Norton Air Force Base Museum

Norton Air Force Base Museum Located within the former NCO Club, the NAFB Museum has 2,000 square feet of space that will be used
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Shout Out!!!!Sean Mclaughlin was at Norton in the early 70's, working at Fuel Cell.  He remembers Combat Camera wanted t...
01/02/2024

Shout Out!!!!
Sean Mclaughlin was at Norton in the early 70's, working at Fuel Cell. He remembers Combat Camera wanted to film a chopper on fire. He doused the chopper with plenty of fuel. When it lit up, it took a while for the fire department to put out the flames with foam. He wants to hear from you who worked with him at Fuel Cell.
https://youtu.be/HVA2oOtEmXs

Sean Mclaughlin was at Norton in the early 70's, working at Fuel Cell. He remembers Combat Camera wanted to film a chopper on fire. He doused the chopper w...

Some comparisons C17 Globemaster, C5 Galaxy and C130 Hercules
01/01/2024

Some comparisons C17 Globemaster, C5 Galaxy and C130 Hercules

Happy New Year from the staff at the Norton Air Force Base Museum.The museum will be closed on Saturday, December 30thTh...
12/30/2023

Happy New Year from the staff at the Norton Air Force Base Museum.
The museum will be closed on Saturday, December 30th

Thank you for your support throughout 2023.

Pat Morris, the Mayor of San Bernardino, California from 2006 to 2014, visited the NAFB Museum on December 28, 2023.  He...
12/29/2023

Pat Morris, the Mayor of San Bernardino, California from 2006 to 2014, visited the NAFB Museum on December 28, 2023. He is very athletic, staying in shape bicycling. He has great stories about providing athletic opportunities for the youth of San Bernardino.
I asked Pat if he was ever briefed by Norton personnel on the UFO events that occurred on base. He was never informed. I briefed him on the latest UFO shootdowns of Feb 23' at Dead Horse, AK, Canada, and the Great Lakes. I also briefed him on the events of 1982.

CMSgt John Kucherer, 15th ALCE, visited the NAFB Museum on December 28, 2023.  He is a great communicator.  He had a lot...
12/29/2023

CMSgt John Kucherer, 15th ALCE, visited the NAFB Museum on December 28, 2023. He is a great communicator. He had a lot of stories to share.
https://youtu.be/EDyjv-SwGmc

CMSgt John Kucherer, 15th ALCE, visited the NAFB Museum on December 28, 2023. He is a great communicator. He had a lot of stories to share.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Norton Air Force Base Museum staff.The museum will be closed on Thursday, De...
12/15/2023

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Norton Air Force Base Museum staff.
The museum will be closed on Thursday, December 23rd, and Thursday, December 30th.
Thank you for supporting us throughout this year.

The Norton AFB Museum has added a new coffee cup to its inventory.  It displays Aircraft 177 the Hanoi Taxi.  They sell ...
12/05/2023

The Norton AFB Museum has added a new coffee cup to its inventory. It displays Aircraft 177 the Hanoi Taxi. They sell for $12 and shipping is $5. Call the museum (909) 382-7307 and order your coffee cup for Xmas.
https://youtu.be/TwMu3skevvU

The Norton AFB Museum has added a new coffee cup to its inventory. It displays Aircraft 177 the Hanoi Taxi. They sell for $12 and shipping is $5. Call the...

Happy Thanksgiving!The Norton Air Force Base Museum will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd, 2023.We are Thankful for ...
11/17/2023

Happy Thanksgiving!
The Norton Air Force Base Museum will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd, 2023.
We are Thankful for all the visitors who have come by and shared their stories and precious memories of their time at Norton.
The Museum will be open on Saturday, November 25th, 2023 from 10 AM to 2 PM

While visiting the Charles B. Hall Air Park at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, I came across a dedication monument fo...
11/06/2023

While visiting the Charles B. Hall Air Park at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, I came across a dedication monument for the C-141. Written on the monument:
C-141 "Starlifter"
Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
The C141 arrived at its first operational site, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, on 19 October 1964. It was flown by the 1707th Air Transport Wing. 1741st Air Transport Squadron, until the unit was inactivated on 8 January 1966. The 57th military airlift squadron was activated the same day.

Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center is the largest of 3 ALCs in the Air Force Materiel Command and provides depot maintenance, product support, services and supply chain management, as well as information support for 31 weapon systems, 10 commands, 93 Air Force bases and 46 foreign nations. The 72d Air Base Wing provides full spectrum installation support to Team Tinker and expeditionary combat capability for the warfighter. Tinker also has two tenant ACC units and hosts 2 Air Force Reserve Wings as well as Navy personnel. The 552 ACW is responsible to the commander of Air Combat Command for the operations, maintenance, logistics, training, and combat support of E-3 AWACS aircraft in support of combatant commanders.

Billy & Donna Mitchell took a picture in front of our new C-141 banner. They look pretty good.
11/06/2023

Billy & Donna Mitchell took a picture in front of our new C-141 banner. They look pretty good.

