The planned Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport announced the establishment December 10th of the California Aviation Hall of Fame, which will operate as a nonprofit organization and subsidiary entity to the Museum of Flying.

The California Aviation Hall of Fame was created in order to recognize and pay tribute to the aviation visionaries of California who have made significant contributions to the advancement and development of the aviation and aerospace fields, a museum spokesman said. A special section of the new Museum of Flying building will be dedicated to display the Hall of Fame inductees along with images, artifacts, and ephemera of those individuals.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to present and preserve this important piece of California history in the new California Aviation Hall of Fame,” stated David G. Price, chairman of the Museum of Flying. “The aviation and aerospace industries played a key role in the growth of the California economy beginning in the early 1920s and continues to do so today”.

The Museum of Flying has executed a lease with the City of Santa Monica for the location at 3100 Airport Ave. at the Santa Monica Airport. The museum is tentatively scheduled for a grand opening this spring/summer.

Those interested in making contributions to the new Museum of Flying and California Aviation Hall of Fame can do so by accessing the Museum of Flying Web site at