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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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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