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Zero Hero Speaker Series:  Reaching For Zero
February 26, 2020, 12pm to 1pm

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New Museum Exhibition - Aluminum: The Miracle Metal of Aviation

New exhibition presents a survey of the use of aluminum in aviation over the last century

Without aluminum, the rapid advancement of aviation in the twentieth century would have been impossible. Aluminum’s lightness, strength, malleability, and durability was unmatched by any other material.  Easily formed into a wide range of shapes, and combined with other metallic elements to form alloys, aluminum continues to have desirable qualities for many aeronautical applications.  Aircraft have flown higher, farther, and faster with engines, wings, control surfaces, and internally braced, semi-monocoque, streamlined fuselages made of this miracle metal.  Exhibited objects include a seat from a DC-3, an airplane door, a DC-9 jet engine intake cowling, a Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engine, and fuselage sections—all illustrating the variety of uses for aluminum in aviation during the past century.  

Visit https://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/aluminum-miracle-metal-aviation for more information on the exhibition.    


Aluminum: The Miracle Metal of Aviation is located pre-security in the Aviation Museum and Library in the International Terminal of San Francisco International Airport. This exhibition is on view to all Airport visitors from March 16, 2019, to September 15, 2019.  There is no charge to view the exhibition. The Aviation Museum and Library is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, closed holidays.