A List of Airplane, flight and Space Museums in California.
There are many airplane museums in California covering all aspects of
military aircraft and civilian aircraft as well. Many of these airplane
museums are at military bases including air force bases and army bases.
California is a great place to visit. C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster.
Hay muchos museos en California avión que cubre todos
los aspectos de aviones militares y aviones civiles también. Muchos de estos
museos son aviones en las bases militares, incluyendo bases aéreas y bases del
ejército. California es un gran lugar para visitar. C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster.
Here's a complete list
of Air and Space Museums in California, Science museums and Museum
The last updates on the museum listings were added 18 Jan 2011
Due to legal changes in Illinois, I will not be updating this list until further
These museums change their information and locations very often.
Please try to contact the museum before you try to visit it, it may not be there
Aerospace Museum of California McClellan Aviation Museum
3200 Freedom Park Drive McClellan CA 95652
North side of Sacramento
Our collection consists of 30 aircraft on static
display, over 5000 artifacts on rotating display and an aviation theme
Gift Shop that carries a wide variety of gifts for aircraft enthusiasts
of all ages.
I've been here before, and I didn't allow myself enough time to
really take a good look at all of the aircraft. Here you get to touch
these aircraft and take a real good look at every inch of them. http://www.AeroSpaceCA.org
Updates thanks to Pat Carry
Flying Leatherneck Historical
Foundation & Aviation Museum T-4203 Anderson Ave.
San Diego, CA. 92145
Info Thanks to Pat Carry
About 30 Aircraft
Single Aircraft Display B-17 Flying Fortress Located just south of Visalia Ca. there is
a B-17 bomber sitting on the east side of Hwy 99. Went by the B-17 parked near Visalia on Saturday, June 26, 1999, it
is still there and intact.
Passing at 70 mph it looks as if it were flight ready. Information
thanks to John Cockayne
Webmasters Note; I remember seeing this
aircraft many times as I drove from Lemoore Naval Air Station to the races
at Tulare Fair Grounds. If you drive around the back roads, you can
get up next to it. Here's the latest news from Roger F. Schulze
The B-17 is located at the entrance to
Mefford Field (TLR), which is the airport for Tulare, California.
Hiller Aviation Museum San Carlos, California
This is a great website with the Aviation Explorer Scouts
About 5 Aircraft, Plus Autos and Military
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Visitor Center, 4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Call at least One month before you plan to visit.
The Space Center gives only one tour per month and you must have a reservation.
C. Jeff Dyrek
Joe Davies Heritage Airpark
Palmdale Plant 42 The Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42
is located at 2001 E. Avenue P.
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 13 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.
Information from Robert West
13 Planes and Building to more than 40 Planes.
March Field Museum 22 AREFW/CVM
March Air force Base, CA 92518
Southeast of Riverside CA
Moffett Field museum Moffett Field Historical Society Museum
P. O. Box 16
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0016
Telephone: (650) 603-9827
The museum is located in historic Hangar One at
Moffett Airfield near Mountain View and Sunnyvale about 35 miles south
of San Francisco. From Highway 101, use the Moffett Field exit. Visitors
should call (650) 603-9827
Hangar One; The
Carol Henderson Room is devoted to capturing Moffett's history with books,
records, videos, posters, recordings and newspaper clippings;
The Carl Honaker Room displays the history of "Heavier-Than-Air" aircraft
at Moffett Field. The LTA (Lighter-Than-Air) Room is filled
with photographs, models, and memorabilia of the balloons, blimps, dirigibles
and people that made up the lighter than air era at Moffett
Field. The Macon Room displays a wonderful diorama of the U.S.S. Macon and
many aircraft of the 1920s to 1940.
Excerpts from a letter from
the Moffett Field Museum. Q: I have heard that the Hangars are so big that
when the doors are closed and the air-conditioning is down clouds would
form inside and it would actually rain. Is this true? Jeff Dyrek
A: I've heard that when atmospheric conditions were just
right, water would condense and rain down, although I've never actually
seen this (there is no air-conditioning in the hangar; it's way too big!).
Right now we get
rain inside the hangar because the roof leaks.
