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A Cut Above Airplane Models from the SFO Museum Collection


 Charles Schuler 
Director of Marketing & Communications 
San Francisco International Airport
(650) 821-5031

A Cut Above: Airplane Models from the SFO Museum Collection
New exhibition presents exceptional examples of airplane models from SFO Museum’s Aviation Collection. 

SAN FRANCISCO Model aircraft have helped airlines, aerospace professionals, and aviation enthusiasts envision the history and technological triumphs of flight in miniature scale for over a century. Building models became a widespread hobby, and flying remote-controlled model aircraft also evolved into a popular sport. As commercial airlines rapidly updated their fleets with more advanced airliners, they contracted with premier model makers to create minutely detailed models to promote their new aircraft, including cutaway models with intricate cabin interiors. This exhibition presents a selection of thirteen outstanding display and remote-control flying airplane models from the collections of SFO Museum.

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A Cut Above: Airplane Models from the SFO Museum Collection can be viewed pre-security in the Mayor Edwin M. Lee International Departures Hall, San Francisco International Airport. This exhibition is on display for all Airport visitors from March 2, 2024, to January 26, 2025. There is no charge to view the exhibition.

About SFO Museum

Established in 1980 by the Airport Commission, SFO Museum’s mission is to delight, engage, and inspire a global audience with programming on a broad range of subjects; to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history of commercial aviation; and to enrich the public experience at San Francisco International Airport. The Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1999 and retains the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport.

Today, SFO Museum operates more than twenty-five sites throughout the Airport terminals, including fourteen galleries that exhibit a rotating schedule of art, history, photography, science, and cultural exhibitions. Among the sites is the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, which houses a permanent collection of more than 160,000 objects related to the history of commercial aviation. To browse current and past exhibitions, research our collection, or for more information, please visit Follow us on,, or

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