The NAFB Museum has a new display for you UFO buffs.  We have information and pictures about the shootdown of a flying o...
11/03/2023

The NAFB Museum has a new display for you UFO buffs. We have information and pictures about the shootdown of a flying object at Deadhorse, Alaska on Feb 10, 2023. We have also been informed about the UFO that was on display in one of the hangars on the base. Stop by the museum and learn more about what we have uncovered. Hope to see you soon.

New Display BannersNorton AFB Museum added the C141 banner of ACFT 177 to the museum parking lot. This banner joins the ...
10/10/2023

New Display Banners
Norton AFB Museum added the C141 banner of ACFT 177 to the museum parking lot. This banner joins the B2 Stealth Bomber banner.

Veronica Hayes from Richmond VA visited the NAFB Museum today.  She was working in the Comm Sqdr 84’-86’.  She got out e...
10/10/2023

Veronica Hayes from Richmond VA visited the NAFB Museum today. She was working in the Comm Sqdr 84’-86’. She got out early when Jimmy Carter was downsizing the military.
https://youtu.be/s5GjRJWJbY4

Veronica Hayes from Richmond VA visited the NAFB Museum today. She was working in the Comm Sqdr 84’-86’. She got out early when Jimmy Carter was downsizing...

Dudley gave a tour to guests from Essex UK.  Andy and Adele are doing the Route 66 self-guided tour from Chicago.  They ...
08/30/2023

Dudley gave a tour to guests from Essex UK. Andy and Adele are doing the Route 66 self-guided tour from Chicago. They will return for the 100th anniversary in 2026’.

Crew chief James Deal visited the NAFB Museum.  His dad FE Robert Deal was assigned to Norton 68’-70’ on the C-123.  Jam...
08/29/2023

Crew chief James Deal visited the NAFB Museum. His dad FE Robert Deal was assigned to Norton 68’-70’ on the C-123. James told an interesting story while assigned to Da Nang. John Wayne was walking the flightline at night shaking hands with the maintenance guys working their aircraft. Come and visit the museum. We would appreciate hearing your stories.

We are deeply saddened to inform you that Richard Calvin Grant, also known as RC, passed away on Wednesday. He was a mem...
08/28/2023

We are deeply saddened to inform you that Richard Calvin Grant, also known as RC, passed away on Wednesday. He was a member of the 728/729 Squadrons and served as an ART. Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.

The NAFB Museum has on display in the parking lot a Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit banner.  Our docent Dudley provided the ...
08/14/2023

The NAFB Museum has on display in the parking lot a Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit banner. Our docent Dudley provided the picture of the B-2. He worked at Northrop as a lead test engineer. A C-141 aircraft banner will be on display soon.

Chuck, NAFBM Decent

Shout Out from Col. Jim KerrCol Jim Kerr, visited the NAFB Museum on Thursday, July 24, 2023.  He was a pilot at Norton ...
08/02/2023

Shout Out from Col. Jim Kerr
Col Jim Kerr, visited the NAFB Museum on Thursday, July 24, 2023. He was a pilot at Norton for 10 years. He is here from GA fulfilling a promise he made his wife. He promised to return to Norton to celebrate her birthday at Big Bear. He will be visiting his friends while here.
https://youtu.be/1r3dw9GDlEc

Col Jim Kerr, visited the NAFB Museum on July 27, 2023. He was a pilot at Norton for 10 years. He is here from GA fulfilling a promise he made his wife. He...

Shout Out!Carlos Quiroz visited the NAFB Museum.  He worked in ISO Dock 84’-90’ at Norton and was a member of the Hawaii...
07/20/2023

Shout Out!
Carlos Quiroz visited the NAFB Museum. He worked in ISO Dock 84’-90’ at Norton and was a member of the Hawaiian Mafia. He is trying to contact old friends.
https://youtu.be/8eYFT1kDeLU

Carlos Quiroz visited the NAFB Museum today. He worked in ISO Dock 84’-90’ at Norton and was a member of the Hawaiian Mafia. He is trying to contact old fr...

Special Visitor: NAFB Museum was visited by Flt Surgeon Col Eric Paul and his wife Lt Karen of the Mexican Air Force.  T...
07/20/2023

Special Visitor:
NAFB Museum was visited by Flt Surgeon Col Eric Paul and his wife Lt Karen of the Mexican Air Force. They live in Mexico City and have relatives here in San Berdo. I wanted to know how our local Mexican food compares to theirs. He said our American food was the best.

Steve Scheffrin and his wife Noy visited the NAFB Museum and brought lunch for the museum volunteers.  Steve was assigne...
07/19/2023

Steve Scheffrin and his wife Noy visited the NAFB Museum and brought lunch for the museum volunteers. Steve was assigned to the Radar shop after his tour in Thailand. They are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year. His oldest boy is also in the USAF.
https://youtu.be/MRczvthoId4

Steve Scheffrin and his wife Noy visited the NAFB Museum and brought lunch for the museum volunteers. Steve was assigned to Radar shop after his tour in Tha...

