San Diego museum named one of the best aviation museums in the U.S.

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — A local museum was praised as one of the best in the country by a globally recognized magazine.

According to Travel + Leisure, a travel magazine based in New York, the San Diego Air and Space Museum has been named one of the “10 Best Aviation Museums Around the U.S.

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The museum joins the list alongside world-famous institutions including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla.

Located in Balboa Park in the former Ford Building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, the San Diego Air and Space Museum is known for its preservation of San Diego’s rich aviation history.

Founded in 1961, it was formerly known as the San Diego Aerospace Museum until it changed its name in 2006 to better reflect its growing collection.

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The San Diego Air and Space Museum is the only California-based museum on Travel + Leisure’s list. The list was compiled with input by Shea Oakley, an aviation historian and the executive director emeritus at the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey, and Dan Bubb, a former airline pilot and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who specializes in commercial aviation and airport history.

The museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza at Balboa Park. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and California’s official air and space museum and education center.

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