Two months prior to its scheduled opening, the Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport has received a $100,000 donation from the Board of Directors of the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California.
Awarded through the Donald W. Douglas Trust, the check was presented to museum officials during a ceremony Sept. 13 at the site of the new museum at 3100 Airport Ave.
“We are delighted to have partnered with the Employees Community Fund of Boeing and the Donald W. Douglas Trust on the Douglas DC-3 Monument and are very pleased that they will be providing a gift to the museum project”, said David G. Price, chairman and president of the museum.
The Museum of Flying is currently scheduled to open in November and will prominently feature exhibits on the Douglas Aircraft Company, which was based at the airport and produced such iconic aircraft as the DC-3, along with the history of the Santa Monica Airport.
The collection will display about two dozen aircraft covering aviation history from a Wright Flyer replica through aircraft from the jet age. The museum will also provide a hands-on interactive area where children can enter aircraft cockpit trainers and a Boeing 727 nose section.
One-of-a-kind aircraft models, a large collection of aviation art, and the personal effects of some famous aviators are among other features of the museum, which includes a replica of the Douglas Aircraft Boardroom, a media room with state-of-the-art projection and surround sound, and a conference and reception area.
The new facility will offer special presentations and lectures and will be available by reservation for children’s school tours.
The museum is currently on a capital campaign to raise $4 million in support of the construction of the new building and exhibits. Donations can be made on the museum website at www.museumofflying.com, or mailed to Museum of Flying, 2425 Olympic Blvd., Suite 650 East, Santa Monica, CA 90404.