When the Museum of Flying opened in 1989, it was located not in a downtown area, or next to other museums, but probably at the best place it could be: an airport.
And if you visited the Santa Monica Airport in the decade or so that followed, you saw a number of planes that chronicled the arc of flight, from its early years to more modern times. But the institution shuttered in 2002; planes were stowed here and there and some were loaned out.
Now, just about a decade later, the museum is set to take off once more. The Museum of Flying reopens on Saturday, Feb. 25 with a grand ribbon cutting.
Inside on this go-around? Two dozen planes that tell the story of the sky. A Wright replica is in the collection, says a rep, as well as more zoom-zoom engines like the BD-5 micro jet.
Admission is five bucks, but if you're a wing-loving kid who is five and under, you get in for free.