El Cajon, California: Atlas Rocket and Other Aircraft

This out-of-the-way place is where the San Diego Air and Space Museum has its restoration and replica workshops. The Atlas rocket stands out front: an unusual 2-B, built on April 4, 1960. More than 500 Atlas rockets were built in San Diego.

San Diego Air and Space Museum: Gillespie Field Annex

Address:
335 Kenney St., El Cajon, CA
Directions:
San Diego Air and Space Museum: Gillespie Field Annex. Northeast edge of the city, near the intersection of Hwys 52 and 67.
Hours:
Rocket always visible; museum open M, W-F 8-3 (Call to verify)
Phone:
619-258-1221
Admission:
Free
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Atlas Rocket and Other Aircraft

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Winged car.

Gillespie Field - Rocket and Plane Restoration

There's an interesting aircraft collection about 15 miles northeast of San Diego's Air & Space Museum, at Gillespie Field. It's a facility where retired aircraft workers perform restoration and replica creation of planes, missiles and other items that may end up at the main museum, so it's more of a warts-and-all view of flight history. The Gillespie Field Annex Museum is free, and there's always something to see. Don't drop by on a weekend, as we did; they are open during the work week.

We spotted a winged car, the Flying Citroen, which might be a replica, and didn't appear to be capable of spending much time in the air...

The upright Atlas rocket in front of the museum is permanent, and an easy visual aid for finding the museum.

[03/12/2014]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Creation and Earth History MuseumCreation and Earth History Museum, Santee, CA - 1 mi.
Unarius Academy of ScienceUnarius Academy of Science, El Cajon, CA - 2 mi.
Giant Mary and Toddler JesusGiant Mary and Toddler Jesus, El Cajon, CA - 3 mi.
In the region:
The Last Rain Forest, San Diego, CA - 12 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

October 17, 2017

My Sights

My Sights

Save Cool Vacation Destinations!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

California Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Teapot Dome Gas Station, Zillah, Washington (Oct 16-22, 2017)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Nearby Hotels and Motels, El Cajon, California

Nightly rates found:

Book Online Now