The San Diego Air & Space Museum is focusing on competition, record setting and racing throughout 2018, with the museum’s planes, jets, cars, space vehicles, motorcycles, and more – including some of the fastest vehicles known to mankind – having their top speeds posted next to them for everyone to enjoy.
The heart of the museum’s year-long celebration of speed is a new special exhibition, SPEED: Science in Motion – a fun, interactive adventure of everything fast.
The museum invited Scitech and Imagine Exhibitions to bring SPEED: Science in Motion to augment the world’s fastest aircraft and space vehicles already on display at the museum, including the record-setting Mach 3 plus Blackbird, which set numerous records for the fastest speeds achieved in an airplane while flying at more than 2,200 miles per hour.
Also at the Air & Space Museum is the original Apollo 9 capsule, the predecessor of Apollo 10, which set the record for the fastest speed in space by traveling 24,791 miles per hour on May 26, 1969. The Bell X-1 replica prominently displayed in the museum’s rotunda ushered in the supersonic age when it broke the sound barrier on Oct. 14, 1947.
The museum will change out the display vehicles in SPEED: Science in Motion every month, beginning with Land-Speed Record-Holders in February. Presently on display is the famous Arfons Green Monster car, which set records at more than 600 miles per hour in 1965; Ack Attack, the fastest motorcycle in the world at 376.4 mph; Ferguson Racing’s Paramount Forge SCTA record holder streamliner car with a top speed of 349.939 mph at Bonneville in 2016; a national LSR holder1963 Studebaker Avanti, with Best Standing Mile of 185.4 mph; a record-setting Moto Guzzi motorcycle, with a top speed of 170.856 mph; the Bagnell-Chenowth Racing 500cc motorcycle land speed record holder with a top speed of 130.672 mph; a specially-designed bicycle used by Denise Mueller to set the Women’s LSR at 147.7 mph; a rare Belly Tank Car; and an iconic 1920s Miller Indy Car.
“This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the most iconic Land-Speed Record-Holders together in the same place for the first time ever,” said Jim Kidrick, president and CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. “Throughout 2018, SPEED: Science in Motion offers an exciting lineup of the fastest planes, jets, rockets, cars, motorcycles, boats, and bicycles in the world. Don’t miss it!”
SPEED: Science in Motion runs through 2018. Tickets are available at the door. The museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego. The museum and gift store are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with admissions until 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
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