Revisit the supersonic era at San Francisco

San Fran goes supersonic with a display from the fascinating ‘faster than sound’ era.

By David Flynn, December 19 2022
Revisit the supersonic era at San Francisco

If you’re flying out from San Francisco airport between now and November 2023, make some time to visit the airport’s Aviation Museum and its new display on the ‘first generation’ of supersonic flight.

Yes, you read that correctly: SFO has its own museum. 

Located at the international Terminal’s departures level, just before and to the left of the security checkpoint entrance for Boarding Area A, it’s “an architectural adaptation” of the airport’s passenger lobby from the 1930s.

Presented as Supersonic Transport: The First Generation – which indicates optimism for a second generation, perhaps spearheaded by Boom’s Overture – the exhibit covers the Concorde, Boeing 2707 and Russia’s Tupolev Tu-144.

The legacy of these SSTs is covered through aircraft models, airline flight attendant uniforms, meal service sets, photographs, posters, brochures and advertisements.

The San Francisco airport Aviation Museum is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm, except for publicly holidays.