March Field Air Museum

March Field Air Museum The March Field Air Museum is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to promoting an understanding of humanity’s reach for the skies and March Field’s pivotal role in the development of flight.
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March Field Air Museum, and the P-38 National Museum are adjacent to the March Air Reserve Base, Riverside, California. March Field Air Museum serves as home to over 70 historic aircraft and displays relating to the history of both Military and Civilian Aviation and March Field, now known as March Air Reserve Base. Cost: $10.00 per Adult $5.00 Ages 5-11 children under 5 enter FREE. Active Military and Active Reserve Members are free with current ID. Daily tram tours - $3.00 a person Planetarium Shows - $3.00 a person Museum Store 10am - 5pm https://twitter.com/MFAM79

Another beautiful shot from Sherry Ziegler photography! Our B-47 Stratojet.
04/20/2020

Another beautiful shot from Sherry Ziegler photography! Our B-47 Stratojet.

Joe is taking a break today, he will be back Monday to continue working on the B-29. In the meantime MFAM has received a...
04/18/2020

Joe is taking a break today, he will be back Monday to continue working on the B-29.
In the meantime MFAM has received a generous donation from Conrad Nordquist. It’s a 3/4 scale Fokker D-VI by Airdrome Aeroplanes! It is undergoing preparation for display as we speak.

The weather is beautiful and Joe is working hard! He did  some prep and some polishing. It looks great!!
04/18/2020

The weather is beautiful and Joe is working hard! He did some prep and some polishing. It looks great!!

Joe is moving along steadily!
04/17/2020

Joe is moving along steadily!

Day 2, Joe is hard at work!
04/16/2020

Day 2, Joe is hard at work!

Today, Team Shine's Joe Fernandez began polishing the museum's B-29A Superfortress 44-61669 . In keeping within the publ...
04/15/2020

Today, Team Shine's Joe Fernandez began polishing the museum's B-29A Superfortress 44-61669 . In keeping within the public health restrictions of social distancing, Joe will be working alone at the closed museum and living in a travel trailer on the property.

I cannot overstate the importance of this project and the staggering level of personal dedication Joe is showing in taking on this huge task . Joe , a Marine Corps veteran, is working to bring an important artifact of USAAF and Marine Corps history back to the brilliant finish she had during WW II.

Delivered to the 20th Air Force in May of 1945 the aircraft was the third B-29A assigned to Captain Edward B. Feather’s crew. Nicknamed "Three Feathers III", the right side of the B-29 was adorned with a graphic image of three fan dancers.

In July of 1945, General “Rosie” O’Donnell commander of the 73rd Bomb Wing, decided to dedicate a B-29 to the 4th Marine Division in recognition of the Divisions heroic efforts to capture the Pacific islands the USAAF Superfortresses were using to wreck devastation throughout the Japanese Homeland.

Catching site of “Three Feathers” General O' Donnell ordered, (in his words) "the obscene nose art" replaced with a dedication honoring the 4th Marine Division. The official ceremony took place on July 16, 1945 on Saipan. 44-61669 still carries that dedication today.

I know his team would love to be there with him but circumstances demand he hit this beach alone. One Marine showing the respect he feels for the thousands who went before.

We will keep you updated on Joe's progress!

Some beautiful photos from aviation enthusiast  K J Abnett from Bournemouth, England. Keith took these photos during a r...
04/15/2020

Some beautiful photos from aviation enthusiast K J Abnett from Bournemouth, England. Keith took these photos during a recent visit to the March Field Air Museum.
Nice work! We hope you will come back and see us again!

April is B-25 month! This Saturday is the 78th anniversary of the 1942 Doolittle Raid.Last year, the final Doolittle Rai...
04/14/2020

April is B-25 month! This Saturday is the 78th anniversary of the 1942 Doolittle Raid.
Last year, the final Doolittle Raider Lt. Colonel Richard Cole, USAF passed into history. Let us all take a moment to remember those brave aviators who lifted the spirits of a demoralized nation in the dark days following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Although circumstances prevent us from opening our later model B-25 to the public this year we have not forgotten the courage and sacrifice of those gallant crews.

