding to help with our landscaping and equipment improvements.

  • We have introduced some interactive displays and will continue providing more.

  • We now have a dedicated event planner to help with orchestrating weddings, company functions and more.

  • We have some surveys completed on suggestions for improving your enjoyment during your visits to the museum. We hope you will provide us with any suggestion you may have.

  • And, as always, your generous donations and your membership also help since aircraft restoration and other museum activities can be a bit expensive.


Best Regards,

John Horton

President, Oakland Aviation Museum Board of Trustees.


 

Historical Moment


From the OAM Collection
Boeing School of Aeronautics Brochure

Did you know that the museum building was once Boeing School of Aeronautics? Well, did you know that this year our building it turning 90 years old!


The Boeing School was founded in 1929. Starting out with a staff of 19 and a class of 100 students, within a decade the school would over quadruple in size. By the 1940’s the school was also helping to train 5,000 U.S. Army Mechanics!


During World War to, the use of the facilities shifted and after the war the building was still used by Boeings’ parent company, United, under the new name United Air Line Training Center until its closing in 1945.