Gillespie Field Annex
In 1984, the San Diego Air & Space Museum opened its 10,000 square foot hangar at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. This storage and restoration facility is located at the northeastern corner of the airport and visitors can view various aircraft in the Air & Space Museum’s collection. Numerous examples of large military jets, private sport aircraft and small racing planes are stored and displayed at the Annex. You can walk right up to, and in to many of them getting up close and personal with these aviation marvels!
The restoration shops at Gillespie, like those in the basement of the Museum’s main location in Balboa Park, are staffed by highly skilled volunteers. In addition to repairing various historic aircraft, the volunteers build planes from scratch, which they did with the splendid Sop with Pup on display in the Museum’s World War I Gallery.
Of local significance, a Convair F-102A Delta Dagger was completely restored at the Annex. Delta Daggers were built in San Diego at Convair’s Lindbergh Field plant in the mid-1950s. Many of the volunteers who participated in preservation efforts actually worked on the F-102 while employed by Convair/General Dynamics.
The Annex is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and there is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted.