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Alameda

Alameda Naval Air Museum
Alameda Point, Bldg. 77
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 522-4262
See website for Open Times
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The Alameda Naval Air Museum is home to a unique collection of artifacts and exhibits emphasizing the role of the Alameda Naval Air Station in the defense of our nation and as an integral part of the local community for over 50 years. The historic legacy of the Alameda Naval Air Station will be preserved at the Alameda Naval Air Museum located in the former Air Terminal Building #77 at Alameda Point. The museum will feature archival materials, photographs and stories of the war workers of World War II up to the eventual closing of the base in 1997.

This project was made possible by a grant for building upgrades from the Economic Development Agency and the city of Alameda. To date, some $750,000 worth of improvements have been made to Building #77 to meet all code requirements of the City of Alameda. Volunteers established the Alameda Naval Air Museum as an educational community center which will tell the story of it's beginnings in support of the Pacific Fleet in World War II and it's subsequent decades of service to the nation during Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm.

The purpose of the museum is to preserve for the benefit and inspiration of future generations and to leave a historic legacy. Society and industry were changed forever by the sweeping impacts of the World War II build-up. For the first time, men, women and minorities worked together side by side. Services such as health insurance and child care were initiated in industry to improve worker's health, productivity and retention. Labor and government worked together to provide to the fleet overhauled aircraft and engines achieving unheard of production records.

People moved here from all over the country in unprecedented numbers to seek industrial production jobs. This changed rural and urban America forever. The Air Station had 45,000 personnel at its peak in 1945 when the city of Alameda had only 25,000 residents. The base covered one-third of the island of Alameda.

The museum volunteers look forward to hosting many visits of school children so they can learn about Naval Aviation history and the valuable contributions made by the many generations of workers during the last half of the 20th Century. More than 250 skilled trades came together at NAS Alameda to create lasting records of top workmanship and professionalism.

  • Artifacts


Alameda

Alameda Naval Air Station (former base)
Alameda Point, Bldg. 77
Alameda, CA 94501
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View Map Location of A-4B

NAS Alameda closed April 25, 1997, and the NADEP closed September 30, 1996. Until 1997, Alameda Point was known as Naval Air Station (NAS) Alameda. It was a federal facility, with approximately 60 military tenant commands for a combined military/civilian work force of over 18,000 personnel. In 1997 the base closed, and the Navy began turning the property over to the City of Alameda.

Four carriers were tied up at NAS Alameda in November 1945 as a part of Operation Magic Carpet -- SARATOGA (CV-3), ENTERPRISE (CV-6), HORNET (CV-12) and SAN JACINTO (CVL-30). The Navy has donated the HORNET to the Aircraft Carrier HORNET Foundation for use as a museum. She is currently moored at ex-NAS Alameda (now Alameda Point) pier 3, and is open to the public for tours.

The NAS at Alameda contained 2,479 acres of property owned by the U.S. Navy: 1,521 acres upland, and 958 acres of submerged tideland in San Francisco Bay. In addition, 155 acres are leased from the City of Alameda. Naval Air Station Alameda provided support services to Naval aviation facilities. Berthing space at two piers accommodated aircraft carriers, and ship maintenance was also accomplished at Alameda. The Naval Air Rework Facility Alameda allowed for repair and revamping of Navy jet and turboprop aircraft.

The airfield has two crossed US-equipped runways: one 8,000 feet in length, 200 feet in width; the other 7,200 feet long, 200 feet wide. Two helicopter landing areas are provided. The airfield' at Alameda NAS includes 469,700 square yards of aircraft parking apron and seven aircraft maintenance hangars. There is an air traffic control tower on site.

There are two "Gate Guard" display aircraft located on the site. A Douglas A-4B "Skyhawk" and a LTV A-7E "Corsair II." Both aircraft are mounted on display pedestals.

  • Douglas A-4B "Skyhawk" (displayed as 155247)
  • Vought A-7E "Corsair II"


Alameda

USS Hornet Museum
Pier 3, Alameda Port
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 221-8448
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The aircraft carrier USS HORNET is a national treasure, having participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th century -- World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission. Now peacefully moored at historic Alameda Point on San Francisco Bay, the USS HORNET is a timeless memorial to those who defended our American values and to those who have pursued America's technological advancements. Whether its mission was projecting military might in times of war or supporting technological achievements in space exploration, the USS HORNET has continually maintained "A Heritage of Excellence."

The USS HORNET MUSEUM proudly enters the new millennium with the goal of educating and inspiring both young and old with respect to the challenges of the past and possibilities for the future. The museum is open seven days a week. All tours, whether self-guided or docent-led, involve climbing steep stairways, so comfortable clothing and shoes with nonskid soles are recommended. To ensure a pleasant visit, other tour tips are available for review. The museum is located less than 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, in Alameda, California.

  • Douglas A-4A "Skyhawk" (139929)
  • Douglas TA-4J "Skyhawk" (158137)
  • Grumman (Eastern) TMB-3 "Avenger"
  • Grumman F9F-5P "Panther" (125316)
  • Grumman F-14A-140-GR "Tomcat" (162689)
  • Grumman US-2B "Tracker"
  • North American FJ-2 "Fury" (132057)
  • Piasecki HUP-1 "Retriever" (124915)
  • Sikorsky SH-3 "Sea King"
  • Vought F8U-1 (F-8A) "Crusader" (143703)
  • misc. artifacts


Anaheim

Boysen Park
951 S. State College Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 765-5155
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Located at 951 S. State College Boulevard, this 24.6-acre park is named after the creator of the "Boysenberry," Mr. Rudy Boysen. Park highlights include a permanently grounded U.S. Navy Cougar jet airplane, circa 1954. Adjacent to the park is the Anaheim Tennis Center, with twelve lighted courts open to the public. For Tennis Center information call 714-991-9090.

  • Grumman F9F-6P "Cougar" (127484)


Apple Valley

Apple Valley Airport
21600 Corwin Road
Apple Valley, CA 92307
(760) 247-2371
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APPLE VALLEY AIRPORT is the gem of the county's high desert, located in the town of Apple Valley — an area which has seen explosive growth in the last decade. Built in 1970, it is the gateway to the Victor Valley region and offers a year-round VFR. Flying services available at Apple Valley Airport include fuel, food, maintenance, charters, rentals, and flight training.

  • North American F-86H Sabre #53-1515


Apple Valley

Lewis Center for Educational Research
Academy for Academic Excellence
Thunderbird Campus
Thunderbird Road and Wichita Road
Apple Valley, CA 92307
(760) 946-5414
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The Lewis Center for Educational Research, formerly the Apple Valley Science and Technology Center, was conceptualized by Rick Piercy, a former kindergarten teacher. Since opening in 1990, the center has hosted more than 100,000 students, teachers and parents participating in outreach programs, clubs and other educational activities. The Lewis Center continues to provide hands-on instructional programs to students and the community.

  • Northrop AT-38A Talon #60-0591


Atwater

Castle Air Museum
5050 Santa Fe Drive
Atwater, CA 95301-5154
Office: (209) 723-2178
FAX: (209) 723-0323
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When the closure of Castle Air Force Base was announced in 1994, a group of dedicated enthusiasts in the Atwater-Merced area formed a non-profit organization called the Castle Air Museum Foundation, Inc. Their purpose was to assume custody of the collection of aircraft. It was their dream to build a museum in which faithfully restored historic aircraft could be exhibited for public enjoyment. Today that dream is a reality!

Presently the museum has 49 aircraft on display ranging from a 1937 Douglas B-18 to a 1992 Grumman F-14D "Tomcat including" rare aircraft such as the Lockheed SR-71A "Blackbird," Consolidated B-24 "Liberator" and the Convair RB-36. They are representative of aircraft that served from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War to the present conflicts. All restored and maintained by their devoted volunteer staff, these aircraft are a tribute to the men and women who designed, built, maintained or flew them.

  • Avro B-2 Vulcan MK II
  • Avro CF-100 MK V Canuck
  • Beech AT-11
  • Beech C-45A Expeditor
  • Beech YT-34 Mentor
  • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
  • Boeing B-29A Superfortress
  • Boeing B-47E Stratojet
  • Boeing WB-50D Superfortress
  • Boeing B-52D Stratofortress
  • Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter
  • Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
  • Cessna O-2A Super Skymaster
  • Cessna U-3A Blue Canoe
  • Cessna UC-78
  • Consolidated B-24M Liberator
  • Convair RB-36H Peacemaker
  • Curtiss C-46D Commando
  • de Havilland of Canada U-6A Beaver
  • Douglas A-26C Invader
  • Douglas B-18A Bolo
  • Douglas B-23 Dragon
  • Douglas C-47A Skytrain
  • Douglas R5D-4 Skymaster
  • Douglas C-54E Skymaster I
  • Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar
  • Fairchild C-123K Provider
  • Fairchild PT-23
  • General Dynamics FB-111A Aardvark
  • Grumman SA-16 Albatross
  • Kaman HH-43B Huskie
  • Kawasaki KAQ-1 Drone
  • Lockheed C-56 Lodestar
  • Lockheed C-60B
  • Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star
  • Lockheed F-104B Starfighter
  • Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
  • Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star
  • Martin EB-57E Canberra
  • McDonnell F-101B Voodoo
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II
  • North American AT-6 Texan
  • North American B-25J Mitchell
  • North American B-45A Tornado
  • North American F-86H Sabre
  • Northrop F-89J Scorpion
  • Piper L-4
  • Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
  • Republic F-105B Thunderchief
  • Stearman PT-17
  • Vultee BT-13 Valiant
  • Vultee L-5E
  • Vultee L-13


Bakersfield

Minter Field Air Museum
401 Vultee Avenue
Shafter, CA 93262-4031
Phone: (661) 393-0291
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Minter Field Air Museum
Photo by John Shupek

We need high resolution photos of the aircraft on display at ths location. We also need an up-to-date listing of all of the aircraft … make/model, serial or N-number, etc … Your help would be appreciated.

The Minter Field Air Museum is housed in the original fire station, built in 1941. The base was a major basic training facility where nearly 12,000 pilots received basic training in BT-13s, UC-78's, AT-6s, P-38s and B-25s.

The Minter Field Air Museum houses artifacts and photographs of the men and women who were stationed at this location. Artifacts include a period fire truck, 1944 Ford jeep, military uniforms, radio equipment, Echelons (Class Books), Snap Roll Newsletters, and hundreds of photographs.

  • Aeronca L-3
  • Cessna UC-78
  • Curtiss P-40M "Warhawk"
  • Grumman F9F
  • Lockheed T-33 "Shooting Star"
  • North American AT-6 "Texan"
  • North American P-51 "Mustang"
  • Republic XF-84H
  • Stearmans
  • Vultee BT-13


Banning

Banning City Airport
West Lincoln Street and South Hathaway Street
Banning, CA
(951) 922-3320
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Banning Municipal Airport sits at a 2,200-foot elevation in the midst of the San Gorgonio Pass of central Riverside County. The pass separates the 10,000-foot-high ranges of the San Bernardino Mountains to the north and the San Jacinto Mountains to the south as well as the low lands of the Los Angeles Basin to the west and the Coachella Valley to the east. This location makes the airport a highly important component of the regional airport system. Additionally, the airport is home to some 75 aircraft belonging to businesses and residents of Banning, Beaumont, and other nearby communities.

The airport consists of a single east/west runway nearly 5,000 feet in length. Aircraft operate under visual procedures—no instrument approach procedures have been created. Exhibit BN–1 describes other major features of the airport. The airport layout plan (Exhibit BN–2) was last updated in 1990 and does not show the modification to the runway's eastern end which resulted in a minor reduction of the length. No major airfield improvements are indicated in the Airport Master Plan adopted by the city in 1989.

The volume of aircraft operations at Banning Municipal Airport is low relative to the number of based aircraft. The surrounding terrain and often strong winds limit flight training activity.


Radioplane (Northrop) XGAM-67 "Crossbow"
Photo by John Shupek

  • Radioplane XGAM-67 "Crossbow" (s/n #64-2965)


Boron

Colonel Vernon P. Saxon Jr. Aerospace Museum
26922 Twenty-Mule Team Road
Boron, CA 93516
(760) 762-6600
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McDonnell Douglas F-4D-31-MC "Phantom II"
Photo #20050420-702 by John Shupek

The Colonel Vernon P. Saxon Jr. Aerospace Museum is located next to the Twenty Mule Team Museum in downtown Boron and serves the public as an educational facility dedicated to preserving flight history and flight research performed over Boron and the surrounding Aerospace Valley. Their further purpose is to provide educational programming for schools and institutions, promote the advancement of aerospace engineering, provide public exhibitions of aeronautical materials and memorabilia, and to serve as a scholarly resource for higher education.

  • Bensen X-25A "Gyrocopter"
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4D-31-MC "Phantom II" (s/n #66-7716)
  • Aircraft Models
  • Jet and Rocket Engines
  • Artifacts


Burbank

Burbank Historical Society
1015 West Olive Avenue
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 841-6333
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Located adjacent to the George Izay Park, the Burbank Historical Society was founded in 1973 by a group of individuals who were committed to collecting and preserving the rich history of the community of Burbank. Incorporated in 1975, the Society operates the Gordon R. Howard Museum which includes an 1887 Victorian house, a memorabilia building including a Lockheed Aviation display and other historical artifacts, a vintage vehicle building, a salon and the Ray Sence addition in which 19th century era rooms are shown. Adjacent to the Museum is a Lockheed F-104D-15-LO ''Starfighter'' (AF 57-1334).

Lockheed F-104D-15-LO ''Starfighter'' (AF 57-1334)
Photos by Ron Strong


Burbank

Burbank Aviation Museum, "The Portal of the Folded Wings"
Valhalla Memorial Park
10621 Victory Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91606


PO Box 1215
Burbank, CA 91501-1215
(818) 768-7881
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The Portal of the Folded Wings is located just south of the Burbank airport in beautiful Valhalla Memorial Park. Originally built in 1924, (6 years before United Airport/Burbank was built) it was once the grand entrance to the memorial park. On December 17, 1953 (the 50th anniversary of powered flight) the Portal was dedicated as a "Shrine to Aviation" and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Portal is a temporary home to the Burbank Aviation Museum. Docents are there on Sundays from 1 pm until 3 pm, when the weather is not cold or rainy. You can visit the structure and resting places daily during normal business hours. Docents are currently working on a 21' long orbiter monument, to be placed in front of the Portal building. This new attraction will honor those who flew into space and particularly those who made the supreme sacrifice in that effort.


"The Portal of the Folded Wings"
Burbank Aviation Museum Photo

  • Aviation Artifacts


Burbank

Producers Air Force
1 Orange Grove Terrace
Burbank, CA 91501
(818) 845-5970
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Producers Air Force has replica aircraft and cockpit mockups for use in the motion picture and broadcast industry.

  • McDonnell Douglas AV-8 "Harrier"
  • Northrop F-5 "Freedopm Fighter"
  • McDonnell Douglas F-15 "Eagle"
  • General Dynamics F-16 "Fighting Falcon"
  • McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 "Hornet"
  • Boeing F-22 "Raptor"
  • Lockheed F-117A "Nighthawk"
  • Cockpit mockups


Camarillo

Constellation Historical Society, Inc.
Camarillo Airport
Camarillo, California 93010
Email: aerocon@earthlink.net
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The Constellation Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of aviation history. N73544 is a Lockheed C-121C Super Constellation that was delivered to the U.S. Air Force in 1955, and has been privately owned by D. Benny Younesi since 1984. Only one of five remaining flyable Constellations in the world, N73544 resides at the Camarillo, California Airport.** In flyable condition since 1994, we have been flying a limited airshow schedule to very receptive crowds. With ongoing refurbishing, we hope to increase the number of airshows that we can attend every year.