More great photos of our A-7 from Sherry Ziegler Photography! Which one is your favorite ?
04/12/2020

More great photos of our A-7 from Sherry Ziegler Photography! Which one is your favorite ?

04/09/2020
C-17

C-17 Air Ops in full swing at March Field!

Museum family and friends,There is no point in candy coating it; things are tough here at the March Field Air Museum. Li...
04/03/2020
March Field Museum Foundation

Museum family and friends,

There is no point in candy coating it; things are tough here at the March Field Air Museum. Like the remainder of our nation, and the world, we are reeling from the COVID-19 global pandemic. Though our primary concern is, and always will be, for the health of our employees, volunteers and guests we have not faltered in our responsibility to preserve the priceless aircraft and artifacts under our care.

As of today, we are still closed to the public and have reduced our staff to the bare minimum necessary to ensure basic maintenance and security. Operating independently with the strictest standards of social distancing in effect, select staff members are working hard to preserve our museum and ready it for re-opening.

With your support, we will weather this storm. When the skies clear, the March Field Air Museum will re-open stronger and more determined to carry our mission forward. With your assistance, the legacy of aviation pioneers, brave military aviators and March Field will survive.

Your tax-deductible donation will keep us moving forward. Click on this link to donate. https://75879.blackbaudhosting.com/75879/COVID-19-Support
#MarchFieldAirMuseumStrong

03/29/2020
F-16 over March

An F-16 soars over March Field. It's an airshow every day at the March Field Air Museum!

We Need Your Support Dear Museum Family, As we are all adjusting to the changes in life due to COVID-19, we here at Marc...
03/29/2020
March Field Museum Foundation

We Need Your Support

Dear Museum Family,

As we are all adjusting to the changes in life due to COVID-19, we here at March Field Air Museum hope that you and your family are safe and sound. As some of you know the Museum, being a private non-profit organization, receives no federal funds. We keep our doors open through the generosity of our patrons and donors… you. As of March 19, 2020 the Museum had to temporarily close our doors to the public in response to the Governor of California’s “Stay at Home” order. The majority of revenues generated here at the Museum keep the doors open, restore our aircraft and create an amazing historical experience with our exhibits, comes from our admission and store sales. Just like many of you, bills are still coming in, even though revenues have stopped.

I’m not going to sugar coat it, we need your help. We know that all of us are having to tighten our belts during this time, so we are asking for your help by way of a small, medium or large donation to the museum. The LINK below will allow you to make a donation. What’s nice about that LINK is that it is OUR LINK and every single cent, after the credit card fees, will go directly to the museum.

With the Coronavirus Relief Bill (CARES Act) being signed in to law on March 27, 2020, provisions in the new law gives you a $300 tax break for charitable donations. As Non-Profit Quarterly board member Gene Takagi details, the stimulus bill also contains a one-time, above-the-line deduction for cash contributions of up to $300 made to certain qualifying charities. All taxpayers would be eligible to take the deduction, even people who use the standard deduction. The incentive applies to contributions made in 2020 and would be claimed on tax forms next year. The new deduction would not apply to non-cash gifts or to gifts contributed to donor advised funds.

Click this LINK TODAY! https://75879.blackbaudhosting.com/75879/COVID-19-Support

Thank you for your support!
Jamil Dada,
President, March Field Museum Foundation.
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03/27/2020
F-16 landing

Det. 1 144th F-16 returns to March. It's an airshow every day at the March Field Air Museum.
Even when we are temporarily closed :(

We will be back soon! The March Field Air Museum hopes you and yours are taking good care of yourselves during these try...
03/21/2020

We will be back soon! The March Field Air Museum hopes you and yours are taking good care of yourselves during these trying times.

Keep heart ! This too shall pass. March Field Air Museum is closed to the public for the next few weeks due to the curre...
03/19/2020

Keep heart ! This too shall pass.