Robert Harris of the Norton Fire Dept visited the NAFB Museum.  He was here from 85’ to 95’.  We talked about the fire f...
07/19/2023

Robert Harris of the Norton Fire Dept visited the NAFB Museum. He was here from 85’ to 95’. We talked about the fire foam 1st used was animal-based and caused a lot of health problems. It was interesting talking with Robert.
https://youtu.be/16MYAaGcnLI

Robert Harris of the Norton Fire Dept visited the NAFB Museum today. He was here 85’ to 95’. We talked about the fire foam 1st used was animal based and ca...

Jim Franz loadmaster from the 53rd MAS visited the NAFB Museum.  He was proud to be on the last Norton Ice mission.  Ret...
07/18/2023

Jim Franz loadmaster from the 53rd MAS visited the NAFB Museum. He was proud to be on the last Norton Ice mission. Retired at Travis and he is visiting his kids near the base.
https://youtu.be/GleZT_C5Cag

Jim Franz loadmaster from the 53rd MAS visited the NAFB Museum. He was proud to be on the last Norton Ice mission. Retired at Travis and he is visiting his...

Douglas Kohrt, JAG Officer at Norton 88’ –  91’ visited the NAFB Museum on July 6th.  He and Col Underwood would have gr...
07/18/2023

Douglas Kohrt, JAG Officer at Norton 88’ – 91’ visited the NAFB Museum on July 6th. He and Col Underwood would have great times playing golf on base. He mentioned that Col Underwood’s boss was Col Wood.
https://youtu.be/dPjFMTHGLfM

Douglas Kohrt, JAG Officer at Norton 88’ – 91’ visited the NAFB Museum on Thursday. He and the Col Underwood would have great times playing golf on base. ...

We were surprised to have a very special visitor on July 8th, Fonzell Marsh.  He worked ISO 84’ to 92’.  He started the ...
07/09/2023

We were surprised to have a very special visitor on July 8th, Fonzell Marsh. He worked ISO 84’ to 92’. He started the base Body Building team. They did competitions at Muscle Beach, Venice, and other locations. He told the story about his future wife leaving home and staying with him in the barracks until they got married. He is now a pastor for Global Military Ministries in Okinawa, Japan.
https://youtu.be/NXvKLZoq40A

We were surprised to have a very special visitor today, Fonzell Marsh. He worked ISO 84’ to 92’. He started the base Body Building team. They did competit...

Jose Lopez from Combat Camera updated and enhanced the display for Combat Camera.  We have new pictures and a new widesc...
07/08/2023

Jose Lopez from Combat Camera updated and enhanced the display for Combat Camera. We have new pictures and a new widescreen display. Come and enjoy the display.

At the NAFB Museum, we created a new display for General Robin Olds. His last assignment was at Norton Air Force Base.  ...
06/23/2023

At the NAFB Museum, we created a new display for General Robin Olds. His last assignment was at Norton Air Force Base.

On June 17th, retired school teacher Doris Anderson donated a Flying Tigers flight jacket to the NAFB Museum.  Doris wou...
06/23/2023

On June 17th, retired school teacher Doris Anderson donated a Flying Tigers flight jacket to the NAFB Museum. Doris would wear the jacket to school during Memorial Day week and tell the kids the story of the Flying Tigers. We will research which pilot in the Panda Bears Squadron this jacket belonged to and set up a display for him. We know he is a Navy pilot and passed away in California.

The NAFB Museum received a donation from the San Bernardino Airport Fire Department.  After many years of service, they ...
06/23/2023

The NAFB Museum received a donation from the San Bernardino Airport Fire Department. After many years of service, they finally retired their Badger Purple K Potassium Bicarbonate fire extinguisher. This extinguisher saw duty at Norton AFB since 1955. Dudley remembers seeing it on the line many years ago. We are happy it will have a permanent home at the NAFB Museum.

The staff at the Norton Air Force Base Museum are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Brian Shul, a friend of ...
05/30/2023

The staff at the Norton Air Force Base Museum are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Brian Shul, a friend of the NAFBM. Brian conducted a few presentations about his life as an SR-71 pilot, selling out both presentations.

From Wikipedia, Brian Shul (8 February 1948 – 20 May 2023) was an American pilot and photographer. A Vietnam War-era attack pilot and a Major in the United States Air Force (USAF), he flew 212 combat missions and was shot down near the end of the war. He was so badly burned that he was given next to no chance to live. Surviving, he returned to full flight status, flying the SR-71 Blackbird. Major Shul completed a 20-year career in the Air Force. He wrote four books on aviation and ran a photo studio in Marysville, California, until his death in Reno, Nevada.

We are sure he is flying higher and faster than any SR-71 could go. Our condolences to his family.

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1601 E. 3rd Street
San Bernardino, CA
92408

Opening Hours

Thursday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm

Telephone

+19093827307

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