Also, most of the windows leak, so we are continually sopping up water
with towels when it rains. The hangar hasn't been repaired in years,
and it seems to me to be in poor shape. I imagine it would take millions
for a proper upgrade (certainly to bring it up to fire code), but the museum
doesn't have that kind of money. NASA, who owns the hangar, doesn't
want to spend any money on it; in fact, they would probably like to see
it torn down. But since it's a Historical Landmark, they can't do that!
Thanks again, Dave Black
NASA Ames Research Center Visitors Center
Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA. 94035
Located at the very southern part of the San
Francisco Bay next to Moffett Field Naval Air Station.
Various Aircraft, Spacecraft and Future
type aircraft wind tunnel models
NASA Ames-Dryden Flight
Research Facility P.O. Box 273
Edwards, CA. 93523
Located near Roseamond CA about 90 miles north
Info Thanks to Conrad Bloom
Update Thanks to Pat Carry 10-22-2009
P A C I F I C
C O A S T A I R M U S E U M 2230 Becker Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Museum Hours: Every Tuesday and Thursday from
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Display Days: Every Third
Weekend of Each Month, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m..
Admission: $5.00 Donation Accepted -- Children
Located on the north side of the Palm Springs
Airport, the Air Museum is housed in an impressive new structure that includes
the two main display halls and hangars, theatre, gift shop, ramp
and airport access or flight demonstrations and visiting planes,
research library, simulator and education center.
Information thanks to C. Duncan
Updates Thanks to Pat Carry
Aircraft Carrier CV-12 Pier 3, Alameda Point
Alameda, CA 94501
Fax (510) 521-8327
From the North take I-80 to 580 to
980 Oakland, Jackson St. exit, right on Jackson, right on 4th, right on
Broadway, dog-leg right to Alameda tunnel, out on Webster, right on Atlantic
to the gate of former Alameda Naval Air Station. Click Here for USS Hornet CV-12
Info thanks to Pat Carry.
Travis Air Force Museum Travis Air force Base, CA.94535
About 40 miles east of San Francisco near Fairfield
on Hwy. 80
Please Note: Due to security restrictions, visitors
must obtain a pass at the Main Gate Visitor’s Center. You must have
someone with a military/government ID to provide escort services.
Call the visitor center first at (707) 424-1462 to inquire about current
security conditions for that day! Visitors carrying an active duty or
military identification or have approved BASE ACCESS do not require a
Western Museum of Flight 12016 Prairie Ave.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
This is located in the Northwest corner of the Hawthorne Airport
in El Segundo...which is the home field for Northrop Aircraft. It's small
(only half a dozen planes on display), but loaded with cool, historic memorabilia...and
one of the two YF-23 prototypes.
Information from Mark Morris
About 6 Aircraft with two Super Rare YF-23
Wings of History Air Museum street address: 12777 Murphy Avenue, San Martin, California USA
mailing address: PO Box 495, San Martin, CA
phone: (408) 683-2290
fax: (408) 683-2291
Museum Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm
http://www.wingsofhistory.org/ The Wings Of History Air Museum
is located in San Martin, California adjacent to the South County Airport.
About 4 Aircraft
Yanks Air Museum
Hangar A270 Box 35
Chino,Ca 909-597-1734 http://www.yanksair.com/
Updates thanks to Pat
About 100+ Aircraft and 1 Apollo Spacecraft
Pole Expedition 2002 Last spring the North Pole temperature was only -1 degree F. We flew an ultralight, 6 balloon pilots logged their North
Pole flights, We had five jumpers who entered their jumps in their logbooks, there was a man in a wheelchair who made it to the pole, We had several helicopters, a home built airplane, a jet and an An-2 Biplane there. Everyone got to visit Star City
(Russia's NASA) the Kremlin Armory, and Red Square. The Expedition members
flew in Russian Military aircraft including the An-24, An-74, and the Mi-8.
They also visited the city of Khatanga and saw the Woolly Mammoth Digs, and
Shrednij Island'sRussian, formerly secret, ICBM base and more. The trip was inexpensiveand you can go to the north pole site
or go with us next year by clicking here
Propaganda Art was used by forces on all sides in WW2 as well as all wars in
history. This kind of art gave pride to the citizens of those countries
who produced it and gave a unity in support of the wars. This exhibit is
an excellent example of Japanese Propaganda art.