March Field Air Museum is closed to the public for the next few weeks due to the current health crisis. However, we are still caring for our extensive collection of artifacts and aircraft. A small group of very healthy and carefully monitored, staff will continue. Nothing will be neglected during the shut-down.
We hope to re-open soon.

Good luck and good health to everyone.
Thank you for your patience

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2020                                March Field Air Museum Temporary ClosureRIVERSIDE, C...
03/18/2020
March Field Air Museum In Riverside, CA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2020

March Field Air Museum Temporary Closure

RIVERSIDE, Calif. –Due to the recent international outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), March Field Air Museum will be closed to the public from March 18 until April 6, 2020.

Based upon recommendations from public health authorities in Riverside County and the National Center for Disease Control, both public access and private events at the museum have been temporarily suspended. As a concerned member of our community, the museum and its dedicated volunteers, wish to do as much as possible to mitigate this serious threat to our collective health.

Please monitor our website (www.marchfield.org) and/or page for further updates.

03/13/2020

Due to the weather forecast and other unforeseen issues, the Inland Empire Round Table for this month has been cancelled. We will reschedule "What it is like to be an Airline Pilot" in the near future.
We apologize for any inconvenience

03/12/2020

This year’s March Field Air & Space Expo has
been postponed due to the concerns of
COVID-19. A rescheduled date has yet to
be determined. Please continue to check our
page for updates.

Viv is working diligently to complete the nose art on UH-1 66-925 from the 187th “Blackhawks”. Nice work!!
03/06/2020

Viv is working diligently to complete the nose art on UH-1 66-925 from the 187th “Blackhawks”. Nice work!!

March Field Air Museum Announces March 14, 2020“Up-Close Aircraft Day” Focus: SA-16 AlbatrossRIVERSIDE, Calif. – March F...
02/28/2020

March Field Air Museum Announces March 14, 2020
“Up-Close Aircraft Day”
Focus: SA-16 Albatross

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – March Field Air Museum is proud to announce the next installment of “Up-Close Aircraft Days” for 2020 on Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As part of the interpretive program, a different aircraft is featured each month with the next focused on the SA-16 Albatross amphibian.

The Grumman-built general utility amphibian SA-16 with a crew of five, can operate from land, water, or ice and snow. Automatically inflated life rafts are carried, two in the cabin and one in a compartment in top of the hull. Cabin seating for transport of 10 to 22 passengers can be altered to accommodate 12 litters or cleared to carry over 460 cubic feet of cargo.

Built to U.S. Navy specifications, the "Albatross" served with the U. S. Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and numerous allied air forces. Almost exclusively used for Search and Rescue (SAR), Albatrosses played an important role in both Korea and Vietnam by rescuing downed airmen. In service with the United States Coast Guard, the SA-16 flew long-range over-water search and rescue missions. Capable of anything from ice flow surveillance in the North Atlantic to anti-shipping/customs patrols in the Pacific, the Albatross is a very versatile amphibian.

Over 450 Albatross aircraft were built since 1949. SA-16s were flown by the USAF, the U.S Navy, and Coast Guard, and by Canada, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Italy, Nationalist China, the Philippines, Portugal, and Spain.

The museum's Albatross, serial number 1293, was a USCG HU-16E and was last flown by the Coast Guard from Cape Cod, Maine in 1971. The aircraft was in storage for ten years when, after four days of repair, it was flown to March Field Air Museum.

Each “Up-Close Aircraft Days” opportunity will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the scheduled date (Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and is included with regular Museum admission: $10 for guests ages 12 years and older; $5 for children ages 5 to 11 years; and free for ages 4 and younger. In case of inclement weather, other aircraft may be substituted. March Field Air Museum is a top-rated TripAdvisor attraction located alongside Interstate Highway 215 at Van Buren Boulevard, just south of downtown Riverside and adjacent to March Air Reserve Base. For more information about the Museum, please call 951-902-5949 or visit www.MarchField.org

INLAND EMPIRE AVIATION ROUNDTABLE What is it like to be a professional airline pilot?       Presenter:  Walter Fus, Capt...
02/28/2020

INLAND EMPIRE AVIATION ROUNDTABLE
What is it like to be a professional airline pilot?