Camarillo Connie
Photo by John Shupek

  • Lockheed C-121C "Super Constellation" (N73544 "Camarillo Connie")


Camarillo

Commemorative Air Force
Southern California Wing's WWII Aviation Museum

455 Aviation Drive
Camarillo, California 93010
Phone: (805) 482-0064
FAX: (805) 482-0348
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World War II Museum — CAF Camarillo
Photo by John Shupek

Based at Camarillo Airport in Camarillo, CA, the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force has hangars devoted to preserving, maintaining, displaying, AND FLYING World War II aircraft. They currently, we have twelve aircraft in their inventory:

  • Convair C-131D "Samaritan" (CV-340/T-29) (N131CW)
  • Curtiss C-46F "Commando" (N53594) "China Doll"
  • Fairchild F-24R
  • Grumman (Eastern) FM-2 "Wildcat" (N5833)
  • Grumman F6F-5 "Hellcat" (N1078Z)
  • Grumman F8F-2 "Bearcat" (N7825C)
  • Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 22 "Zero" (NX712Z)
  • North American PBJ-1J "Mitchell" (N5865V)
  • North American SNJ-4 "Texan" (N6411D)
  • North American SNJ-5 "Texan" (N89014)
  • Polikarpov I-16 "Ishak" (Little Donkey) (N30425)
  • Supermarine Spitfire Mark XIV (N749DP)


Chico

Chico Air Museum
Chico Municipal Airport
170 Convair Court
Chico, California 95973
(530) 345-6468
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The Chico Air Museum became a reality in 2004. Located on the flightline of the Chico Municipal Airport (Northern California), the Museum consists of an outdoor aircraft display, as well as an indoor display of interesting and historic aviation artifacts. The Museum is open every Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm, or by appointment. The Chico Air Museum was formed to commemorate the historic role played by local pilots, servicemen and women, aircraft pioneers and aviation legends. It is the intent of the Museum Staff and Volunteers the "Celebrate Aviation History" and continue to document and preserve the many artifacts, aircraft, and stories of the men and women who contributed to the colorful history. The Museum consists of Historic Aircraft in the outdoor display (see links at right for photos) and a growing indoor Museum featuring pictures from notable aviators such as Thaddeus Kearns, Jimmy Doolitle, John MacCready, Bud Allen, and artifacts from the 1945 "Chico B-29" crash site. We need high resolution photos of the aircraft on display at ths location. We also need an up-to-date listing of all of the aircraft … make/model, serial or N-number, etc … Your help would be appreciated.


Chico Air Museum
Photo via Google Earth

    Partial List of Aircraft:
  • Antonov An-2 "Colt"
  • Howard "Super Ventura"
  • Lockheed P2V-7 "Neptune" (N702AU)
  • Lockheed P2V-7 "Neptune" (N716AU)
  • Yak Trainer ??


Chino

The Air Museum — Planes of Fame
7000 Merrill Avenue
Chino, California 91710
Phone: (909) 597-3722
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Boeing B-17G "Flying Fortress"
Photo by John Shupek

Founded in 1957, The Air Museum Planes of Fame, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to preserving aviation history for the benefit of future generations. Currently, The Air Museum houses over 150 aircraft at its two locations, the main facility at Chino Airport in California and a satellite museum near the Grand Canyon at Valle Airport in Arizona. The Air Museum displays aircraft spanning the history of manned flight, from a replica of the Chanute Hang Glider of 1896, through modern space flight, and includes numerous milestone achieving test and research flight vehicles. The Air Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, restoring, displaying, and preserving aircraft and memorabilia for the educational benefit of current and future generations.

  • Aichi D3A-2 Val
  • Antonov An-2 Colt
  • Bachem Ba-349 Natter
  • Beech Model 17 Staggerwing
  • Bat Missile
  • Bede BD-5B
  • Beech C-45 Expeditor
  • Bell P-39N Airacobra
  • Bell YP-59A Airacomet
  • Bell X-1 (replica)
  • Bell X-2 (replica)
  • Benson Gyrocopter
  • Blaty Orion Hang Glider
  • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
  • Boeing B-50A Superfortress
  • Boeing P-12E (F4B-3)
  • Boeing P-26A Peashooter
  • Bristol F.2B Fighter
  • CASA HA-112 MIL
  • Cessna 210
  • Cessna A-37 Tweet
  • Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair
  • 1896 Chanute Hang Glider
  • Convair F-102A Delta Dagger
  • Convair Model 240
  • Convair Model 340
  • Convair L-13A Grasshopper
  • Culver PQ-14
  • Curtiss P-40N Warhawk
  • Curtiss (Republic) P-47G Thunderbolt
  • Curtiss Pusher (1910)
  • Curtiss R3C-2 Replica
  • de Havilland DH-100 Vampire Mark III
  • Depredusin 1913 Schneider Cup (replica)
  • Douglas RB-26C Invader
  • Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket
  • Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless
  • Eastern FM-2 Wildcat
  • Eastern TBM-3 Avenger
  • Easy Rider Hang Glider
  • Fiesler Fi-103/VSG-76 (V-1) "Buzz Bomb"
  • Fokker D. VII
  • Fuji Ohka 11 "Kamakazi"
  • Gloster Meteor Mk. IV
  • Grumman F3F-2 Flying Barrel
  • Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat
  • Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat
  • Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat
  • Grumman F9F-5P Panther
  • Hanson Special "Sump'n Else"
  • Hanriot HD-1 Scout
  • Heinkel He-162A Salamander
  • Horton 4 Flying Wing
  • Lockheed L-18 Lodestar
  • Lockheed P-38J Lightning
  • Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star
  • Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star
  • Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
  • Macchi M-39 Replica
  • Messerschmitt Bf-109G-10 Gustav
  • Messerschmitt Me-163B Komet
  • Messerschmitt Me-262A-1a Schwalbe (Swallow)
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 Fagot
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17
  • Mitsubishi A6M5 Reisen (Zero)
  • Mitsubishi G4M1 Hamaki "Cigar" (Betty)
  • Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden (Thunderbolt)
  • Mitsubishi J8M1 Shusui (Sword)
  • "Miss Cosmic Wind" Racer
  • North American B-25J Mitchell
  • North American FJ-3 Fury
  • North American P-51A Mustang
  • North American P-51D Mustang
  • North American F-86A Sabre
  • North American QF-86H Sabre
  • North American SNJ-5 Texan
  • North American T-2A Buckeye
  • Northrop N-9MB Flying Wing
  • Republic F-84 Thunderjet
  • Republic RF-84 Thunderflash
  • Ricter RJ-4 Jet
  • Rider R-4 "Firecracker"
  • Rider R-6 "Eight Ball"
  • Rutan Quicki-2
  • Rutan Vari-Eze
  • Ryan FR-1 Fireball
  • Seversky 2PA Pursuit
  • Stearman PT-17 (N2S) Kaydet
  • Supermarine S.6B Replica
  • Vought F8U Crusader
Yanks Air Museum, Chino, CA
Photo by John Shupek

The Y


Chino

Yanks Air Museum
Chino Airport (Southwest side)
7000 Merrill Avenue, Hangar A207
Box 35
Chino, California 91710
Phone: (909) 597-1734
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The present location of The Yanks Air Museum is the Chino Airport in Chino, California where it has enjoyed steady growth over the past two decades. Located some 50 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, the museum is conveniently located in the nations largest metroplex, providing a huge local audience. Additionally, Chino Airport is well recognized as one of the centers of aircraft restoration and preservation with several different companies that provide those services co-located on the airport property. The museum aircraft have been restored in-house with great attention to detail so that both flying and static aircraft are considered exemplary examples of their type. Great care and effort has been made to conform to the original manufacturer's specifications in all restoration projects. The existing museum campus extends over 5½ acres and includes 76,600 square feet of display, restoration, and storage buildings with additional open-air storage areas. Steady growth of the museum has inspired future plans to expand the Chino facility to accommodate additional aircraft, artifacts and a multi-media education center.

The following is a listing of the aircraft currently belonging to The Yanks Air Museum and their current status as of January 2005. Numbers in parenthesis indicate the number of each type in the collection.

Aircraft On Display

  • Beech UC-43B/D-17S Staggerwing ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Bell 47D-1 Sioux ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Bell P-39N Air Cobra ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Bell P-63C King Cobra ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Canadair Cl-13B/Mk VI Sabre ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Cessna AW ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Cessna T-37A/B Dragonfly ( Static — On Display )
  • Cessna UC-78 Bobcat ( Under Restoration — On Display )
  • Consolidated Vultee BT-13 Valiant ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Convair F-106B Delta Dart ( Static — On Display )
  • Convair R4Y-1/C-131F Samaritan ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Curtiss C-1 Robin ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Curtiss C-46 Commando ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Curtiss CW-1 Junior ( Under Restoration — On Display )
  • Curtiss JN-4D Jenny (2) ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Curtiss O-52 Owl ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Curtiss P-40E Warhawk ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Curtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver ( Under Restoration — On Display )
  • Douglas A-4E Skyhawk ( Static — On Display )
  • Douglas C-47 Skytrain ( Static — On Display )
  • Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Eastern/GM FM-2 Wildcat ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Grumman A-6E Intruder ( Static — On Display )
  • Grumman E2C Hawkeye ( Static — On Display )
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat ( Static — On Display )
  • Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Grumman TBF-1 Avenger ( Waiting Restoration — On Display )
  • Kellet KD-1A Autogyro ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Lincoln-Page LP-3 ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Lockheed C-40A/12A Electra Junior ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Lockheed P-38L/F5G Lightning ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4S Phantom ( Static — On Display )
  • Mutual Aircraft Blackbird ( Under Restoration — On Display )
  • Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 (3) ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • North American B-25J Mitchell ( Under Restoration — On Display )
  • North American P-51A/F6A Mustang ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • North American P-51D Mustang ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • North American SNJ/AT-6D ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Northrop T-38 Talon ( Static — On Display )
  • Republic F-105D Thundercheif ( Static — On Display )
  • Republic P-47M Thunderbolt ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Ryan B-1 Brougham ( Under Restoration — On Display )
  • Sikorsky CH-3C ( Static — On Display )
  • Sikorsky HH-52 ( Static — On Display )
  • Sikorsky R-4B Hoverfly ( Waiting Restoration — On Display )
  • Sikorsky S-58B/H-34 Sea Bat ( Static — On Display )
  • Standard J-1 ( Under Restoration — On Display )
  • Stearman 4D Junior Mailwing ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Stearman YPT-9B Cloudboy ( Airworthy — On Display )
  • Stinson L-5 Sentinel (2) ( Under Restoration — On Display )
  • Thomas Pigeon ( Waiting Restoration — On Display )
  • Vought A-7B Corsair II (2)( Static — On Display )
  • Vought F4U-4B Corsair ( Under Restoration — On Display )
  • Waco CG-4A ( Under Restoration — On Display )
  • Yokosuka Ohka Type 11 ( Under Restoration — On Display )
Aircraft in Storage
  • American Eagle A-1 ( Airworthy — Temporary Storage )
  • Brunner-Winkle BK Bird ( Airworthy — Temporary Storage )
  • Cessna T-37A/B Dragonfly (3) ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Curtiss C-2 Robin ( Airworthy — Temporary Storage )
  • Curtiss J-1 Robin Floatplane ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Curtiss JN-4D Jenny ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Double Eagle ( Airworthy — Temporary Storage )
  • Douglas A-4B Skyhawk (3) ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Fairchild PT-26 Cornell ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Douglas KA-3B Skywarrior ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Grumman F9F-2 Panther ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (3) ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • McColloch MC-4C/YH-30 Hum ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Morane-Saulnier MS-230 ( Airworthy — Temporary Storage )
  • Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 (26) ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • North American F-86E Sabre ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • North American F-100C Super Sabre ( Airworthy — Off Site Storage )
  • North American FJ-1 Fury ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Northrop T-38 Talon ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Piasecki HUP-3/H-25 Retriever ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Republic F-84E Thunderjet ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Republic F-105D Thundercheif ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Republic P-47D Thunderbolt ( Airworthy — Temporary Storage )
  • Schultz Glider ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Schweitzer TA-3A Glider ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Swallow Twin Place ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Univair 415 D Ercoupe ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Vought OS2U Kingfisher ( Waiting Restoration — Storage )
  • Waco UEC ( Airworthy — Temporary Storage )


Costa Mesa

Lions Park
567 W. 18th Street
Costa Mesa, California 92627

Lion's Park, located at 567 W. 18th Street, Costa Mesa, California has a Grumman F9F-4 "Panther" (BuNo 125180) on displayed in the middle of a children's sandbox.

  • Grumman F9F-4 "Panther" (BuNo 125180)


Edwards AFB

Air Force Flight Test Center Museum
95 ABW/MU
405 S. Rosamond Blvd.
Edwards AFB, CA 93524-1032
Phone: (661) 277-8050
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Edwards Air Force Base is indeed the Birthplace of Supersonic Flight, for it was here (then Muroc Air Force Base) in October 1947 that Captain Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager blasted through the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 and ushered in the supersonic age. Yeager was soon followed by other courageous men who would dare to fly into unexplored regions in that laboratory in the sky above the high desert. There, for the first time, they would pilot their craft past Mach 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and up above 100, 200, 300 thousand feet-and into near space. For almost six decades, Edwards has been the world's premier flight testing and flight research center. Much of this exciting history is now preserved and displayed in the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) Museum.

The original museum opened in 1994 and hosted over 65,000 visitors before moving to a new facility in July 2000. The new 12,000 sq. ft. museum houses exhibits covering such diverse subjects as the formation of the ancient lakebed, early home steading, the first military uses of Edwards, flight testing during WWII, breaking the sound barrier, aviation records set at Edwards, testing the X-15, and the story of Glen Edwards, for whom the base was named. Other exhibits include aircraft hardware, personal memorabilia, aviation fine art and photography, and models. A museum centerpiece is the historical mural "Golden Age of Flight Test," a 10 foot by 20 foot painting by noted aviation artist Mike Machat.

Aircraft on display inside the museum building include the F-16B, an NA-37B, an AQM-34 Firebee drone, the X-25B concept demonstrator, and a full-scale replica of the Bell X-1. Propulsion exhibits include the YJ93 which powered the massive XB-70, and rocket engines used on the X-1, D-558-II, X-15, and the NF-104. Museum visitors can learn about the past, present, and future of flight testing in the museum's theater, and souvenirs can be purchased in the small, but well-stocked gift shop.

Currently, 16 of the museum's aircraft are displayed outdoors in the museum's airpark. They include the B-52D, CH-3E, F-84F, F-101B, F-104A, F-105D, F-111A, H-34, NF-4C, SR-71A, T-28B, T-33, T-39, UC 45, YA-7D,and Gloster Meteor. Another seven are mounted on pedestals around the base, including the F-16B, F-86E, F-104A, NF-104A, P-59B, T-33A, and T-38A. Eventually, museum visitors will view a number of other rare aircraft on display. These include the first T-46; prototypes of the A-7F, A 9, A-10B, F-4E, and F-94; one of only two PA-48 Enforcers; the first production C-141; and a number of other one-of-a-kind aircraft.

The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed Sunday, Monday, and federal holidays. Admission is free. Currently, due to security restrictions, the museum is only open to those individuals with official business on Edwards AFB or individuals attending a tour through public affairs.


