Today, as I was wandering around, I heard the sweet sound of a twin engine
aircraft. The sound reminded me that I haven't been to the Hiller Aviation
Museum in some time.
Let's just say the ride North to San Carlos was quick but did begin with a
trip to Kal's. A local hamburger joint that happens to serve good old fashion
breakfast. A great way to start the day!
Commuters pass by the museum, located just off of Highway 101 at Holly Street,
and see this.
A sculpture outside the museum
Hiller Aviation features planes and exhibits that chronicle aviation in Northern
California. Notably, the Hiller Aviation Company of which Stanley Hiller Jr. is
the founder. Hiller Aviation was located in East Palo Alto and employed almost
2000 people during it's heyday. Hiller spent most of his career designing and
building helicopters for the military.
One of the largest displays is this
And the flight deck looks like this
Many of the more modern jet liners, including this Boeing SST were restored
with assistance from United Airlines Mechanics.
Here's model of the SST's cabin layout
A mockup of the old Stanford wind tunnel
Suspended from the ceiling is this Boeing Condor. It's wing span
is enormous. 201 feet. Almost the entire length of the museum.
Powered by a six cylinder engine, the plane was capable of flights
lasting 80 hours. Not to worry, it's an unmanned aircraft.
Also featured is this NASA Swing Wing aircraft
And something you've likely seen at an air show somewhere, a
One of the old Pan Am flying boats crashed North East of San
Carlo near Chico California. A plaque just outside the museum
honors those that perished.
Hope you enjoyed my visit to the Hiller Aviation Museum and I
leave you with the obligatory ride shot, a view through the
windscreen of San Francisco. Trust me, it's straight in front