Presenter: Walter Fus, Captain, Alaska Airlines, (ret)
Date: March 18th, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM

Walter Fus, a retired Alaska Airlines Captain, USAF Command Pilot, and retired Lt. Col. will speak about his experiences as a professional airline pilot, flying various routes for 30-years. The presentation will include answers to many questions such as how pilots choose the routes and the airplanes they fly, how monthly scheduling is accomplished, how they are paid (this may be a surprise), how the FARs impact everything a company and pilot can do, how flights are dispatched daily, and the rules regarding aircraft maintenance issues.

Walter began his airline career in 1983 after a decade of active duty military flying piloting the KC-135 aerial refueling tanker. He was hired by Jet America, a small upstart airline flying the relatively new MD80 out of Long Beach. Upgrading from First Officer to Captain in five months, a very short time, but common back then for small airlines, he continued a military career in the USAF Reserves flying the C-141 Starlifter from Norton AFB. When Alaska Airlines purchased Jet America in 1986, Walter remained a Captain for the remainder of his 30-year commercial career.

In the mid-nineties, Walter was heavily involved in flying Alaska Airlines scheduled weekly service from Anchorage, Alaska to large cities in Siberia in the Russian Far East. He spent a lot of time in Vladivostok and Magadan, Russia, among other cities. This was a specialized volunteer pilot qualification requiring special training in Russian air traffic procedures.

A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Walter served almost a year on active duty flying the C-141B in the Middle East and elsewhere. Following the Gulf War, he continued to fly for Alaska Airlines until his retirement in 2013. His final years with Alaska Airlines saw him flying mostly West Coast cities to all the Hawaiian Islands, some of the finest flying routes in the world.

Walter flew the MD80 for 15 years and all the recent models of the Boeing 737 for another 15 years, amassing over 30,000 flying hours including both military and general aviation aircraft. During this presentation, Walter will also address the problems with the new Boeing 737 Max and its controversial MCAS system. For the last five years, Walter has been a proud volunteer docent for the March Field Air Museum.

The Inland Empire Aviation Roundtable is sponsored by the March Field Air Museum and is dedicated to the local aviation and aerospace community. Monthly meetings are open to the public, with subjects of interest to the air-minded public presented including aviation and aerospace history, civil and military, as well as new developments in these fields. Parking and admission are free for this event.

The March Field Air Museum is in Riverside, California, at 22550 Van Buren Blvd. (at the intersection of Van Buren Blvd. and the 215 Freeway) adjacent to March Air Reserve Base

Some beautiful shots from Sherry Ziegler Photography!
02/27/2020

Some beautiful shots from Sherry Ziegler Photography!

Another beautiful night at the museum! It’s an airshow every day (and every night ) at the March Field Air Museum.
02/27/2020

Another beautiful night at the museum! It’s an airshow every day (and every night ) at the March Field Air Museum.

The March Field Air Museum page has just exceeded 10,000 "page likes" ! Thank you everyone for your interest in...
02/24/2020

The March Field Air Museum page has just exceeded 10,000 "page likes" !
Thank you everyone for your interest in our museum, we will continue posting updates on all our projects. I hope you find them as interesting in the future!

BTW: If you haven't "liked" our page in the past be sure to do so ... we are on our way to 20,000 :)

We have been busily working on restoring the interior of Starduster, our B-17G. We have a way to go yet, but it’s coming...
02/23/2020

We have been busily working on restoring the interior of Starduster, our B-17G. We have a way to go yet, but it’s coming along nicely!

02/22/2020
Presidential Support Detail

It's an Air Show Every Day at the March Field Air Museum! A Presidential Detail Support aircraft departs March this afternoon.