Air Force Flight Test Center Museum
Photo by John Shupek

  • Aircraft Engine Inventory: J35, J47, J57, J58, J60, J75, J79, J85, YJ93, YF101, F109, TF41
  • Aircraft Rocket Engine Inventory: XLR-8, XLR-11, XLR-99, LR-121
  • AT3 Advanced Tech Transport (62% scale proof of concept vehicle)
  • Beech UC-45J Expeditor (Ex-SNB-2)
  • Bell P-59B Airacomet (Ex-"Reluctant Robot" early RPV/pedestal)
  • Bensen X-25B (Bensen gyro-chute DDV test vehicle)
  • Boeing B-47B Stratojet (Photo range target/major restoration)
  • Boeing B-52D Stratofortress (Museum Airpark display)
  • Boeing C-135A Stratolifter (B-2 avionics test bed)
  • Boeing-Vertol H-21C Workhorse (Loan from USDA)
  • Cessna NA-37B Tweety Bird (Ex-Test Pilot School support)
  • Convair NB-58A Hustler ("Snoopy"/YF-12 radar test/major damage)
  • Convair TF-102A Delta Dagger (Ex-Edwards test--at Fox Field)
  • de Havilland of Canada C-7B Caribou (Ex-Army Golden Knights)
  • Douglas A-3D Skywarrior (Ex-barrier test/fire training)
  • Douglas C-53 Skytrooper
  • Douglas F-10B Skynight (Ex-Marine F-3D)
  • Douglas TB-26B Invader (Calspan flying simulator)
  • Fairchild C-119B Flying Boxcar (Ex-fire bomber (USDA loan))
  • Fairchild C-123K Provider (Loan from USDA)
  • Fairchild Republic T-46A (#1 prototype A/C)
  • Fairchild-Republic YA-10B Thunderbolt II (Only two-seater built)
  • General Dynamics F-111A Aardvark (1st F-111 built)
  • General Dynamics F-16B Fighting Falcon (First two-seat "B" model)
  • General Dynamics NF-111A Aardvark (NASA AFTI/MAW)
  • Gloster NF-11 Meteor (Gloster TT 20 version)
  • Lockheed A-12 Oxcart "Blackbird" (Prototype/Display at Blackbird Park)
  • Lockheed C-140A JetStar (Last USAF C-140 to fly)
  • Lockheed EF-80A Shooting Star (TransCon speed record, 1946)
  • Lockheed F-104A Starfighter (Chase A/C 1st flt SR-71/NASA colors)
  • Lockheed F-104A Starfighter (Pedestal mounted)
  • Lockheed NC-141A Starlifter (#5 A/C radar test bed/F-15 nose)
  • Lockheed NF-104A Starfighter (Rocket assisted/pedestal mounted)
  • Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird (Ex-flight test/Skunk Works logo tail)
  • Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star
  • Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (Pedestal mounted)
  • Lockheed YF-94A Starfire (Prototype "A"/ex-TF-80C/T-33A)
  • Martin B-57B Intruder (NASA #809)
  • McDonnell Douglas NF-4C Phantom II (1st production F-4C)
  • McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II
  • McDonnell Douglas YF-4E Phantom II (Prototype "E" ex F-4D)
  • McDonnell F-101B Voodoo
  • MMC-845 RPV "Compass Dwell"
  • North American CT-39A Sabreliner (Museum Air Park display)
  • North American F-100A Super Sabre (#5 F-100A/photo range target)
  • North American F-100A Super Sabre (Stored at Mojave Airport)
  • North American F-86F Sabre (Previously displayed on pedestal)
  • North American T-28B Trojan (Army flight test)
  • Northrop F-20A Tigershark (Northrop marketing mockup)
  • Northrop F-89D Scorpion (Ex-Aberdeen target/major restoration)
  • Northrop T-38A Talon (Pedestal mounted)
  • Northrop X-21A (B-66 laminar flow/target/major damage)
  • Northrop YA-9A (#1 prototype)
  • PA-48 Enforcer (Ex P-51, #2 of 2)
  • Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever (Army H-25 "Mule")
  • Republic F-105D Thunderchief
  • Republic F-84F Thunderstreak (Museum Airpark display)
  • Rutan 354 Vari-EZ (Foundation loan)
  • Sikorsky CH-3E Jolly Green Giant (Lowest flight hours of any USAF CH-3)
  • Sikorsky SH-34G Seabat (Loan from USDA (Ex HSS-1))
  • Sikorsky UV-34C Choctaw (Ex-Presidential flight/major restoration)
  • Vought RF-8G Crusader (Ex X-31 chase)
  • Vought YA-7D Corsair II (#2 A-7D/ex-DIGITAC "fly by wire" tests)
  • Vought YA-7F A-7 Plus #1 A-7F (two built)


Edwards AFB

NASA Dryden Flight Research Facility
PO Box 273
Edwards AFB, California 93523
Phone: (805) 258-3446
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Dryden Flight Research Center is NASA's premier flight research and test organization for the validation of high-risk, pioneering aerospace technology, space exploration concepts, and the conduct of science mission observations. Located at Edwards, California, in the western Mojave Desert, Dryden is uniquely situated to take advantage of the excellent year-round flying weather, remote area, and visibility to test some of the nation's most exciting air vehicles.

For 60 years, Projects at Dryden have led to major advancements in the design and capabilities of many state-of-the-art civilian and military aircraft. The newest, the fastest, the highest -- all have made their debut in the vast, clear desert skies over Dryden.

Dryden Flight Research Center plays a vital role in advancing technology and science through flight. Here, we demonstrate America's leadership in aeronautics and space technology as we continue to push the envelope to revolutionize aviation and pioneer aerospace technology.


Northrop HL-10 "Lifting Body" Research Aircraft
Photo by John Shupek

  • Bell X-1E
  • Grumman X-29 FSW (Forward Swept Wing)
  • Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
  • North American X-15 Rocket Plane (replica)
  • Vought F-8 DFW (Digital Fly By Wire)
  • Vought F-8 SCW (Supercritical Wing)


El Cajon

Air Group One — San Diego Wing of the CAF
Air Group One
The San Diego Wing of the CAF
Gillespie Field
1860 Joe Crosson Drive
El Cajon, California 92020
Phone: (619) 448-4505
Fax: (619) 448-2705
Special Events Info: (888) 215-7000
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North American SNJ-5 "Texan" (Sassy)
CAF Air Group 1 Photo

Air Group One is the San Diego Wing of the CAF, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation of World War II aircraft and the history of World War II aviation. Air Group One formed as the "San Diego Squadron" of the CAF in 1981. Two years later it was reformed as a CAF Wing and renamed "Air Group One." It is based at its new hangar located at 1860 Joe Crosson Drive, Suite B, on Gillespie Field in El Cajon, CA.

Air Group One's hangar and WWII museum currently displays an SNJ "Sassy," and our L-5 Sentinel "Betsy" is in restoration at a hangar nearby. Air Group One is an all volunteer organization. Its members work on a number of local projects, museum displays, maintain and restore World War II airplanes, travel to Southern California airshows with the aircraft and PX trailer and hold special events.

Air Group One presents pancake breakfasts, symposiums and other special events including the annual World War II airshow held the first weekend of May. General meetings are held each Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and the hangar and museum is open to the public, free of charge, Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For additional information call the museum (619) 448-4505; or email them.

  • North American SNJ-5 Texan "Sassy"
  • Stinson L-5 "Sentinel"


El Cajon

San Diego Aerospace Museum Restoration Facility
Gillispie Field
335 Kenney Street
El Cajon, California 92020
Phone: (619) 258-1221
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Vought F-8J "Crusader"
Photo by John Shupek

Gillespie Field Annex

From a small one-hangar beginning, the San Diego Air & Space Museum's annex at Gillespie Field has grown to become an integral part of the Museum's aircraft restoration and replica reproduction program. Staffed mainly by volunteers, the Facility has produced some of SDAM's finest work.

Of local significance, a Convair F-102A Delta Dagger recently completed restoration at the Annex. This aircraft was 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.

Visitor Information: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:8:00 am to 3:00pm. The Annex is located on the north side of Gillespie Field. Click here for directions and a map. Phone (619) 234-8291 for information. There is no charge for admission but donations are accepted.

  • Bee Aviation "Honey Bee"
  • Bell H-13D "Sioux"
  • Boeing B-52E "Stratofortress" (nose)
  • Convair "Atlas" ICBM
  • Convair F-102A "Delta Dagger"
  • General Dynamics F-16N "Viper"
  • General Dynamics (Raytheon) AGM-129 Cruise Missile
  • Grumman A-6E "Intruder"
  • Grumman F-14A "Tomcat"
  • McDonnell Douglas AV-8A "Harrier"
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 "Fishbed"
  • North American F-86F "Sabre"
  • Pietenpol "Air Camper"
  • Pitts S-1-S
  • Primary Glider
  • Rearwin "Cloudster"
  • Ryan Model 147 "Drone"
  • Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis" (replica)
  • Ryan PT-22 "Recruit"
  • Shoestring
  • Soneral "Two"
  • Stinson "Detrioter"
  • Sundancer
  • Thorp T18
  • Vought A-7B "Corsair II"
  • Vought F-8J "Crusader"


El Centro

El Centro Naval Air Facility
1605 3rd Street
El Centro, California 92243
Phone: (760) 339-2699
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El Centro Naval Air Facility
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Whether it concerns flying from an aircraft carrier or landing on the moon, NAF El Centro is proud of its past accomplishments, its expanding mission today, and its important role in the future.

Naval Air Facility El Centro was commissioned on May 1, 1946, as a Naval Air Station. Prior to that, the base was a Marine Corps Air Station. Through the years, Navy El Centro has had several names: Naval Air Facility, Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, Naval Air Station, and the National Parachute Test Range.

For the first 35 years, the mission of NAF El Centro was devoted to aeronautical escape system testing, evaluation, and design. In November 1947, the Parachute Experimental Division from Lakehurst, New Jersey moved to El Centro.

Today, NAF El Centro provides realistic training to active and reserve aviation units and activities of the Navy's operating and training forces. Squadrons visit NAF El Centro to practice gunnery, bombing, carrier landings and air combat.

The facility has two operating runways. The 9,500-foot east/west runway handles 96 percent of the traffic. It is equipped with a Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System at each approach end as well as lighted carrier deck landing areas at both ends so pilots can simulate carrier landings.

Apart from "touch and go" landings and take-offs, aircrews use the many ranges at NAF El Centro to develop their skills. A remote-controlled target area allows naval aviators to practice ordinance delivery. The desert range is used for air-to-ground bombing, rocket firing, strafing, dummy drops and mobile land target training. The target complex uses the Weapons Impact Scoring System that microwaves target images to a range master control building for immediate verification of weapons delivery accuracy.

The addition of the Display and Debriefing Subsystem, known as DDS, expanded the role of NAF El Centro to include air combat training by utilizing remote television, acoustical and laser scoring systems. The DDS is linked with TACTS to provide a computerized record of the tactics employed by individual aircrews employ and to evaluate the effectiveness of each maneuver. Many believe the training at NAF El Centro is as close as pilots can get to actual air combat. Much of the movie "Top Gun" was shot at NAF El Centro.

Because if its unique location, NAF El Centro is known to every naval aviator and plays a key role in their initial and refresher training. What makes the NAF so special is its combination of unique climate, vast unobstructed desert terrain, limited non-military air traffic and its own dedicated gunnery and bomb ranges. These factors make NAF El Centro an ideal environment for aerial combat maneuvering, air-to-air gunnery, bombing practice and electronic warfare training. Variable climatic conditions and population are limiting factors at the Navy's only other facilities with similar missions — Fallon, Nevada, and Key West, Florida. The result is that NAF El Centro is very busy and in high demand. For example, the number of flight operations (landings and take-offs) exceeded 167,000 in 1999. Flight operations on a typical day reach over 450 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

NAF is the "winter home" of the world-famous Blue Angels, the Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron. Starting every January, the 'Blues' conduct over two months of intense flight operations prior to the start of their air show season. Until mid-March, the officers and enlisted personnel, who are specialists in all the aviation roles required to support the squadron's maintenance, administration and public affairs requirements, hone their skills as a cohesive unit.

NAF El Centro and its personnel have a role of providing essential support to the squadrons and units training here. This includes flight operations, logistics, billeting, messing, hangars, ramps, aircraft parking space, administration and supply transport. Every month, seven to 12 squadrons and up to 1,600 personnel train here. Additionally, U.S. Air Force parachutists, U.S. Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and British, French, German and Italian aviators visit for various phases of their training.

  • McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A-16-MC "Hornet" (162448)
  • LTV A-7B-2-CV (TA-7C) "Corsair II" (154467)
  • LTV A-7B-3CV "Corsair II" (154476)
  • Grumman F11F-1 "Tiger"


El Monte

ASMH Museum
American Society of Military History Museum
1918 North Rosemead Blvd.
South El Monte, California 91733
Phone: (626) 442-1776
Fax: (626) 443-1776
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Bell UH-1 "Huey"
Photo by John Shupek

The American Society of Military History was incorporated in California in 1962 as a California Non-profit educational organization. The goal of the society is to preserve and restore examples of American military equipment. They have exhibits from all branches of the U.S. armed forces, Army, Navy, Marines and the Air Force. The museum has never used any government funds, all funding is through Museum membership, volunteers, and individual and corporate donors.

The Museum is about 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Museum is located about a 1/4 mile north of the Rosemead exit on the 60 freeway in the city of South El Monte in the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. The Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday year round from 10:00 Am to 4:30 Pm. Since all the Displays are outside.

  • Bell UH-1 "Iroquois" (Huey)


Fairfield

Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum
Hickman Ave. and Burgan Blvd.
Travis Air Force Base, CA
Phone: (707) 424-2011
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North American F-86D "Sabre"
Photo by John Shupek

The Travis Air Museum is presently housed in the old base commissary located in the middle of Travis Air Force Base. Hosting up to 60,000 visitors a year before the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the museum has seen its visitor population drop to 10% of that number due to the increased security precautions put in place after that event. It has become evident that the museum must move off base if it is to continue to be a dynamic part of civic life in northern California. The museum is run by the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Foundation.

Planning for the movement of the Travis Air Museum to a future off base location is being directed by the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Education Foundation. The new museum will be named the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum.

The Foundation plans to build a new museum that is as inspirational to today's citizens as was Jimmy Doolittle's daring raid on Japan in April 1942. In the dark days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and with the Japanese navy sweeping all before it throughout the Pacific — from the Aleutian Islands to Singapore and beyond — Jimmy Doolittle returned to active duty with an idea: to bomb Japan in retaliation for the raid on Pearl Harbor using the novel idea of flying bombers from aircraft carriers. The raid was successful, giving the American public a much-needed morale boost. It pointed to future risks and daring that resulted in complete victory three years later, a stunning turnaround for the fortunes of the USA, launching this country into world leadership after WW II. The future Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum will be built around the present core collection of more than 30 aircraft and thousands of historical artifacts, the largest such collection between San Francisco and Seattle.

The museum will seek to become the pre-eminent military museum in Northern California, to inspire our youth with the boldness of our "greatest generation" in war and peace, to inform the public about the history of the Jimmy Doolittle raid, the history of Travis Air Force Base, and the history of the US Air Force.

The new museum will be built with private donations.

  • 1903 Wright "Flyer" (replica)
  • 1910 Gonzales No. 1 Biplane
  • Atomic Bomb "Fat Man" (replica)
  • Beech AT-11 "Kansan"
  • Beech C-45H "Expediter"
  • Boeing B-29 "Superfortress"
  • Boeing B-52D "Stratofortress"
  • Cessna AT-17 "Bobcat"
  • Cessna LC-126
  • Cessna O-2A "Skymaster"
  • Cessna T-37 "Tweet" (simulator)
  • Cessna U-3A "Blue Canoe"
  • Convair C-131D "Samaritan"
  • Convair F-102A "Delta Dagger"
  • de Havilland Canada C-7A "Caribou"
  • Douglas A-26K "Counter Invader"
  • Douglas C-47 "Skytrain"
  • Douglas C-54 "Skymaster"
  • Douglas C-118A "Liftmaster"
  • Douglas C-124C "Globemaster II"
  • Fairchild C-123K "Provider"
  • Fairchild PT-19 "Cornell"
  • Grumman HU-16 "Albatross"
  • Link Trainer
  • Lockheed C-56 "Lodestar"
  • Lockheed VC-140 "Jetstar"
  • Lockheed C-141B "Starlifter"
  • Lockheed F-104A "Starfighter"
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4C "Phantom II"
  • McDonnell F-101B "Voodoo"
  • North American AGM-28 "Hound Dog" Missile
  • North American CT-39A "Sabreliner"
  • North American F-86L "Sabre"
  • Piasecki H-21B "Work Horse"
  • Piper L-4 "Grasshopper"
  • Republic F-84F "Thunderstreak"
  • Republic F-105D "Thunderchief"
  • Ryan "Spirit of St. Louis" (replica)
  • Sikorsky H-34 "Choctaw"
  • Stinson L-5 "Sentinel"
  • Vultee BT-13 "Valiant"
  • Waco CG-4 "Combat Glider"


Firebaugh

Heritage of Eagles Air Museum
Eagle Field AAF and CCHMM
11100 West Eagle Field Road
Firebaugh, California 93622
Phone: (209) 392-8264
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Army Tank Protecting Lockheed Hudson Bomber
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The Central California Historical Military Museum is an all-volunteer non-profit organization (501-(c)(3)) dedicated to the preservation of the Eagle Field Army Air Forces training base built near Dos Paslos, California in 1942 and to the instructor pilots who trained those young aviators who learned. Many of those who learned to fly in the PT-22s and Stearmans later lost their lives in combat st that freedom remained for us, and their children. They have only one major fund raiser event each year … The Annual Eagle Field Dinner Dance and Reunion. The Museum hours vary in the winter, so be sure to contact them before you visit.

  • Ryan PT-22s
  • Stearmans


Fresno

California ANG — 144th Fighter Wing
5323 E. McKinley Avenue
Fresno, California 93727
Phone: (559) 454-5286
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Airpark
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144th Fighter Wing [144th FW]: The Fresno Air National Guard Base in California is home to the 144th Fighter Wing. The 144th Fighter Wing's mission is to provide air defense protection for California from the Mexican border to Ukiah utilizing the F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighter aircraft. The 144th also supports the nation's Counterdrug Program and responds to state emergencies when requested by the Governor of California. The wing's current inventory of aircraft includes 18 F-16Cs, one F-16D, a two place fighter trainer, and one C-26A transport.

