SFO Museum Model Aircraft

SFO Museum Model Aircraft Continuous Exhibition

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April 2020

SFO Museum Model Aircraft

Model aircraft play a unique role in the imagination of aviation enthusiasts of all ages. They help contextualize the heroic stories and technological triumphs of flight. In many cases, the original aircraft are lost to history, but these small-scale representations remain as a reminder of that innovative past. The processes and materials employed by model makers are as varied as the aviation industry itself. This essay of images focuses on select examples from the more than two thousand models held in the collection of SFO Museum. We hope the enlargement of details provides an opportunity to return our gaze to the art of the model makers, which can be easily overlooked when focusing on these historical recreations. 

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