02/21/2020
M2 Cletrac

Moving along with the restoration of the M2 Cletrac “Bomber Nurse”. Thanks to the Restoration Crew (especially Glen and his diligent efforts) and the Vista Antique Steam and Gas Engine Museum for the donation this M2 will soon grace our Pacific War Exhibit.
BTW the gear grinding sound in the recording is the chase vehicle not the M2... it’s smooth as glass !

02/20/2020
T-37 Restoration

The T-37 is on its way to the Restoration Hangar! Thanks to a generous donation from Phyllis Parkell, Alex and the Restoration Crew are busy bringing the aircraft up to Air Training Command standards.

Great progress on our Vietnam veteran O-2A FAC (Forward Air Control)! Thanks to the hard work of Alex, Rudy, Les and the...
02/12/2020

Great progress on our Vietnam veteran O-2A FAC (Forward Air Control)! Thanks to the hard work of Alex, Rudy, Les and the Restoration Crew but especially due to the generous donation provided by the family of LTC Rae Hodges a former Covey FAC. Thanks everyone, can’t wait to see it finished!

A big thanks to Sunbelt Equipment Rentals of Riverside for providing a Bobcat and auger this week. Without their support...
02/08/2020

A big thanks to Sunbelt Equipment Rentals of Riverside for providing a Bobcat and auger this week. Without their support it would have been impossible to dig the holes needed to erect the mount for UH-1D serial number 66-925.
#925 served with the 187th AHC in Vietnam, its restoration is proceeded rapidly. Once finished, the Huey will hold an honored place in the museum's Vietnam Fire Base Exhibit.

March Field Air Museum is proud to announce the next installment of “Up-Close Aircraft Days” for 2020 on Saturday, Febru...
01/30/2020

March Field Air Museum is proud to announce the next installment of “Up-Close Aircraft Days” for 2020 on Saturday, February 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As part of the interpretive program, a different aircraft is featured each month with the next focused on the Hughes OH-6A Cayuse.

Designed as a military scout the OH-6A is an extremely maneuverable light observation helicopter initially fielded by the United States Army in Vietnam in early 1968. The teardrop shaped Hughes OH-6A was used for command and control, observation, target acquisition, and reconnaissance. Small, light, sturdy, and maneuverable the helicopter had very low drag. The OH-6A Cayuse was quite effective when teamed with the AH-1G Cobra attack helicopter as part of what were known as "Pink Teams". The OH-6A would locate targets by flying low, enticing the enemy to fire, and then marking the hostile position with colored smoke. The Cobra would attack using the smoke as a guide.

The Cayuse could absorb an extensive amount of small arms fire and still bring the crew home safely. The OH-6A could be armed with the M27 armament subsystem, the port (left) side mounting M134 six-barrel 7.62mm Minigun or a 40mm grenade launcher on the XM8 armament subsystem. In addition, an M60D 7.62mm machine gun could be mounted in the rear starboard (right) door opening.

The museum’s OH-6A helicopter serial number 68-17252, was built by Hughes and delivered to the US Army in October 1969. First assigned to the 25th Infantry in Vietnam by 1971 it was assigned to the 1st of the 9th Cav "C" Charlie troop. It returned to the United States later in 1971 after accumulating 1,340 combat hours. During this time, it was shot down 4 times and had 2 non-combat accidents.

Following military service with the New York Army Guard, the aircraft was transferred through the GSA Law Enforcement support program to Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and then, in 2001, to the museum.

Each “Up-Close Aircraft Days” opportunity will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the scheduled date (Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and is included with regular Museum admission: $10 for guests ages 12 years and older; $5 for children ages 5 to 11 years; and free for ages 4 and younger. In case of inclement weather, other aircraft may be substituted. March Field Air Museum is a top-rated TripAdvisor attraction located alongside Interstate Highway 215 at Van Buren Boulevard, just south of downtown Riverside and adjacent to March Air Reserve Base. For more information about the Museum, please call 951-902-5949 or visit www.MarchField.org

Address

22550 Van Buren Blvd
Riverside, CA
92518

Parking is free We are located just off the I-215 freeway at the Van Buren Exit in Riverside. Our orange and white checkerboard roof is visible from the freeway as you approach. For map search programs, use the address at 22550 Van Buren, Riverside, CA, 92518