The origin of the 144th Fighter Wing dates back to 4 April 1948, barely six months after the formation of the Air National Guard in September of 1947. On that date, the 61st Fighter Wing received federal recognition at Alameda, CA, followed by activation of the 194th Fighter Squadron on 25 June 1948. The 61st Fighter Wing was redesignated as the 144th Fighter Bomber Wing on 1 November 1950.

  • Convair F-102A "Delta Dagger"
  • Convair F-106A "Delta Dart"
  • Lockheed T-33A "T-Bird"
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4 "Phantom II"
  • North American F-86A "Sabre"
  • North American F-86L "Sabre"
  • North American P-51D "Mustang"


Fullerton

Air Combat USA
230 North Dale Place
Fullerton Airport
Fullerton, California 93833-2524
Phone: (714) 522-7590
Fax: (714) 522-7592
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SIAI-Marchetti SF260
Photo by John Shupek

Imagine yourself scouring the skies in a real military aircraft in search of enemy aircraft, using your state-of-the-art electronic tracking system to acquire your bogey, engaging in aerial combat, and returning to your base VICTORIOUS! Your Aircraft: An aerobatic, Italian-built fighter aircraft that has onboard radar intercept capability for acquiring bogies beyond visual range. Each aircraft comes with a patented electronic tracking system that allows for the simulation and thrill of an actual "guns kill"!

Are you up for the challenge? Do you have what it takes to be a Fighter Pilot for a Day?

What is Air Combat USA? Established in 1988, Air Combat USA is the ORIGINAL civilian dog fighting school in the world. We are the innovators of air combat training for civilians. We set the standard for program design and execution, offering a fighter pilot experience second to none. Our guest pilots fly real military fighters with licensed fighter pilots in the cockpit with them. All aircraft are outfitted with high-end digital multi-camera systems to capture your fighter pilot experience. No pilot's license is required for the guest.

  • Extra 300L
  • SIAI-Marchetti SF260


Gardena

Goodyear Airship Operations
19200 Main Street
Gardena, California 90745
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Goodyear Blimp "Spirit of America" (N10A)
Photo by John Shupek

For 80 years, Goodyear blimps have adorned the skies as very visible corporate symbols of the tire and rubber company that began operations in 1898.

Today, these graceful giants travel more than 100,000 miles across the United States per year as Goodyear's "Aerial Ambassadors."

The blimp tradition began in 1925 when Goodyear built its first helium-filled public relations airship, the Pilgrim. The tire company painted its name on the side and began barnstorming the United States. Humble beginnings to an illustrious history. Over the years, Goodyear built more than 300 airships, more than any other company in the world. Akron, Ohio, the company's world headquarters, was the center of blimp manufacturing for several decades.

During World War II many of the Goodyear-built airships provided the U.S. Navy with a unique aerial surveillance capability. Often used as convoy escorts, the blimps were able to look down on the ocean surface and spot a rising submarine and radio its position to the convoy's surface ships. . . in essence acting as an early warning system. Modern surveillance technology eventually eclipsed the advantages of the airship fleet, and in 1962 the Navy discontinued the program.

Today, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company no longer mass-produces airships. In the United States it operates three well-recognized blimps: the Spirit of Goodyear, based in Akron, Ohio; the Spirit of America, based in Carson, California; and the Spirit of Innovation, in Pompano Beach, Florida.

  • Goodyear Blimp "Spirit of America" (N10A)


Hayward

Bud Field Aviation
22005 Skywest Drive
Hayward, CA 94541
(510) 782-9063
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Restored Douglas DC-3
Photo from Bud Field Aviation Website

"Bud Field Aviation" is located at the Hayward Executive Airport in the city of Hayward, California. Bud Field Aviation specializes in: the storage of executive jet aircraft; the restoration/maintenance of aircraft; aircraft hangar development; and aircraft recovery. It appears that many of their restoration projects are "home-based" at their hangar. Bud Field Aviation appears to be a "class act" in the aircraft restoration business. At this point, we're not sure whether or not they're open for tours, but it is certainly worth a try.

  • Bull Stearman "Speedmail" (1931)
  • Cessna 180 (1956)
  • Curtiss Robin (1928)
  • de Havilland DH-89 Rapide (restoration project)
  • Douglas DC-3 (1944)
  • Monocoupe 90AW (1937)
  • MX7 Maule Photo 1 (1984)
  • Piper PA-18 "Super Cub"
  • Ryan STA (1935)
  • Stearman PT-13 (1936)
  • Travel Air 4000 (1927)
  • Waco YK5 (1937)


Hemet

Ryan School of Aeronautics Museum
4280 Walden Weaver Road
Hemet, CA 92545-9787
(909) 658-2716
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Ryan-Hemet Airport
Satellite Image by Google Earth

We need high resolution photos of the aircraft on display at ths location. We also need an up-to-date listing of all of the aircraft … make/model, serial or N-number, etc … Your help would be appreciated.

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At this point we have very little information about the Ryan School of Aeronautics Museum. We searched the Internet and could not find a web site for the Museum. Your help would be appreciated providing updated information about the Museum. The satellite images of the location indicate that there is a two-engine aircraft on a pedestal at the intersection of Stetson Avenue and Walden Weaver Road. Information about this aircraft would be appreciated.

  • Gift Shop
  • Theater
  • Artifacts
  • "Unknown Aircraft" at intersection of Stetson Ave. & Walden Weaver Rd.


Imperial

Pioneers Museum and Cultural Center of the Imperial Valley
373 East Aten Road
(Exit I-8 at Hwy 111 North to Aten Road)
Imperial, California 92251
Phone: (760) 352-1165
FAX: (760) 352-5411
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Grumman F-14A "Tomcat"
Photo by John Shupek

The Imperial County Historical Society was organized as the Imperial Valley Pioneers Society in 1928 to preserve the life histories of early settlers. While its name has since changed, its ongoing mission is still to preserve the unique development of the irrigated desert and the people who developed the area's modern history.

Before building the present museum at Pioneers Park, adjacent to the Imperial Valley College campus, the Society maintained its collections in a 3,000 square foot museum at the county fairgrounds. The facility was, from the beginning, inadequate to house its collections, making it necessary to store a majority of its records and artifacts in two railroad cars and private homes. Today, the Society's entire collection of archives, documents, newspapers, personal letters, period furniture, photographs, clothing and sundry equipment used by early settlers, are all housed at the Pioneers Museum at Pioneers Park.

This new facility entirely paid for by Valley citizens who have dug deep into their pockets to keep history alive for future generations is one of its kind in the country. The museum houses galleries honoring the different ethnic communities and their history of settlement in the Imperial Valley. It also has a place of honor for all the local young men and women who have served in this country's armed forces from the Civil War to Desert Storm. The Veterans Gallery includes artifacts and uniforms from the different wars and a memorial outside to honor those who paid with their lives.

Among the ethnic galleries at the Museum you will find the Korean Gallery with its "Turtle Ship" made by Admiral Lee Soon Shim in 1592 and the Swiss Gallery with its musical instruments played by Swiss immigrants at their local gatherings and parties. Other galleries in the Museum depict the everyday life of early immigrants from around the world and their unique contributions to this harsh and beautiful land.

  • Grumman F-14A Tomcat


Lakewood

Del Valle Park
Del Valle Park
5939 Henrilee St.
Lakewood, California
(562) 429-0545
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This aircraft is located in Del Valle Park at the corner of Henrilee St. and Woodruff Ave. in the center of Lakewood. The park was dedicated in 1957 and is named after Jose del Valle, a liberator and statesman of Honduras. This popular park is also known as "Airplane Park" for the Skynight jet fighter proudly displayed on the southeast corner of the park. This 12-acre park is also home to the Summer Concerts series.


Douglas F3D-2 "Skynight" (127039)
Photo by John Shupek

  • Douglas F3D-2 "Skynight" (127039)


Lancaster

Antelope Valley College
Aviation Department
3041 West Avenue K
Lancaster, California 93536-5426
Phone: (661) 722-6300
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Douglas D-558-2 "Skyrocket" #3
Photo by John Shupek


Location of Douglas D-558-2 "Skyrocket"
Satellite Image by Google Earth

Antelope Valley College located in Lancaster, California is the final home of a nicely displayed Douglas D-558-2 "Skyrocket" research aircraft. The aircraft sits atop a pedestal located in the center of the campus between buildings ME and OF2. The exact location of the aircraft is shown inside the red dotted circle from the Google Earth satellite photo shown above.

  • Douglas D-558-2 "Skyrocket" #3


Lancaster

Apollo County Park
General William J. Fox Airport
4555 West Avenue G
Lancaster, California 93536
Phone: (661) 940-7701
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Apollo "Boilerplate" Mockup
Photo by John Shupek

Named in honor of the Apollo 11 astronauts who first journeyed to the moon, Los Angeles County began construction of Apollo Park in 1969 and was dedicated on November 4, 1972. The park is also home to a replica Apollo Space Capsule on loan to the County from the Smithsonian Institute. This 56 acre aquatic recreation area is part of the Antelope Valley Waste Water Reclamation Project. The park is comprised of 26 acres of three recreational lakes (Aldrin, Armstrong and Collins) and 30 landscaped acres of parkland. This park is considered a "passive" recreational facility.

  • Apollo "Boilerplate"


Lancaster

Milestones of Flight Air Museum
General William J. Fox Airport
4549 Wm. Barnes Avenue
Lancaster, California 93536
Phone: (661) 940-7701
Located approximately 1/2 mile East of Terminal/Tower
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Milestones of Flight Air Museum
Photo by John Shupek

The Milestones of Flight Air Museum Is a fairly new facility that is located on the South-East end of Fox Field in the city a Lancaster, California. They have a nice collection of aircraft on display. Currently the gift shop is located in the main terminal facility at Foxfield. Be sure to stop by and check them out.

  • Armstrong-Whitworth AW.660 "Argosy"
  • Boeing KC-97G "Stratofreighter"
  • Douglas DC-3C
  • Fairchild C-119C "Flying Boxcar"
  • Fieseler (Morane-Saulnier) Fi-156C "Storch"
  • Focke-Wulf Fw.190 (homebuilt)
  • Globe GC-1A "Swift"
  • Great Lakes 2T-1A
  • Great Lakes 2T-1A-2
  • North American B-25 Mitchell (Howard Hughes personal aircraft)
  • Kitfox XL
  • North American BT-14 "Yale"
  • Pietenpol "Air Camper"
  • Sikorsky H-19
  • Aircraft Engines
  • Rocket Motors
  • Artifacts


Lancaster

Boeing Plaza — Aerospace Walk of Honor
W. Lancaster Blvd. & Sierra Hwy
Lancaster, California 93534
Phone: (661) 940-7701
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Aerospace Walk of Honor

Everybody loves a hero, and Lancaster has been home to more than its share of heroes. For more than 60 years, aviators have performed remarkable feats of heroism in the skies over the City of Lancaster. The Aerospace Walk of Honor recognizes the feats that made history and continues to honor the aerospace breakthroughs occurring over our heads in more recent years. Each year, three to five pilots are selected for their lifetime contributions in testing experimental aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base and other prestigious organizations like NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. The annual unveiling of the monuments usually takes place on September 15, 2007 at Boeing Plaza. The unveiling is followed by an evening program and banquet, which is attended by the honorees and their loved ones, City of Lancaster leadership, and the general public. The Lancaster City Council looks forward to lining Lancaster Boulevard with additional tributes of monumental achievement through the Aerospace Walk of Honor program for many years to come.


McDonnell Douglas F-4D-25-MC ''Phantom II'' (AF 64-0952)
Photos by Ron Strong


Lancaster

Jethawks
Lancaster Municipal Stadium
2400 West Avenue I
Lancaster, California 93536
Phone: (805) 726-5400
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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A "Hornet"
Photo by John Shupek

The Lancaster JetHawks Professional Baseball Club took flight in 1996 and has attracted over two million fans to Clear Channel Stadium at Lancaster, CA in eleven seasons, an average of nearly 3,000 fans per game since its inception. In 2005, the JetHawks became the third-fastest team in California League history to reach the two-million-fan milestone. Fans and sponsors agree that there is no better family entertainment value than the Antelope Valley's only professional sports franchise.

The JetHawks are the Class A affiliate of the Major League Boston Red Sox and are a member of the ten-team California League. The circuit plays a 140-game regular season schedule with clubs located throughout the Golden State.

  • McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A "Hornet"


Lemoore

Naval Air Station Lemoore
Lemoore, California 93245
Phone: (209) 998-4045
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Douglas A-4B "Skyhawk" (142094)
USN NASL Photo

We need high resolution photos of the aircraft on display at ths location. There appears to be 5 display aircraft at the base. We also need an up-to-date listing of all of the aircraft … make/model, serial or N-number, etc … Your help would be appreciated.

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NAS Lemoore is the Navy's newest and largest master jet air station. The Pacific Strike Fighter Wing with its supporting facilities are home ported here. Located in a rich agricultural area, NAS Lemoore offers sailors, Marines and civilians a small hometown atmosphere of rural America. Yet surrounding Lemoore are California's playgrounds — Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Sierra Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

In the summer months, Lemoore is hot and dry with cloudless skies. The temperature often rises above 100 degrees; however, humidity usually stays a low 25 percent. Fog starts to roll in during November through the winter months and usually burns off by the afternoon to yield sunny skies. Beaches are within a 2-hour's drive, and mountain skiing is less than a 3-hour's drive.

  • Douglas A-1H "Skyraider" (137602)
  • Douglas A-4B "Skyhawk" (142094)
  • Vought A-7C-3-CV "Corsair " (156763)


Lompoc

Vandenberg Heritage Museum
Vandenberg Air Force Base
Base Tours — Reservations Required
Every Wednesday at 10:00 am
Public Affairs Office
Phone: (805) 606-3595
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Main Gate to VAFB
Photo by John Shupek

We need high resolution photos of the aircraft on display … if any … at ths location. We couldn't find any on the satellite photos. We also need an up-to-date listing of all of the aircraft … make/model, serial or N-number, etc … Your help would be appreciated.

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Vandenberg Air Force Base is headquarters for the 30th Space Wing. The 30th manages Department of Defense space and missile testing, and placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast, using expendable boosters. Vandenberg is located on California's "Central Coast". Vandenberg and central California's coastal residents consider their environment mild. The 150 square mile area midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is surrounded by the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Pacific shore, and ranches of northern Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

  • Bomarc Missile
  • Minuteman Stages and Re-Entry Systems
  • Peacekeeper ICBM
  • Rocket Engines
  • Thor IRBM
  • Titan Stages and Re-Entry Systems
  • Titan I Missile


Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos Army Airfield (LAAAF)
Armed Forces Reserve Center
I-405 & I-605
Los Alamitos, California 90270-5001
Phone: (562) 795-2000
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Bell UH-1 "Iroquois"
Stock Photo by John Shupek

Purpose: The Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) is a full-service joint military training center, airfield and State Disaster Support Area. Strategically centered in the greater Los Angeles-Orange County area, this 1300+ acre installation serves a wide variety of military, government and public interests and makes critical assets available to the Nation and State in the event of regional disaster or emergency.

Supporting Joint Forces: The Navy established the Base in 1942 as a Naval Air Station supporting the WWII effort. The USN transferred the base to the Calif. Natl' Guard in the early '70's. Today there are 68 tenant entities representing military services, federal, state, municipal, public, private and nonprofit organizations. The larger of these agencies are the 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) of the California Army National Guard, Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Southern Region Hqs), Operation Medfly of California's Department of Food and Agriculture, the 63rd Regional Readiness Command (US Army Reserve), the National Aquatic Center, home of the US Women's Olympic Water Polo Team, Civil Support Team for Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the Army Airfield. The JFTB has a daily average of 850 employees and supports 3000+ military members for Guard and Reserve duty.

Capabilities: During regular operations the Base provides facilities to federal, state, county, and city government agencies. It is a community focal point for general public events and a military oasis. A premier training base, the JFTB provides classrooms, a distance learning and video teleconferencing center, and a variety of state-of-the-art training simulators. There are small-unit training areas including a Drop Zone for parachute drills. Monthly, the Army Airfield averages 5,000+ flights and radar ground control approaches. The airfield also stores and dispenses jet fuel for military, state, federal, and other aircraft.

