California’s March Field Air Museum (MFAM) has been active and welcoming air military fanatics since 1979, when Lt. General James P. Mullins first made the address during its opening dedication ceremony.
The museum has a rich history, as it was officially recognized as an Air Force Facility in March 1980 and soon after opened to the public in November 1980. With over 70 aircrafts and more than 30,000 individual artifacts, the unique museum aims to offer an understanding of humanity's dream to reach for the skies through flight and of March Field's role in accomplishing that. For nearly 100 years, March Field Air Museum has been home to many aviation pioneers. Whether famous or not, they have each left valued artifacts from aircraft, flight gear, simulators, uniforms, photographs, personal letters, and everything in between.
Since its opening, the March Field Air Museum has moved to more accommodating locations, has gained the Dick Van Rennes Restoration Hangar in 2004, and most recently introduced “Hangar 2” in 2011. The museum continues to expand and see growth, especially through the commitment of the March Field Museum Foundation. The foundation has committed itself as a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting the museum through fundraising and offering volunteers, so that the public can enjoy the museum’s showcase of historic treasures.
Currently, the museum’s featured exhibits include the B-17G 44-6393 "Starduster" Exhibit, the Space Exhibit Room, and the World War I Exhibit.
Become involved with the March Field Air Museum and attend one of these monthly events:
- Thursday, June 9th from 7 to 8 p.m.: IEAR Meeting
- Saturday, June 11th: Open Aircraft Day
- Saturday, July 9th: Open Aircraft Day
- Thursday, July 14th from 7 to 8 p.m.: IEAR Meeting
The museum is open to the public everyday of the week, excluding Mondays, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Admission tickets cost $10 for those twelve years old and over and $5 for those between five and eleven years old. Admission is free for children of four years old and younger in addition to active duty military and reserves members with a DOD ID card. Parking at the museum is available for no cost.