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(951) 902-5949

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The March Field Air Museum is located just southeast of downtown Riverside, California, adjacent to March Field (today’s March Air Reserve Base). March Field Air Museum features 84 historic aircraft and extensive exhibits and static displays relating to military aviation and the central role of March Field in its development. A major focus of the collections and exhibits is the history March Field itself, the West Coast’s oldest continuously operated military airfield, and a birthplace of the modern United States Air Force

March Field Air Museum is a nonprofit educational institution, dedicated to promoting an understanding of humanity’s passion for flight and March Field’s pivotal role in the development of aviation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the museum is rated the #1 Attraction in Riverside by TripAdvisor. Displayed aircraft range from a full scale replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer (which launched powered flight worldwide), to the world’s fastest manned air-breathing aircraft (the SR-71 Blackbird) and a modern MQ-1 Predator (remotely piloted aircraft), to early examples of military aircraft, and some of America’s most iconic military planes including the World War II B-17 Flying Fortress, B-29 Super-fortress and a Vietnam era B-52 Strato-fortress.

DID YOU KNOW? In 2018, March Field is commemorating its Centennial! As it begins its second century as a military airfield, March Air Reserve Base is expanding to encompass new missions in service to, and in protection of, our great nation. The March Field Air Museum is proud to preserve and present this historic airfield’s history to the public! Admission:

$10.00 Adult/Youth ages 12+ $5.00 Ages 5-11 children under 5 FREE Museum Members FREE

Active-duty Military, National Guard and Reserves personnel FREE with current ID (year-round)

We are a Blue Star Museum! From Memorial Day through labor Day, active duty Military, National Guard and Reserves personnel and their immediate families are FREE with current ID.

Daily narrated tram tours of the outdoor “flightline” depart hourly - $3.00 per person

Museum and Museum Store open Tuesday-Sunday 9 am-5 pm https://www.MarchField.org

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A couple of days you had posted about the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans hosted by Riversode Veterans Cematary with a free enterance to the museum after My question is do I have to take part in Cematary gig inorder to get a free pass to the museum
We are a month away from our very popular Evening at the Museum event on March 7, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entitled The Return of “Spy Pilot Chronicles” featuring Brian Shul, Major, USAF (Ret), a former pilot of the super-secret Lockheed SR-71 spy plane. Shul will share with guests what it was like to fly higher and faster than any other airplane while gathering classified information on our adversarial countries around the world. The last time Major Shul was here the event sold out. His story is informative and motivating as he grasps your attention. Advanced discounted $25 tickets can be obtained on Eventbrite or by going to the Norton AFB Museum webpage, https://www.nafbmuseum.org/events or at the Museum (open Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or purchased at the door for a slightly higher fee of $30. No refunds after February 27, 2020. Doors will open @ 17:30 (5:30 p.m.), Appetizers @ 18:30 (6:30 p.m.) and Major Shul will entertain us @ 19:30, (7:30 p.m.). Heavy Appetizers will be provided by Mill Creek Cattle Company, and a no-host bar will be available. The event will be held in the fabulous San Bernardino International Airport's Departure Terminal, 105 Leland Norton Way, which overlooks the expansive flightline below the majestic San Bernardino Mountains. Parking is free. For additional information call (909) 382-7307.
'Ole Grandad' as it sat in December 1992 ready for admission to the March Field Air Musuem
Thanks for the great Hoodie, I needed it. It is such a pleasure being a Volunteer at March Field Air Museum
Is there going to be a Pearl Harbor Celebration with Earl Williams this Saturday Dec 7th ???
Visite este museo en el 2o14 y lo disfrute con mi familia lo suficiente Precioso museo bendiciones
I had the pleasure to visit the Museum on September 12th. I took a photo of a T-28 taken at the museum and am wondering if anyone can identify the aircraft for me?
After World War II, Major Olds transitioned to jet fighters with the Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star at March Field, near Riverside, California.