Disaster Support Area: The JFTB provides a wide range of military support to civil authorities during federal and State emergency and disaster mitigation operations. With two active runways, 8000 and 5900 feet, the Los Alamitos Airfield is the region's primary airfield for emergency air transport of relief crews, humanitarian supplies, equipment relocation, and medical operations. It is an alternate site to support air transportation in the event of disaster impact to other airports. The Base will support the emergency relocation of disaster support agencies and agency disaster mitigation activities, to include crew housing, sustenance, equipment staging, communications, warehousing of relief materials, secure facilities for hazardous material handling, and command post/EOC functions. Most important is that the Governors Office of Emergency Services is located on the base.

  • Bell UH-1 "Huey"


Los Angeles

California Science Center
Aerospace Hall
Exposition Park
700 State Drive
Los Angeles, California 90037
Phone: (213) 744-7400
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Lockheed A-12 "Oxcart" (Two-Seater) CIA Reconnaissance Aircraft
Photo by John Shupek

The California Science Center is located in Exposition Park, which is home to a variety of great museums and attractions. It's also a neighbor to the University of Southern California and community gathering place Mercado La Paloma. Events take place in and around Exposition Park all year, so visit often to see what's coming up!

For nearly 20 years the California Science Center (and its predecessor institution, the California Museum of Science and Industry) has received support from various curatorial departments at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. The artifacts which have been entrusted to the Science Center's care include, from the Aeronautics Department, Excalibur III (flown by Captain Charles Blair), and the beautiful 1929 Velie Monocoupe, painstakingly restored by world famous aviator Tony LeVier. Artifacts entrusted to the Science Center from the Department of Space History include flown spacecraft such as the Gemini 11 and Mercury MR-2 space capsules; a flown Apollo spacesuit and several orbiting astronomical observatories and deep space probes. These priceless artifacts play a key role in helping the Science Center to interpret the science and engineering principles that underlie important accomplishments in aeronautics and space exploration.

This longstanding relationship between the Science Center and the Smithsonian has proven beneficial to the National Air and Space Museum as well. A clear priority of the Smithsonian Institution is to make its resources available to a wide range of cultural and educational organizations across the United States so that it becomes a truly national institution. It is in this spirit that a new outreach effort called the Affiliations Program was created to foster fruitful partnerships with museums and cultural organizations throughout the country. In recognition of the need to solicit reputable partners for the Affiliations Program, in March 2000 the chairman of the National Air and Space Museum's Space History Department invited the California Science Center to formally apply for the program. In response to this invitation, the Science Center submitted its formal request for the new status and in October 2000 entered a new chapter in its relationship with the Smithsonian Institution by formally becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate.

  • Bell 47G-5
  • Comet Glider
  • Douglas DC-3
  • Douglas DC-8-52
  • Gemini 11 Capsule
  • Lockheed A-12 "Oxcart" (Two-Seater) CIA Reconnaissance Aircraft
  • Lockheed F-104D "Starfighter"
  • Mercury MR-2 Capsule
  • North American P-51 "Mustang"
  • Northrop F-20A "Tigershark"
  • Northrop T-38A "Talon"
  • Velie Monocoupe 70
  • Wright Glider


Los Angeles

Proud Bird Restaurant and Museum
Los Angeles International Airport
11022 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90045
Phone: (310) 670-3093
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Proud Bird Restaurant at LAX
Photo by John Shupek

Opened in the early 1960's, the Proud Bird Restaurant offers its guests a fabulous dining experience with a "one of a kind" view. Located right next to one of Los Angeles International Airport's approach runways, the restaurant provides diners with a front row view of airplanes making their landing. Along with the view, the restaurant's atmosphere contributes to the unique dining experience. Themed after the era surrounding World War II, when you step through the front door you will feel as if you have stepped back in time.

Be sure to take your camera … not only can you grab photos of incoming aircraft to LAX, you can also visit their outdoor display aircraft.

  • Bell X-1 (replica)
  • Chance Vought F4U "Corsair" (replica)
  • Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk" (replica)
  • Lockheed P-38 "Lightning" (replica)
  • Lockheed P-80 "Shooting Star" (replica)
  • Messerschmitt Bf-109 (replica)
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 "Fagot" (original)
  • North American F-86 "Sabre" (replica)
  • North American P-51D "Mustang" (replica)
  • Republic P-47 "Thunderbolt" (replica)
  • Supermarine "Spitfire" (replica)


Los Gatos

City Static Display
Oak Meadow Park
200 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032 (408) 399-5781
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Lockheed T-33A "Shooting Star" (AF 53-5421)
Photo by Ron Strong

The Lockheed T-33A "Shooting Star" s/n 53-5421 in Oak Meadow Park is on loan to the Town of Los Gatos by the United States Air Force, where it has been in the playground area since July, 1974. It was manufactured by Lockheed Aircraft, Burbank, California and delivered to the USAF in December, 1954. Thanks to Ron Strong for the photo.


Marysville

Beale Air Force Base
Marysville, California 95903
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Northrop-Grumman RQ-4 "Global Hawk"
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Location of SR-71A and D-21 display aircraft
Satellite image via Google Earth

We need high resolution photos of the aircraft on display at ths location. Your help would be appreciated.

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The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is responsible for providing national and theater command authorities with timely, reliable, high-quality, high-altitude reconnaissance products. To accomplish this mission, the wing is equipped with the nation's fleet of U-2 and RQ-4 reconnaissance aircraft and associated support equipment. The wing also maintains a high state of readiness in its expeditionary combat support forces for potential deployment in response to theater contingencies. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is composed of more than 3,000 personnel in four groups at Beale and multiple overseas operating locations.

History

On May 1, 1999, the 9 th Reconnaissance Wing celebrated the 50th anniversary of its activation at Fairfield-Suisun (present-day Travis) AFB, Calif. The wing's lineage and honors history extends back even further. Soon after the 9 th Bombardment Wing activated, the 9 th Bombardment Group inactivated and the group's lineage and honors passed on to the wing. The group stood up at Mitchel Field, New York, on August 1, 1922, as headquarters for the 1st (the oldest Air Force squadron) and 5 th Squadrons. The 99th Squadron joined the group on November 9, 1928.

In March 1916, the 1st Aero Squadron, with Captain Benjamin D. Foulois as commander, supported General "Black Jack" Pershing's punitive expeditions into Mexico. Pancho Villa had raided Columbus, New Mexico, and Pershing pursued and hoped to capture him. On March 16, 1916, Captain T.F. Dodd, with Captain Foulois as observer, flew the first American aerial reconnaissance mission in combat. (The wavy line in the middle of the wing's emblem represents the Rio Grande River and the 1st Aero Squadron's operations in 1916).

Both the 1st and the 99th Aero Squadrons flew in World War I. Between 12 and 15 September 1918, they joined the great air armada of 1,481 airplanes in a massive air offensive in the St. Mihiel sector of France. The squadrons also participated in the Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, and Meuse-Argonne combat operations. (The four black crosses on the wing's emblem commemorate these air battles).

In World War II, the 9th Bombardment Group fought in the Pacific Theater. On April 15-16, 1945, 339th Group B-29s flew 1,500 miles, low-level to avoid detection, over water, at night, to attack heavily-defended Kawasaki, Japan. Enemy searchlight, anti-aircraft guns, and flak boats destroyed four of the group's 33 bombers and damaged six others. But the attack demolished Kawasaki's strategic industrial district. The group earned a Distinguished Unit Emblem (DUE) for its actions. The unit won another DUE the following month for mining the Shimonoseki Straits and the waters around Honshu and Kyushu blocking Inland Sea traffic and isolating important Japanese ports.

After its activation in 1949, the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing's 1st , 5th , and 99th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadrons flew RB-29s and RB-36s on visual, photographic, electronic and weather reconnaissance missions. The Air Force redesignated the wing the 9th Bombardment Wing on April 1,1950. In 1953, the wing moved from Fairfield-Suisun AFB to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. There, B-47s replaced the B-29s. The wing's B-47s were an integral part of the Strategic Air Command's (SAC) nuclear deterrent force until 1966. In November 1955, the wing displayed SAC's ability to strike anywhere in the world by flying nonstop from Mountain Home AFB to New Zealand, a distance of 8,300 miles.

The 9th returned to its roots on June 25, 1966, when the Air Force redesignated the wing the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing and transferred it to Beale AFB. The wing would fly the new SR-71 "Blackbird," a supersonic, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft. Flying above 80,000 feet at more than 2,000 mph, the SR-71 could survey over 100,000 squares miles in an hour. The airplane quickly became operational and began flying missions throughout Southeast Asia. Rescuers used SR-71 photos to plan the raid on Son Tay prison to free American prisoners-of-war. After the Vietnam War, the SR-71 established a level-flight-at-altitude record at 85,131 feet and a straight-course speed record of 2,194 mph.

On July 1, 1976, the U-2 joined the SR-71 in the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing giving the unit two of the most unique aircraft in the world. The "Dragon Lady" had gained national and international recognition with flights over the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and Southeast Asia. The U-2 was the perfect complement to the SR-71. The Blackbird could penetrate highly-defended areas, take a "quick look," and depart at high speeds. The Dragon Lady could spend more time "on-station" and furnish a "long look" at the desired target. The U-2 was also much less expensive to fly. In 1989, the Air Force decided the SR-71 was too expensive to operate and retired the Blackbird on January 1, 1990. Although it made a brief revival in the mid-90s, today the aircraft is again retired.

The U-2, meanwhile, continued to prove its worth. In 1990-91, the wing deployed the largest contingent of U-2s ever to Saudi Arabia to support Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM. The Dragon Lady tracked Iraqi troop and armor buildups, assessed bomb damage, and monitored a massive oil spill in the Persian Gulf. U-2 pilots alerted ground stations of Scud missile launches and guided fighter aircraft to destroy Scud launchers. After the Gulf War, the U-2 stayed in Saudi Arabia to monitor Iraqi compliance with the peace agreement. In 1998, the Dragon Lady set a weight-to-altitude record and in 1999 won the Collier Trophy, aviation's most coveted award.

In 2001, the historic 12th Reconnaissance Squadron joined the wing as the parent unit for the RQ-4 GLOBAL HAWK. An unmanned, remotely piloted high-altitude reconnaissance platform, the GLOBAL HAWK can linger over a target for 24 hours. The first production model should arrive later this year. This will add another weapon to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing's vital role in our nation's defense. Today, the U-2 furnishes the National Command Authorities critical information on which to base important decisions. To do this, the wing operates permanent detachments and temporary operating locations at critical sites around the world. At any given moment, day or night, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, there is probably a 9th Reconnaissance Wing U-2 flying an operational mission somewhere in the world

  • Lockheed SR-71A "Blackbird" (display)
  • Lockheed D-21 Drone (display)


Marysville

Museum of the Forgotten Warriors
5865 A Road
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 742-3090
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Bell UH-1 "Iroquois" (Huey)
Skytamer Images stock photo by John Shupek

We need high resolution photos of the aircraft on display at ths location. We also need make/model, serial numbers, etc. Your help would be appreciated.

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A privately-owned museum established in 1985, the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors pays homage to the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. The museum is arranged in two parts, with United States and South Vietnamese objects on one side, and objects from Viet Cong on the other. Exhibits tell the story of the war from a soldier's perspective using patches, weapons, uniforms, photographs and letters.

Open first Saturday of each month, Veterans Day & Memorial Day 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

  • Bell UH-1H "Iroquois" (Huey)
  • Hughes OH-6 "Cayuse"


Mather (Sacramento)

Sacramento VA Medical Center
10535 Hospital Road
Mather, California 95655
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Republic F-105G "Wild Weasel" at Sacramento VA Medical Center
Photos by Ron Strong

The Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is an integrated health care delivery system, offering a comprehensive array of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, primary, mental health and extended care to veterans in northern California. VANCHCS serves an area consisting of more than 377,700 veterans dispersed over a wide geographic area spanning approximately 40,000 square miles. The health system is comprised of a medical center in Sacramento; a rehabilitation and extended care facility in Martinez; seven outpatient clinics, a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Oakland; and dental clinics in Vallejo, Sacramento, and Redding. The Sacramento VA Medical Center is a 50-bed, state-of-the-art, inpatient facility offering a full range of comprehensive health care services including medical, surgical, primary and mental health care. The medical center, which is comprised of 28 medical-surgical beds, 12 TCU beds, 10 ICU beds, and a four room operating suite, also houses a cardiac catheterization lab, a gastrointestinal & endoscopy suite, angiography capability and 16,000 square-feet of research laboratory. The medical center offers a wide range of outpatient and diagnostic services, including mammography, MRI, CT, and PET scanning.

According to Ron Strong, the Republic F-105G ''Thunderchief'' (Wild Weasel) shown above is the only display aircraft left the site of the old Mather AFB. Thanks again to Ron for the pictures!


Modesto

CAF Central California Valley Squadron
Hangar 1S, Harry Sham Field
Modesto, California 95354
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Cessna L-19 "Bird Dog"
CAF Central California Valley Squadron Photo

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The Central California Valley Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is dedicated to the preservation of operational heritage military aircraft. They have a Stinson L-5 "Grasshopper" aircraft that is fully operational and they are in the process for restoring a Vultee BT-13 "Valiant" WWII basic trainer. They host many activities for both pilots and non-pilots in their organization. They have a General Membership Meeting on the 1st Thursday of every month in their hangar at Harry Sham Field (Modesto Airport). They are located in Hangar 1S at the airport, a 15,000 facility.

They are in the process of developing of a first class Heritage Airpower Museum in the Hangar. If you have an interest in helping them in any of these activities, please give them a call. If you have any heritage artifacts from WWII or later that you would like to consign to them, they will provide secure, appropriate display. If you would rather donate any item of interest, appropriate tax deductions may be available since they are a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

  • Stinson L-5 "Grasshopper"
  • Vultee BT-13 "Valiant"


Mojave

Mojave Airport
Mojave Airport
East Kern Airport District
434 Flightline
Mojave, California 93501
Phone: (661) 824-2433
Fax: (661) 824-2914 or 2620
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Convair 990 at the Mojave Airport
Photo by John Shupek

Carcasses of out-of-use aircraft can be found at Mojave's so-called 'boneyard', one of the largest resting places for retired liners in America. Some of the vintage craft laid to rest at the Mojave 'scrapper' include the ultra rare APSA 990, which first flew in 1962 for APSA Peru until it was reposed in 1973 and was narrowly escaped being 'crashed' for a FOX network TV special, and the TWA Constellation, perhaps the most beautiful commercial aircraft ever manufactured. Tours of the airfield can sometimes be arranged — call 661 824 2433 for more information.

  • This is really a fun place to explore
  • World's only civilian flight test center
  • Home of the National Test Pilot's School
  • There's all kinds of aircraft out here!!


Mountain View

NASA Ames Research Center
Visitor Center
Moffett Field
Mountain View, California 94035
Phone: (415) 604-6274
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NASA Ames Visitor Center
Photo by John Shupek

NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) is a NASA facility located at Moffett Federal Airfield, which covers 43 acres at the borders of the cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale in California. This research center is most commonly called NASA Ames. ARC was founded on December 20, 1939 as the second laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and moved to NASA in 1958. The Sunnyvale site at Moffett Field was selected in October 1939 by the Charles Lindbergh Committee established by an act of the U.S. Congress in August 1939. The Ames Aeronautical Laboratory (now the Ames Research Center) was named after Joseph Sweetman Ames a longtime (1919-1939) NACA chairman. ARC is active in aeronautical research, life sciences, space science, and technology research, especially information technology, including machine learning and artificial intelligence. The Center houses the world's largest wind tunnel, part of the National Full-Scale Aerodynamic Complex (NFAC). Although decommissioned by NASA in 2003, the NFAC is now being operated by the U. S. Air Force as a satellite facility of the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC). The buildings at Moffett Field consist of those belonging to NASA proper, including the wind tunnels and other core research facilities, as well as an academic research park intended to foster collaborations with universities. Members of this Ames campus include Carnegie Mellon West, the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) (administered by the University of California, Santa Cruz), the SJSU Metropolitan Technology Center (part of San Jose State University), and The Space Technology Center (STC) (managed by San Jose State University).

  • Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
  • Lockheed U-2
  • Mercury Space Capsule
  • Rockwell HiMat
  • Space Shuttle (1/3 scale)


Mountain View

Moffett Field Museum
Hangar #1 (originally the dirigible Macon hanger)
Moffett Field, California
Phone: (650) 964-4024
FAX: 650 964-4028
Moffett Field Historical Society
P.O. Box 16
Moffett Field, CA 94035
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Lockheed SP-2E ''Neptune'' (BuNo 128383)
Lockheed P-3A ''Orion'' (BuNo 150509)
Photos by Ron Strong

The Moffett Field Historical Society was founded in May of 1993, as the result of the community "Hail and Farewell" for the Navy as Moffett Field was closing. One year after the founding of the Historical Society, the Moffett Field Museum, a non-profit institution, was created. The Museum, managed and staffed by volunteers, was initially located inside Hangar One, which was built to house the dirigible USS Macon in 1934. In 2002, Hangar One was closed to all personnel due to PCB contamination, and the Museum was relocated to an adjacent building. Moffett Field is located in the Sunnyvale-Mountain View area of the southern San Francisco bay, adjacent to Highway 101, approximately 10 miles north of San Jose. From Highway 101, take the Moffett Blvd. exit towards Moffett Field. Enter the main gate via the left-most lane. From this lane, the road dog-legs to the right at the parade ground, and becomes S. Akron Dr., a one-way street. Hangar One is directly in front of you as you pass Bldg. 17, the main administration building. Continue toward Hangar One until you reach Severyns Av., which is one block from the hangar. Turn right on Severyns Av. (a one-way street). Part way up this street, before you reach the stop sign, you will see the old water tower on the right, and the Moffett Museum on the left. Park in the lot just before the museum building, or across the street.


North Highlands

Aerospace Museum of California
5934 Price Avenue (corner of Freedom Park Drive and Price Avenue)
McClellan, CA 95652
Phone: (916) 643-3192
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In 1982 a group of volunteers chartered an aviation museum that was to become known as the McClellan Aviation Museum. The Museum officially opened in 1986 and hosted over 500,000 visitors on McClellan AFB in Sacramento, CA. However, in 2001 McClellan AFB closed and another group of volunteers converted the Museum to a private foundation. In November 2005, they completed the transformation of this historic aviation museum when they chartered the Aerospace Museum of California. Their mission is to carry on the heritage of aviation in California's Capital region by focusing the new museum on education and aerospace. The Museum has plans to a totally new museum and learning center complex that educates visitors and highlights the rich aviation heritage of the area. This heritage includes the contributions of aerospace industries to our country's space era, and recognizes the individual contributions of the women and men of the armed forces and the civilian work force that was critical for our nation's defense. The new Aerospace Museum of California include: the Hardie Setzer Aerospace Pavilion, the Air Park, the Aerospace Learning Center, the Aviation Historic Center, and the McClellan Memorial Plaza. The planned opening date for the new Pavilion and Air Park is early 2007. Meanwhile as they build, the Air Park, the Gift Shop, and all the aircraft are still open. And, of course, you can view the aircraft and many of our engines on this web site. More aircraft will be added in mid 2006 as they a Douglas A-4 "Skyhawk", and a Grumman F-14 "Tomcat."


Display Line at the Old McClellan Aviation Museum
Photo by Bill Church

  • Beech UC-45J "Expediter"
  • Convair F-102A "Delta Dagger"
  • Convair VC-131 "Samaritan"
  • Douglas A-1E "Skyraider"
  • Douglas C-53D "Skytrooper"
  • Douglas A-4? "Skyhawk" (need model and s/n)
  • Douglas C-54D "Skymaster"
  • Fairchild C-119G "Flying Boxcar"
  • General Dynamics FB-111A "Aardvark"
  • Grumman HU-16B "Albatross"
  • Grumman F-14A "Tomcat" (need model and s/n)
  • Lockheed EC-121D "Warning Star"
  • Lockheed F-104B "Starfighter"
  • Lockheed F-80B "Shooting Star"
  • Lockheed T-33A "T-Bird"
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4C "Phantom II"
  • McDonnell F-101B "Voodoo"
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17PF "Fresco E"
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F "Fishbed"
  • North American F-100D "Super Sabre"
  • North American F-86F "Sabre"
  • North American F-86L "Dog Sabre"
  • North American T-28B "Trojan"
  • North American T-39A "Sabreliner"
  • North American T-6G "Texan"
  • Piasecki CH-21C "Workhorse"
  • Pitts Racer (need Model and N-number)
  • Republic A-10A "Thunderbolt II"
  • Republic F-105D "Thunderchief"
  • Republic F-84F "Thunderstreak"
  • Sikorsky CH-3E "Jolly Green Giant"
  • Taylorcraft L-2M "Grasshopper"
  • Vought A-7D "Corsair"


Oakland

CAF Golden Gate Squadron
Oakland International Airport
Oakland, CA 94601
Phone: (510) 568-7708

mail
Golden Gate Wing
Commemorative Air Force
P.O. Box 6056 Oakland, CA 94603
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The Mission of the Commemorative Air Force is to Promote and Preserve in Flying Condition, the History and Esprit de Corps of Military Aviation. The Golden Gate Wing is the San Francisco bay area's chapter of the Commemorative Air Force and has more than 250 active members who meet regularly, maintain and fly Wing aircraft, and take part in air shows and educational events. The Golden Gate Wing had its Bay Area roots in the CAF Pacific Wing in 1981. From that original organization came the core of today's Wing and the 1991 allocation by CAF headquarters of a North American SNJ-5 (aka AT-6 Texan). The Golden Gate Wing has hosted two major events at Oakland International Airport's North Field. We organized the 1991 air show honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American flying instructors and combat pilots of World War II, and 1995's Freedom Week, featuring the CAF's B-29 "Fifi" and B-24 "Diamond Lil". Both offered the general public an opportunity to see historic types of aircraft fly, and to meet pilots and crewmembers that flew those machines during the war.


Lockheed T-33A "Shooting Star"
CAF Golden Gate Squadron Website

  • Lockheed T-33A "Shooting Star"
  • North American SNJ-5 "Texan"


Oakland

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 238-2200
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The Oakland Museum of California provides unique collections, exhibitions and educational opportunities designed to generate a broader and deeper understanding of and interest in California's environment, history, art and people. Museum programs are responsive, accessible and meaningful to the public, including school children, teachers, scholars, the immediate Oakland community, and an increasingly diverse California population.

Gallery of California Art

Selections from the museum's permanent collection include approximately 600 works in a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and decorative arts in the collection. The installation traces the development of artistic expression in California from the early 1800s to the present. Art Department, third level.

California: A Place, A People, A Dream

The Cowell Hall of California History displays the most extensive collection of material related to California's complex history. This permanent exhibit of more than 6,000 artifacts illustrates major events and trends that have shaped the state, from the pre-European-contact world of the region's native peoples to the complex, technological world of today. History Department, second level.

Walk Across California

The Hall of California Ecology takes the visitor on a simulated journey through California's diverse ecosystems, observing plants and animals found from the Pacific coastline to the High Sierra and the inland desert. Exhibits contain approximately 2,500 natural specimens organized around basic ecological principles highlighting relationships among plants, animals, geology and climate. The Aquatic California Gallery presents an overview of our aquatic environments, including the oceans, rivers and streams and estuaries. Natural Sciences Department, first level.

The Oakland Museum of California is located in downtown Oakland, one block from the Lake Merritt BART station and a few blocks from highway 880. Parking is available in their underground garage, or you can park in the lot located at the Kaiser Events Center next to the museum on 10th Street.

The Museum is reported to have a 1919 Meteor on display. To date we have not be able to confirm this.


Oakland Museum of California
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  • 1919 Meteor


Oakland

Oakland Western Aerospace Museum
8260 Boeing Street
Building 621
North Field, Oakland Airport
Oakland, California 94614
Phone: (510) 638-7100
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Founded in 1980, the Oakland Western Aerospace Museum is a nonprofit organization on Oakland International Airport's historic North Field, just 10 minutes south of downtown Oakland, California. Today, Oakland's Western Aerospace Museum is set among majestic Art Deco buildings heralding the days of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart in a restored historic airplane hanger.

In 1986 the doors opened Western Aerospace Museum to the public in a single room in hanger five, an original 1929-vintage hanger of the Boeing School of Aeronautics at Oakland International's North Field. "Hangar five still exists. It's located on Earhart Road and currently houses offices on the street-side of the building and Kaiser Air aircraft parking on the air-side. The Museum was initially located in one large room upstairs and later in a large room downstairs. In November 1988, the Museum was relocated to its present location, Building 62, built in 1940 by the Boeing School of Aeronautics to train aviation mechanics for the US Army Air Corps and US Navy. The hangar, provided by the Port of Oakland, has undergone a significant transformation with the help of private and corporate funding and the dedicated work of hundreds of volunteers.

Over the years the Port of Oakland has allocated additional space to the museum, most recently, in 2003, a strip of land to the eastern edge of the ramp and the rear section of the hangar. In addition to the 100,000+ square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, today's facilities include an auditorium, restoration shop, gift shop, and a 5000+ book library.

The museum's restored-hangar home, and surrounding ramp area, now house more than 30 vintage and modern airplanes -- both civilian and military -- and other displays that highlight noted aviators and innovators. Display areas include Early Pioneers in Aviation, Women in Aviation, WWI, WWII, Airlines, Engines, Simulators, Model Airplanes, and Space. All displays have been gifted or are on loan by individuals interested in preserving aviation history for the education of future generations. Members and volunteers who share a common interest in aviation history maintain the exhibits.


Western Aerospace Museum
Photo by John Shupek

  • Arrow Sport Model F
  • Bede BD-5B
  • Boeing-Stearman PT-13 Kaydet
  • Bucker Bu-133 Jüngmeister (replica)
  • Douglas A-4M Skyhawk
  • Douglas KA-3B Skywarrior
  • Douglas KA-3B Skywarrior (tanker)
  • Eastern TBM-3E Avenger
  • Funk Model B
  • Grumman KA-6D Intruder
  • Hawker Siddeley TAV-8A Harrier
  • Ikarus Aero 3A
  • Lockheed L-10A Electra
  • Lockheed RP-3A Orion
  • Lockheed Vega DL-1B Special
  • Monocoupe 110
  • Short Solent Mk. III Flying Boat
  • Vought A-7E Corsair II
  • Wright EX Vin Fiz (replica)
  • ZLIN 526 Trener II


Palmdale

Blackbird Airpark Museum
Avenue P & 25th Street East
Palmdale, California
Phone: (805) 277-8050
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The Blackbird Airpark opened in November 1991. It is the world's only display of a Lockheed SR-71A together with its Blackbird predecessor, the A-12, and the once ultra-secret D-21 drone. A U-2D was added to the display in November 2001. The airpark was established to preserve the proud heritage of the entire Blackbird family and, through the restoration, preservation, and display of these unique aircraft, provide the visiting public with an interesting and educational experience. The High Desert Contractors Association managed construction of the airpark. Association members, other businesses, private parties, and suppliers in the Southern California area donated most of the labor and materials. The Flight Test Historical Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is raising funds for improvements to the airpark, and the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) Museum at Edwards AFB is responsible for the airpark's day-to-day management.

The aircraft on display, A-12 #60-6924, SR-71A #64-17973, and U-2D #56-6721, are USAF historical property and are on loan (the A-12 and U-2 to the AFFTC Museum and the SR-71A to Det 1, Aeronautical Systems Center, at Plant 42) for display at the Blackbird Airpark. The A-12 on display is Blackbird number one and first flew on 26 April 1962. It was used as a flight test vehicle throughout its career. The SR-71A on display was delivered to the Strategic Air Command in 1968 and performed operational missions with the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB, California until 1987 when it was retired due to structural damage. The U-2D operated out of Edwards AFB with the 6512th Test Group for and was previously on display at March AFB from 1981 to 1996 before being placed on display in the airpark. All three aircraft were repainted courtesy of Lockheed's Skunk Works. The D-21 drone is on loan from NASA and was refurbished by airpark volunteers. The three-acre airpark is located on the Air Force's Production Flight Test Installation at Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. The airpark's "Blackbird Heritage Courtyard" is being paved with name-engraved bricks that can be purchased by the general public. The courtyard is enclosed by a wall where Blackbird designers, record-setters, and other program participants-and Blackbird Airpark contributors-will eventually be recognized. The airpark is manned by AFFTC Museum volunteers and is open Friday through Sunday (weather permitting), from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is closed on Federal holidays. Admission is free.


Lockheed D-21 Drone
Photo by John Shupek

  • Lockheed A-12 "Oxcart"
  • Lockheed D-21 "Drone"
  • Lockheed SR-71A "Blackbird"
  • Pratt & Whitney JT11 Turbojet Engine


Palmdale

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42
2001 E. Avenue P
Palmdale, California
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McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II at the Palmdale Plant 42 Airpark
Photo by John Shupek

The Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 was dedicated at a ground breaking ceremony on October 20, 1998. Located between 20th Street East and 25th Street East on Avenue P in Palmdale, this 26.4-acre Airpark celebrates the rich aerospace heritage of Palmdale.

Visitors to the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 may view a collection of aircraft flown,tested, designed, produced or modified at United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. The first five-acre phase of the Airpark includes 12 planes on display plus a scale model of the B-2 Spirit and a full-size U-2 horizontal stabilizer and engine. Additionally, a C-46 is currently being restored. Over 40 different aircraft may be on display when the park is fully built out.

The Airpark exists primarily because of volunteer support along with aircraft and material donations. When a plane is donated, Airpark volunteers disassemble the craft, transport it to the Airpark, and then restore it piece-by-piece before reassembling it for display.

Most of the restoration work is currently done in a 3,500-square-foot restoration shop donated by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. A second building measuring 15,750 square feet will eventually be used to house aerospace memorabilia exhibits. A future 5,000-square-foot visitors center will be built to house private donations accumulated by the City as well as a snack bar and gift shop.

  • Curtiss C-46D "Commando" (AF 44-78019A)
  • Douglas A-4C "Skyhawk" (BuNo 145067)
  • Ling-Temco-Vought A-7B "Corsair II" (BuNo 154449)
  • Grumman F-14D "Super Tomcat" (BuNo 164350)
  • Lockheed C-140 "Jetstar" (N814NA)
  • Lockheed F-104C "Starfighter" (AF 57-0915)
  • Lockheed T-33A "Shooting Star" (AF 51-4533)
  • McDonnell F-101F "Voodoo" (AF 58-0324)
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4D "Phantom II" (AF 65-0696)
  • North American F-86 "Sabre" (ex RCAF 23231)
  • North American F-100D "Super Sabre" (AF 54-2299)
  • Northrop F-5E "Tiger II" (AF 74-1529)
  • Northrop T-38A "Talon" (AF 63-8182)
  • Northrop Grumman B-2A "Spirit" (1:8 scale model)
  • Republic F-105G "Thunderchief" (s/n #62-4416)
  • Rutan "Triumph" 143


Palm Springs

Palm Springs Air Museum
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, California 92262
Phone: (760) 320-6262 ext. 222
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Douglas C-47 Skytrain at the Palm Springs Air Museum
Photo by John Shupek

The Palm Springs Air Museum, is a non-profit educational institution, whose mission is to exhibit, educate and eternalize the role of the World War II combat aircraft and the role the pilots and American citizens had in achieving this great victory. In addition to flying aircraft, related artifacts, artwork, and library sources are used to perpetuate American history.

The significance of World War Two is unparalleled in all of the history of the world in that it was the greatest, most costly conflict ever fought, taking the lives of more than 70 million people. It was Air Power that altered the outcome of that war and forever changed the lives of every person alive today.

To accomplish this mission, the Palm Springs Air Museum uses the following components of the collection:

  • One of the world's largest collections of flying World War Two warplanes
  • Rare and original combat photography
  • Original artworks, including enormous murals
  • Artifacts, memorabilia, and uniforms of WWII
  • Comprehensive graphics and historical themes
  • Continuous video documentaries

Aircraft Collection

  • Bell P-63 "Kingcobra"
  • Boeing B-17G "Flying Fortress"
  • Boeing Stearman PT-17 "Kaydet"
  • Boeing-Stearman PT-18 "Kaydet"
  • Chance Vought F4U-1 "Corsair"
  • Chance Vought OS2U-3 "Kingfisher"
  • Curtiss-Wright P-40N "Warhawk"
  • Douglas A-26C "Invader"
  • Douglas SBD-5 "Dauntless" (restoration project)
  • Eastern FM-2 "Wildcat"
  • General Dynamics F-16N "Fighting Falcon"
  • Grumman C-1A COD Transport
  • Grumman F-14A "Tomcat"
  • Grumman F6F-5K "Hellcat"
  • Grumman F7F-3 "Tigercat"
  • Grumman F8F-1 "Bearcat"
  • Grumman OA-13/G-21 "Goose"
  • Grumman TBM-3E "Avenger"
  • Lockheed P-38J-20-LO "Lightning"
  • North American AT-6 "Texan"
  • North American B-25N "Mitchell"
  • North American P-51D "Mustang"
  • Republic P-47G-15-CU "Thunderbolt"
  • Ryan PT-22 "Recruit"
  • Supermarine "Spitfire" Mk. XIV
  • Yakovlev Yak-11 "Moose"


Pasadena

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Visitor Center
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, California 91109
Phone: (818) 354-4321
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Mars Exploration Rover 1
JPL Photo

JPL is a NASA center staffed and managed for the government by a leading private university, Caltech -- and thus we are known as a federally funded research and development center. I believe that this marriage of the government and university worlds lends us a wonderful intellectual infusion to drive our exploration efforts. Caltech anchors us in the world of excellence and academic curiosity, while NASA gives us the opportunity to reach for the stars.

