I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in admitting that I have seen Top Gun a million times and can recite almost every line in that movie! Hollywood has done a good job with introducing us to the world of aviation; Leonardo DiCaprio in “Aviator”, Harrison Ford in “Air Force One” and of course the great Jimmy Stewart in “The Spirit of St. Louis”. And with the help of the California Aerospace Museum we can visit and see up close these amazing aeronautical wonders.
The Aerospace Museum of California has an extensive display of aircraft- both military and civilian. You can have an opportunity to see fighter planes, trainers, transport and specialized types flown by the USAF and Navy.
The museum itself consists of aircraft, engines, a beautiful Coast Guard art collection and so much more. Outside in the airpark you can wander through history while exploring aircraft that was used during the World Wars and aircraft that is still used today.
If you have children who are interested in Aviation, they have an Aerospace Learning Center that teaches students the introduction to flight- along with science, math, navigation, weather, forces of lift and more. If you have children that are too young for the educational courses, they have a kids’ corner equipped with toys, coloring pages and markers to keep their imaginations running wild and busy while learning about the science of aviation.
This Saturday, October 15- the museum is celebrating 100 years of Coast Guard Aviation. It’s going to be a celebration that everyone will enjoy with special presentations about the Coast Guard. You will be able to tour a new C-27J Spartan Coast Guard Multi Mission Aircraft, talk to active duty and retired coast guard pilots and crew members, view the USCG Aviation art display and even have complimentary refreshments during the day.
The museum is located at 3200 Freedom Park Drive at the McClellan Air Force Base. Admission into the museum is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students age 13-17, $5 for children and kids under the age of 5 are free. Museum hours are Tuesday- Sunday 10am-5pm.
As a bonus, the park next to the museum is fantastic for kids to play and picnic at. The play structure looks like a large Rocket Ship- with plenty of things to climb on, slide down and crawl through. My kids always have a blast at this park, and is always a great end to fun afternoon at the museum.