Museum Profile: March AFB

The final West Coast museum I managed to visit back in October was the March AFB. This is positioned on the edge of the March AFB which is home to a number of C-17 Globemasters and C-5 Galaxies and has a wonderful collection of WW2 and Post WW2 machines, including a number of large transport types.

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Most of the collection are on outside display in a sprawling flightline that positions many great aircraft amongst each other out in the hot californian sun which makes for a very pleasant viewing experience.

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Inside the main museum building there are a selection of rarer types. An SR71 Blackbird dominates the main hangar and offers remarkable access, with steps up to the open cockpit for viewing.

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A rare combination of Bell fighers are also present in the museum, with a P-59 Airacobra on the ground and a P-39 Airacobra hung from the roof. Both are rare types so to see two well restored examples together was a nice treat.

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Completing the main hangar line up was a Folland Gnat F1 which visitors were welcomed to sit in, which was good fun.

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Outside it really is an endless line of highlights. For starters there are examples of three major WW2 bombers for the USAF. A B-25, B-17 and B-29 are also displayed outside, along with the air to air refuelling development of the B-29, the KC-97.

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A well designed Vietnam diorama plays host to an array of helicopters from the conflict, including a dramatically displayed Huey.

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This museum certainly plays host to large types with a B-52 and C-141A standing out alongside smaller gems such as a B-47 and a B-57 Canberra.

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There were also a huge array of American fighter jets, many of which I had not previously come across. I must be honest that this museum was a last minute addition to the itinerary but ended up being one of the most enjoyable visits of the trip and offered a chance to add some new types to my own personal photo records.

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