Aerospace Museum of California

Aerospace Museum of California

The Aerospace Museum of California is an aviation museum located on the former McClellan Air Force Base, which closed in 2001. It features displays of authentic military and civilian aircraft as well as space vehicle replicas. It preserves the history and mission of this former base as well as those of neighboring bases like Beale (active) and Mather (closed) Air Force Bases. The museum was originally established as the McClellan Aviation Museum in 1986. It was chartered by the National Museum of the United States Air Force. In 2001 it incorporated as a non-profit organization. In 2005 its name was changed to the Aerospace Museum of California. In 2004 the museum moved to 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan Park and in Feruary of 2007 opened its new 35,000 square foot Hardie Setzer Pavilion enabling some of the aircraft to be displayed indoors. The museum has over 40 aircraft in its collection from the fully restored, one-of-a-kind 1932 Curtiss Wright B-14B "Speedwing" to one of the last Grumman F-14D "Tomcat" retired from U.S. Navy service in 2006. In addition to aircraft, the collection includes many other historic artifacts relating to Sacramento's aerospace heritage. It also houses an extensive collection of historic aircraft engines. These include examples ranging from a WWI-era Gnome-Rhone rotary piston engine to a J-58 turbojet that propelled the SR-71 Blackbird supersonic spyplane. The museum features an art gallery containing more than 60 original works, many on loan from the Air Force Art Collection. The museum's restoration team is nearing completion of a Fairchild PT-19B WWII training aircraft. In November 2007 an exhibit honoring Sacramento native Major Michael Adams was opened. Major Adams was killed in the 1967 crash of an X-15 research aircraft he was piloting. This occurred on the flight during which he reached an altitude qualifying him for astronaut wings. The exhibit features a 1/4 scale model of the X-15 as flown on that fateful flight. [cite web
url=http://aerospacemuseumofcalifornia.org/about.html
title=About the AMC
publisher=Aerospace Museum of California
accessdate=2007-07-30
archiveurl=http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:p03RUx5I8uoJ:aerospacemuseumofcalifornia.org/about.html
archivedate=2007-10-29
]

Notable Aircraft

Curtiss Wright B-14B Speedwing

ee also

*McClellan Air Force Base
*National Museum of the United States Air Force

Gallery

References

External links

* [http://aerospacemuseumofcalifornia.org/ Aerospace Museum of California]
* [http://www.caacharter.org/ California Aerorospace Academy]


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