Venturing into the unknown is not always easy. But as Teddy Roosevelt once said, "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

The JPL Public Services Office offers tours free of charge for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis. You must speak with a Public Services Office representative well in advance in order to reserve a tour. Reservations may not be made via e-mail, voice mail or fax.

To make a reservation, please call the Public Tours Office at 818.354.9314

Visitor Day Tours

We offer Visitor Day tours for individuals and families (up to nine persons) several times per month. These tours run approximately once per week on Monday or Wednesday on an alternating basis. Visitor Day Tours are generally held at 1:00 p.m.

Group Tours

Tours for groups of 10 or more, with a maximum of 40 persons, are available throughout the week and are booked by an initial telephone call to make a tentative reservation. Morning and afternoon group tours are offered Monday through Friday. Please call for available times and dates. Groups must provide a confirmation letter within 10 working days of initial phone call, as well as a final roster of all participants at least one month before the day of the tour. Persons not on the roster arriving the day of the tour will not be admitted.

About the Tours

All tours are 2-2.5 hours in duration and commonly include a multi-media presentation on JPL entitled "Spirit of Exploration ," which provides an overview of the Laboratory's activities and accomplishments. Guests may also visit the von Karman Visitor Center, the Space Flight Operations Facility, and the In-Situ Instruments Laboratory.

JPL requires that all U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, present official, government issued photo identification (driver's license or passport) before being allowed entry. All non-U.S. Citizens 18 years of age or older must present a passport or resident visa (green card) before being allowed entry. Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the Laboratory.

Please be advised that tours involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing. Wheelchair access can be accommodated with advance notice, however wheelchairs cannot be provided. Don't forget to dress for the weather the tour will proceed rain or shine!

  • Artifacts
  • Satellites
  • Space Program Displays


Paso Robles

Estrella Warbirds Museum
Paso Robles Municipal Airport
4251 Dry Creek Road
PO Box 570
Paso Robles, California 93446
Phone: (805) 227-0440
Fax: (805) 238-9317
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Lockheed F-104A Starfighter
Photo by John Shupek

Adopting a name to memorialize the World War II Estrella Army Air Force Base that is now Paso Robles Municipal Airport, the Museum was chartered as a not-for-profit California corporation in 1995, and 501(c.3) accreditation soon followed to establish us with the US Departments of Navy and Air Force, as well as the state of California, as an organization approved to receive surplus aircraft and other government properties.

Located on the airport proper, the Museum is one of the few "fly-in or drive-in" facilities in the nation, and has about 200 members who rub elbows and enjoy the camaraderie at our monthly dinner meetings. Presently, hours are limited to weekends, and there is no charge for admission to the Museum or its grounds. Everyone is welcome to come and see the growth of something exciting…

A most ambitious plan took wing about 15 years ago as the Estrella Warbirds Museum, in which the primary goal would be to preserve, perpetuate, and display American aviation history, especially that of our nation's military services.

  • 1947 Aeronca 7EC/L-16A (USAF)
  • 1972 Bede BD-5J Microjet
  • 1956 Beech D45 (US Navy)
  • 1961 Bell Huey (US Army)
  • 1962 Cessna T-37B (USAF)
  • 1965 Douglas A4A (USN)
  • 1968 Grumman A-6E (USN)
  • 1954 Grumman US-2D (USN / CDF)
  • 1962 Lockheed TF-104G (USAF / NASA)
  • 1952 Lockheed T-33A (USAF)
  • 1955 Lockheed T-33A (USAF)
  • 1966 LTV RF-8G Crusader (USN)
  • 1966 MDD F-4J Phantom II (USMC)
  • 1946 North American L-17A (USAF)
  • 1968 North American OV-10A (USAF / USFS)
  • 1952 North American QF-86F (USN)
  • 1955 North American T-28B (USN)
  • 1975 Northrop-Grumman F-14B Tomcat (USN)
  • 1983 Rutan Vari-Eze
  • 1943 Stinson L-5E (USMC)
  • 1967 Vought A-7C Corsair II (USN)
  • 1942 Vultee SNV-1 (USMC)
    Partial Aircraft
  • 1959 McDonnell F-4D Phantom (USN)
    Vintage non-Museum aircraft belonging to members and hangared elsewhere on-field
  • 1945 Beech AT-11 (USAAF)
  • 1918 Curtiss JN-4D Jenny (USAS)
  • 1944 Morrissey 2000-C
  • 1944 Stinson V77 Reliant


Point Mugu

NAWC Pt. Mugu Airpark
Naval Air Road & Wood Road (off Highway 1)
Point Mugu, California 93042-5000
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Grumman F-14A "Tomcat"
Photo by John Shupek

The NAWC Pt. Mugu Airpark is located at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and SR1 just outside NAWC Pt. Mugu. The Airpark features numerous missiles and aircraft that the Navy used and tested at Pt. Mugu. The weapons on display span the timeframe from the close of World War II to the present. This is a must stop if you're driving along the Pacific Coast Highway (SR1).

  • "Bullpup" missile
  • Grumman F-14A-65-GR "Tomcat" (158623)
  • "Harpoon" missile
  • "Lark" missile
  • "Loon" missile (American V-1)
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4S "Phantom II"
  • "Oriole" missile
  • "Petrel" missile
  • "Phoenix" missile
  • "Polaris" missile
  • "Shrike" missile
  • "Sidewinder" missile
  • "Standard" missile
  • Vought "Regulus I" missile
  • Vought "Regulus II" missile


Port Hueneme

Air National Guard — 146th Airlift Wing
100 Mulcahey Drive
Port Hueneme, California 93041
(800) 831-9968
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North American F-86A-5-NA "Sabre"
Photo by John Shupek

The 146th is one of only four C-130 units whose contribution to our nation's aerial fire fighting capability includes equipment and techniques for efficient, effective suppression of large wild land fires from the air. Since 1974, using the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) units supplied by the U.S. Forest Service and mounted in four C-130s, the wing's aerial fire fighting crews have been credited with saving many lives and countless millions of dollars worth of structures, forests, and brush land in California, and many other States and countries as well. During a particularly difficult fire season around the Mediterranean Sea, the Italian government requested and received MAFFS-equipped aircraft, crews, and support personnel from the 146th. For several weeks, our aircraft and crews fought fires in Italy and Sardinia, while training local fire fighters in MAFFS techniques, and earning the respect and admiration of many European aerial fire fighters. The fire seasons of 1993 and 1994 were the worst on record. The Malibu fires of 1993 literally burned to the edge of our base. But it was in 1994, with over 55,000 wildfires raging throughout the western States, that the 146th, along with three other MAFFS-equipped guard and reserve units flew nearly 2,000 missions, dropping fifty-one million pounds of fire retardant.

  • North American F-86A-5-NA "Sabre" (s/n #49-1046)


Ramona

Classic Rotors Museum
Ramona Airport
2898 Montecito Road, Hanger. 'G'
Ramona, CA 92065
760-803-0244
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Classic Rotors Museum
Photo by John Shupek

Classic Rotors is a California based, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic helicopters and vintage rotorcraft. During the past year we have grown to have the worlds largest collection of airworthy historic helicopters. With the support of many volunteers and donations, Classic Rotors now has over 42 rotorcraft and attends more than a dozen air shows each year.

  • 1957 Vertol H-21B "Shawnee"
  • 1952 Piasecki HUP-1 "Retriever"
  • 1972 RotorWay 133 "Scorpion"
  • 1964 Brantly 305
  • 1952 Piasecki H-25 / HUP-1 "Retriever"
  • 1962 Jovair YH-30 (McCulloch 4E)
  • 1976 Kamov Ka-26 "Hoodlum"
  • 1960 Monte Copter 15
  • 1950 Sikorsky H-19 "Chickasaw"
  • 1954 Hiller OH-23B "Raven"
  • 1953 Hiller H-32 "Hornet"
  • 1958 Vertol V-44B
  • 1953 Kaman HOK-1
  • 1952 Sikorsky H-19D "Whirlwind"
  • Aerospatiale SA 341
  • 1998 RRC ATV "ROTON"


Ridgecrest

U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology
Naval Air Warefare Center China Lake
Ridgecrest, California

The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photo by Peter S. Kuntz)

Bell AH-1J SeaCobra (BuNo 159224, c/n 26064) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

Douglas XF4D-1 Skyray (BuNo 124587, c/n 7464) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

Douglas AD-4N Skyraider (BuNo 125736) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

Douglas YA4D-1 Skyhawk (BuNo 137814) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk (BuNo 152102, c/n 13490) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

Grumman F11F-1F Super Tiger (BuNo 138647) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

Grumman A-6A/E Intruder (BuNo 152936) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

Hawker Siddeley AV-8A/C Harrier (BuNo 159249) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

McDonnell Douglas YF-4J (F4H-1) Phantom II (BuNo 151743) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

Ling-Temco-Vought A-7C-3-CV Corsair II (BuNo 156797, c/n E.064) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

Lockheed Polaris A1 (UGM-27A) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

McDonnell Douglas RF-4B-43-MC Phantom II (BuNo 157348) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

McDonnell Douglas F-18A-1-MC Hornet (BuNo 160775) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A-20-MC Hornet (Lot 9) (BuNo 163092) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

North American QF-86F Sabre (627497) on display (10/6/2012) at the The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NAWS China Lake, California (Photos by Peter S. Kuntz)

  • A-1 Polaris missile
  • Bell HH-1K
  • Bell UH-1 SAR helicopter
  • Douglas NTA-4F Skyhawk
  • Douglas XF4D-1 Skyhawk
  • General Dynamics F-111B
  • Grumman A-6E Intruder
  • Grumman F11F Tiger
  • Hawker Siddeley AV-8A Harrier
  • McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A1 Hornet
  • North American QF-86 Sabre
  • North American RA-5C Vigilante
  • Vought A-7E Corsair II
  • Vought DF-8L Crusader
  • Assorted tactical air weaponry


Riverside

CAF Inland Empire Squadron
The Riverside Municipal Airport
6936 Flight Road
Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 354-7954
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Piper L-4F "Grasshopper" (N35786)
Photo by John Shupek

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is an all-volunteer organization, made up of members from all walks of life. Membership is open to all men and women, age 18 or older. You need not be a veteran nor a pilot to join the CAF. Privately funded and totally self-supporting, the nonprofit, tax-exempt group is dedicated to preserving the military aviation heritage of World War II. Our motto is "Keep 'Em Flying!"

The Inland Empire Wing is based at the Riverside Municipal Airport, located in Riverside, California.

  • Douglas C-53D-DO "Skytrooper" (42-68830)
  • Piper L-4F "Grasshopper" (N35786)
  • Ryan PT-22 "Recruit" (N48742) #269 on fuselage


Riverside

March Field Museum
Van Buren Blvd. off ramp on I-215
March Air Reserve Base
Riverside, California 92518
Phone: (909) 697-6602


Northrop YA-9A at the March Field Air Museum
Photo by John Shupek

  • Beech SNB-5 Navigator
  • Bell P-39Q Airacobra
  • Bell P-59A Airacomet
  • Bell UH-1F Iroquois
  • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
  • Boeing B-29A Superfortress
  • Boeing B-47E Stratojet
  • Boeing B-52D Stratofortress
  • Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
  • Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter
  • Cessna O-2B Super Skymaster
  • Convair C-131D Samaritan
  • Convair F-102A Delta Dagger
  • Curtiss P-40N Warhawk
  • Douglas A-26C Invader
  • Douglas VC-47A Skytrain
  • Fairchild C-119F Flying Boxcar
  • Fairchild C-123K Provider
  • Fairchild PT-19B Cornell
  • Folland FO-141 Gnat
  • General Dynamics FB-111A Aardvark
  • Grumman F-14A Tomcat
  • Grumman HU-16E Albatross
  • Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
  • Lockheed R50-5
  • Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
  • Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star
  • Martin EB-57B Canberra
  • McDonnell Douglas OH-6A Cayuse
  • McDonnell F-101B Voodoo
  • McDonnell-Douglas F-4C Phantom II
  • McDonnell-Douglas F-4E Phantom II
  • McDonnell-Douglas RF-4C Phantom II
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 Farmer (Shengyang F6)
  • Nieuport 11 (7/8 scale replica)
  • North American B-25J Mitchell
  • North American CT-39A Sabreliner
  • North American F-100C Super Sabre
  • North American F-86H Sabre
  • North American SNJ-4
  • Northrop A-9A
  • Northrop F-89J Scorpion
  • Northrop T-38A Talon
  • Piasecki H-21B Workhorse
  • Republic F-105B Thunderchief
  • Republic F-105D Thunderchief
  • Republic F-84C Thunderjet
  • Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
  • Rockwell U-9B Aero Commander
  • Schweizer TG-2 Glider
  • Stearman PT-13D
  • Stinson L-5 Sentinel
  • Vultee BT-13A (modified as a Japanese D-3 Val replica)
  • Vultee BT-13A Valiant


San Carlos

Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Road
San Carlos, California 94070
Phone: (650) 654-0200
Fax: (650) 654-0220
Email: museum@hiller.org
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Hiller Aviation Museum
Photo by John Shupek

  • Beachy Little Looper (1914 — Gnome 80 HP)
  • Boeing Aircraft Model — Condor (1988 — Super secret robotic spy-plane)
  • Boeing Model 2707-300 SST (1969 Prototype — first 100 feet of fuselage)
  • Christen Eagle (1987 — aerobatic biplane)
  • Curtiss Jenny (1918 — Hispano-Suiza powered)
  • Ely Curtis Pusher (1911)
  • Fairchild Model-22 (1934 — Wright-Gypsy powered Parasol)
  • Fairchild Model-24-C8C (1935 — Warner-Scarab powered)
  • Fowler Wright Model B (1911)
  • Fowler/Gage (1913)
  • Gonzales Brothers Tractor Biplane (1911)
  • Hiller HOE-1 (1953 Navy helicopter, redesigned Hiller HJ-1 Hornet)
  • Hiller Hornet (1949 — Prototype)
  • Hiller Model — 1099 (1961 — First PT-6 powered helicopter)
  • Hiller Model -360 (1949 — first stable helicopter)
  • Hiller Model -H-23B (1950 — Army helicopter)
  • Hiller Model-J-10 (1947 — first NOTAR helicopter)
  • Hiller ONR (1955 — Hiller Flying Platform)
  • Hiller VXT-8 (1957 — Coleopter, futuristic ring-wing design)
  • Hiller XH-44 (1944 — helicopter with co-axial rotor system)
  • Hiller XROE-1 Rotorcycle (1956 — single man helicopter)
  • Hiller YH-32A (1955 — first helicopter gunship)
  • Irvin Aerocycloid (1908)
  • Lockheed Missiles YO-3A Quiet Star (1969 — Serial #01)
  • Marriott Avitor Hermes, Jr. (1869 — replica)
  • Maupin / Lanteri Black Diamond (1910 — Curtis type aircraft)
  • McDonnell Douglas Model — Exhibit (1990 — Blended wing technology)
  • Monocoupe Model 70 (1928 — Velie powered)
  • Montgomery Glider (1883)
  • Montgomery Glider (1905)
  • Montgomery Glider (1911)
  • NASA/Ames-Dryden AD-1 Oblique Wing (1979)
  • NASA/Stanford Flying Model (1985 — Oblique wing)
  • Pietenpol Aircamper (1929/1960 built aircraft Ford Model-A powered)
  • Republic Aircraft Seabee (1946 — serial number 18, Franklin powered)
  • Stanford Wind Tunnel (1916)
  • Stearman-Hammond Model- Y-1-S (1935 — Menasco powered pusher)
  • Stinson Jr. SM-7 (1929 — Pratt & Whitney 985 powered)
  • Thorpe Model T-3 (1933 — Boeing School of Aeronautics)
  • Weaver Aircraft Co Waco-10 (1927 — OX-6 powered)


