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Hiller Aviation Museum

2007-09-03 16:58:16.15877+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Yesterday we drove down on to the peninsula to visit the Hiller Aviation Museum and hang out with Chris. I've driven by the Hiller Aviation Museum a bunch of times but never been in it, and Chris has come up here enough that we definitely owed him a visit.

Traffic was clear, despite the Bay Bridge closure (although look at traffic the other way makes me think that most of that was lucky timing), the museum was fun, they've got a working reconstruction of the first powered aircraft (an unpiloted blimp/fixed-wing combo thingie that looks like it escaped from a Miyizaki film, from the mid 1800s), a number of early gliders, two old Curtiss Pushers, on up through the cockpits from a 737, 747 and one of the SST mockups. With a focus on the Hiller helicopters, all sorts of wild wacky and cool technologies.

And hanging out with Chris was a lot of fun.

Aaaand, while we were sitting outside of Whole Paycheck having a late afternoon chat we got in a conversation with a guy who's big into kayaking, so I may have to make a trek down there early some morning and go paddle around the bay.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-09-03 21:48:56.173334+00 by: Larry Burton

I love those aviation museums. I could spend days walking around in awe of those old airplanes. I've been treated to having a Ford Trimotor flying over my house this weekend. It's taking people for 15 minute flights for $50 over at Briscoe Field. Gerri can't understand why I stop the yard work and just stare up at it while it flies over.