San Diego

San Diego Aerospace Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
Balboa Park
San Diego, California 92101
Phone: (619) 234-8291
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Convair YF2Y-1 "Sea Dart"
Photo by John Shupek

  • Aeronca C-3 Duplex
  • Albatros D Va (replica)
  • Apollo Spacecraft
  • Bell AH-1E Cobra
  • Bleriot XI
  • Boeing F4B-4 (replica)
  • Bowlus SP-1 Albatross (replica)
  • Cayley Glider (replica)
  • Chanute Glider (replica)
  • Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
  • Consolidated PT-1 Trusty
  • Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart
  • Curtiss A-1 Triad (replica)
  • Curtiss B-1 Robin
  • Curtiss JN-4D (replica)
  • Curtiss Little Looper (replica)
  • Curtiss P-40E Warhawk
  • Curtiss-Wright CW-1 Junior
  • de Havilland 60-GM Gypsy Moth
  • Deperdussin C
  • Douglas A-4B Skyhawk
  • Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless
  • Fleet 2
  • Fokker Dr. I Triplane (replica)
  • Fokker Eindecker E. III
  • Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor
  • Gemini Spacecraft
  • General Dynamics Tomahawk
  • Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat
  • Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
  • Homebuilt RV-4
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Ornithopter (replica)
  • Lilienthal Glider (replica)
  • Link Trainer
  • Lockheed A-12 Blackbird
  • McDonnell F-4S Phantom II
  • Mercury Air Shoestring
  • Mercury Spacecraft
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14
  • MiG-15 Fagot
  • MiG-17 Fresco
  • Mitsubishi A6M7 Zero
  • Montgolfier Balloon (replica)
  • Montgomery Evergreen Glider
  • Nieuport 11 (replica)
  • Nieuport 28 (replica)
  • North American F-86 Sabre
  • Pietenpol Air Camper
  • Piper J-3 Cub
  • Pitts S-1-S Special
  • Radioplane OQ-1 Drone
  • Ryan B-5 Brougham
  • Ryan Firebee II
  • Ryan M-1 (replica)
  • Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis (replica)
  • Ryan PT-22 Recruit
  • Ryan STA
  • Ryan X-13 VertiJet
  • SPAD 7.c.1
  • Standard J-1
  • Stearman N2S-3 Kaydet
  • Sundancer
  • Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI
  • Swallow TP
  • Thomas-Morse S-4C
  • Waco YKS-7 (replica)
  • Wee Bee (replica)
  • Wright 1903 Flyer (replica)
  • Wright Ex Vin Fiz (replica)


San Diego

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation
T-4203 Anderson Avenue
San Diego, CA 92145-0316
P.O. Box 45316
Phone: 1-877-FLY-USMC (1-877-359-8762)
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This one-of-a-kind Aviation Museum was developed by a dedicated curatorial staff, with the help of many volunteers. What sets this museum apart from all others is the fact that it is the only museum in the World dedicated to preserving the incredible contributions made by Marine Corps Aviators and their ground support personnel.

The museum is comprised of an outdoor area, displaying an average of at least twenty five vintage aircraft and an indoor display of memorabilia and artifacts dating to the earliest days of Marine Corps Aviation. Many items are one of a kind and range from fine art portraits to military clothing and weapons used during specific campaigns. The museum holds the only exhibit in the United States devoted to the history of the Woman Marine, including original uniforms, history timeline and memorabilia. The museum also displays the permanent trophies and the current year recipients of twenty five individual and unit awards, selected by the Commandant of the Marine Corps for excellence in their occupational speciality.

Museum Tours

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM and at other times by special arrangement.

Museum Hours and Directions

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM and at other times by special arrangement.


Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Satellite photo by Google Earth

  • Bell 214S "Huey"
  • Bell AH-1J "Sea Cobra"
  • Chance Vought F4U-5N "Corsair"
  • Convair OY-1 "Sentinel" (storage)
  • Douglas A-4C Skyhawk
  • Douglas A-4M "Skyhawk"
  • Douglas F3D-2 "Skynight"
  • Douglas R4D-8 (C-117D) "Skytrain"
  • Douglas R5D-2Z "Skymaster"
  • Eastern FM-2 "Wildcat"
  • Eastern TBM-3E "Avenger"
  • Fairchild R4Q-2 "Flying Boxcar"
  • Grumman A-6A "Intruder" (154170)
  • Grumman F9F-2 "Panther"
  • Grumman F9F-8P "Cougar"
  • Kaman HOK-1 "Huskie" (HH-43D)
  • Lockheed TO-1 "Shooting Star" (storage)
  • McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A "Hornet"
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4S "Phantom II" (storage)
  • McDonnell Douglas RF-4B "Phantom II"
  • McDonnell F2H-2 "Banshee"
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 "Fagot"
  • North American FJ-3 "Fury II"
  • North American OV-10D "Bronco"
  • North American PBJ-1J "Mitchell"
  • Piasecki HUP-2 "Retriever"
  • Sikorsky CH-53A "Sea Stallion"
  • Sikorsky H-34D "Sea Horse"
  • Sikorsky HRS-3 "Chickasaw"
  • Vought RF-8G "Crusader"


San Diego

San Diego Flight Museum
1424 Continental Street, Hanger #8
Brown Field Airport
San Diego, CA 92154
Phone: (619) 435-1075
Email: rfinch@san.rr.com
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This is the San Diego Flight Museum, a collection of living, breathing, howling Warbirds. They maintain and fly these historic aircraft on a regular basis. The museum is located on historic Brown Field, about 10 miles South of San Diego and 1 mile North of the Mexican border. The collection is housed in three large hangars directly in front of the Terminal/Restaurant/Old control tower complex. The collection grows on weekends or holidays when members fly their personal Warbirds in for Museum events. Their aircraft are all two place with dual controls and allow museum members to fly backseat on local flights or to the occasional Southern California air-show. The Museum does not sell rides. Members pay yearly dues and participate in maintaining the aircraft, hangars, library and wait for an open backseat.

  • Fairchild PT-19 "Cornell"
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21
  • Folland Gnat
  • Fouga Magister
  • Rutan Long Eze
  • Pazmany PL-2


San Francisco

Crissy Field Aviation Museum
Pier One, Ft. Mason
San Francisco, California
(415) 221-4907
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The Crissy Field Aviation Museum Association
PO Box 210671
San Francisco, California 94121
T: (415) 602-8625
F: (425) 977-9349
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de Havilland DH-4 at Crissy Field
Crissy Field Aviation Museum Association Photo

The Museum is presently located on a temporary basis in Pier One, Fort Mason, San Francisco. Open working weekends are held on the first & third Saturdays of each month. Contact the museum for more information.

The CFAM is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the long and rich history of aviation at Crissy Field. Our business history The Crissy Field Aviation Museum Association was incorporated in 1998 by Don Gray and Chris Rimer as a non-profit organization solely dedicated to preserving the WWI / pre-WWII history of Crissy Field. The Association is working to establish a "living museum" at the west end of Crissy Field in San Francisco's Presidio. The museum will comprise the one-time airfield facility on Crissy Field, and is expected to become a major attraction within the Presidio & Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

  • de Havilland DH-4 (restoration project)
  • Aviation Artifacts & History


San Martin

Wings of History Air Museum
12777 Murphy Avenue
San Martin, California 95046-0495
Phone: (408) 683-2290
FAX: (408) 683-2291
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Wings of History Air Museum
Photo by John Shupek

  • Alexander Primary Glider (1930 — under active restoration)
  • American Eagle (1928 — Flyable with Curtiss OXX-6 engine)
  • Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan (1941 modified nose, no engines)
  • Bowers Fly Baby (1970 — Flyable homebuilt)
  • Bowlus Albatross (1928 glider- future restoration project, only original in existence)
  • Bowlus Baby Albatross (1938 — glider)
  • Bowlus Super Albatross (1938 — glider)
  • Culver Cadet (1941 — future restoration project
  • De Havilland DH- 88 Comet (1934 — Flyable exact replica)
  • Nelson Dragonfly (1938 — powered glider)
  • Nieuport XI (Flyable replica with authentic 80-hp LeRhone rotary engine)
  • Peel Glider Boat (1930)
  • Penguin (1932 — ground control trainer)
  • Pietenpol Air Camper (1934 — Flyable with Model B Ford engine)
  • Rutan Quickie (1982 — Early composite homebuilt design)
  • Stahltaube (Flyable 3/4 scale replica)
  • Stinson 10 (1940 — under active restoration)
  • Taylor Titsch (1980 — Homebuilt illustrating exquisite workmanship)
  • Volmer Jensen VJ-21 (1946 — powered glider)
  • Waco 10 (1927 — Flyable with Curtiss OXX-3 engine)
  • Wright Flyer (1903 — exact replica)


San Pedro

Fort MacArthur Military Museum
3601 South Gaffey Street
San Pedro, California 90731
Phone: (310) 548-2631
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Western Electric SAM-A-7 "Nike Ajax" SAM
Photo by John Shupek

  • Army Memorabilia
  • Artillery
  • Western Electric SAM-A-7 "Nike-Ajax" surface-to-air missile


Santa Maria

Santa Maria Museum of Flight
3015 Airpark Drive
Santa Maria, California 93455
Phone: (805) 922-8758
Fax: (805) 922-8958
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Santa Maria Museum of Flight
Photo by John Shupek

  • Aircraft engines
  • Bowers Flybaby
  • Great Plains Sonerii II
  • Jensen Hang Glider
  • Model II (1929)
  • Parker Sailplane
  • Rand KR-2
  • Stinson Reliant


Santa Paula

Aviation Museum of Santa Paula
P.O. Box 908
Santa Paula, CA 93061
(805) 525-1109

First Sunday

Every First Sunday of the month, please come out to visit our Museum! Local aviation history comes alive on First Sundays. Our Chain of Hangars are open for you to explore from 10 am until 3 pm. Hangar Number One is the first in our chain of hangars. It tells the story of the founding of Santa Paula Airport in 1930, and that's just the beginning of the adventure. Each of these privately owned hangars in our Chain houses a variety of vintage aircraft and privately owned collections of various types of memorabilia from antique radios to race cars. Several other aircraft owners put their antique aircraft on static display and many vintage aircraft also fly in each month. Car Clubs also frequently grace our taxiways on First Sundays. Our Museum Tram is available to save you some steps between hangars. The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 723 offers free airplane rides to kids ages 7-17. The Museum's Gift Hangar, located inside CP Aviation, offers a wonderful variety of toys and apparel for the airplane buffs of all ages. Every First Sunday is a little different, but our First Sunday Open House is always free to the public. Cancel if rain.

Mission Statement

"To educate the public of all ages in aviation and its history, both in general, and as it relates to Santa Paula, and to inspire, motivate and challenge the younger generation to carry on the dreams of our aviation pioneers."


de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (N675LF)
Photo by John Shupek

Aircraft and Displays

  • Hangar One: Visit our exhibit that explains the origin of Santa Paula Airport. Watch a video made from film that was taken during Opening Day ceremonies. Peer into the past into a diorama of the original airport.

  • Watson Hangar: Home of our Tiger Moth and Gipsy Moth.

  • Quinn Hangar: Photo Gallery of retired helicopter pilot Pat Quinn, and a beautiful Bucker aircraft.

  • Richards Hangar: Home of one of the Ryan aircraft.

  • Donalson Hangar (aka the "Radio Hangar"): See over 200 restored antique radios, antique televisions, jukeboxes, and photos from Dale Donalson's Aerobatic Competitions.

  • McWilliams Hangar: A Czechoslovakian Zlin aircraft is the primary feature of this elegant hangar.

  • Dewey Hangar: The Dewey family has been on this airport for generations, and this hangar features lots of Dewey family aviation memorabilia, including photos of many of Mike's stunt flying, in a 1950's style setting, along with midget race cars.

  • Pridmore Hangar: Home of CLASS Racing, this hangar features extraordinary aviation art, motorcycles, and much, much more.

  • The Gift Hangar: Gifts and souvenirs for aviation-minded folks. Located in the CP Aviation maintenance hangar, only on First Sundays.


Santa Rosa

Pacific Coast Air Museum
2330 Airport Blvd.
Santa Rosa, California 95403
Phone: (707) 575-7900
Fax: (707) 545-2813
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    PCAM aircraft

  • Bell UH-1H Huey
  • Douglas A-26 Invader
  • Douglas A-4E Skyhawk
  • Douglas C-118 Liftmaster
  • General Dynamics F-16N Viper
  • Grumman A-6E Intruder
  • Grumman F-14A Tomcat
  • Grumman HU-16E Albatross
  • Illyusin IL-14 Crate
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II
  • North American RF-86F Sabre
  • Vought F-8U Crusader

    Member aircraft

  • Aeronca L-3B
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI
  • Nanchang CJ-6A
  • North American P-51D Mustang
  • North American T-28C Trojan
  • Piper U-11A Aztec
  • Stinson L-5B
  • Yakovlev Yak-52


Simi Valley

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, California 93065
800-410-8354
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Boeing VC-137A Air Force One "Spirit of 76" SAM27000
Photo by John Shupek

  • Boeing VC-137A Air Force One "Spirit of 76" SAM27000
  • Sikorsky VH-3A "Marine One"
  • Grumman F-14A-135-GR "Tomcat" (162592)


Susanville

City Static Display

  • McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II #64-1022


Torrance

City Static Display
25311 Aero Way
Torrance, California 90505-6109
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Lockheed T-33A "Shooting Star"
Photo by John Shupek

  • Lockheed T-33A "Shooting Star" (s/n #52-9239)


Torrance

Western Museum of Flight
Louis Zamperini Field
3315 Airport Drive Mailbox #6
Torrance, CA 90505
Telephone: (310)-326-9544
FAX: (310) 326-9556


Northrop JB-1 "Bat" Flying Wing
Photo by John Shupek

The Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California's aviation heritage. The Air Museum's educational programs give children an opportunity to see and touch the airplanes that made aviation history. The Air Museum offers an inside look at completed and in-progress aircraft restoration projects. The Western Museum of Flight's collection includes numerous Warbirds, aircraft and target drones, piston and jet aircraft engines, aircraft components, aircraft ejection seats, World War II instruments, aircrew accessories, and an extensive model aircraft collection.

  • Bede BD-5
  • Douglas A-4A "Skyhawk"
  • Grumman F-14A "Tomcat"
  • Link Trainer
  • Lockheed YO-3A "QuietStar"
  • 1883 Montgomery Glider (replica)
  • Northrop F-89 "Scorpion" (restoration project)
  • Northrop F-5A "Freedom Fighter"
  • Northrop YF-17 "Cobra"
  • Northrop YF-23A "Black Widow II" (PAV-2)
  • Northrop JB-1 "Bat"
  • Northrop KD2R-5 Basic Training Target Drone
  • Northrop RP-76 Drone
  • Northrop SD-1 Drone
  • North American F-86F "Sabre"
  • North American XAT-6E "Texan" (replica)
  • Radioplane RP-5A Target Drone
  • Regallo Sail Wing hang glider
  • numerous jet and piston aircraft engines


Tulare

American Veterans Post 56 Static Displays


Boeing B-17G "Flying Fortress"
Photo by John Shupek

  • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress (AF 44-85738)
  • McDonnell Douglas GF-4C Phantom II (AF 64-0912)


Victorville

Static Display
located at Old George AFB
Now Southern California Logistics Airport

Ron Strong recently went out to the old George AFB to get photo's of the McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II (s/n #63-7519) display aircraft and found out the aircraft has be removed. The only thing left was the pad were the aircraft was on display. He also found out that there is going to be a demo of old base Building. Does anyone know the current status of this aircraft?


West Covina

City Static Display
Palmview Park
Lark Ellen Avenue & Puente Avenue
West Covina, California
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North American F-86D "Sabre" at Palmview Park
Photo by John Shupek

  • North American F-86D Sabre (AF 52-3784)


Whittier

Whittier Museum
6755 South Newlin Avenue
Whittier, California 90601
Phone: (562) 945-3871
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1949 Miller JM-101 Special (N74J)
Photo by John Shupek

  • 1949 Miller Special JM-101 Ol' Tiger (N74J) Midget Racer


Woodland

County Static Display


Cessna T-37B "Tweet"
Stock photo by John Shupek

  • Cessna OA-37B Dragonfly (AF 73-1114)

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