Norton Air Force Base Museum

Norton Air Force Base Museum "To preserve, honor and promote the history of the Norton Air Force Base" The NAFB Museum is in the process building its collection and is now accepting donations!
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If you have any pictures, artifacts or other memorabilia from the Norton Air Force Base that you would like to share, or if you would like to make a donation to assit our effort, please contact the San Bernardino International airport at (909) 382-4100 Ext: 134 or email [email protected].

If you have any pictures, artifacts or other memorabilia from the Norton Air Force Base that you would like to share, or if you would like to make a donation to assit our effort, please contact the San Bernardino International airport at (909) 382-4100 Ext: 134 or email [email protected].

Mission: "To preserve, honor and promote the history of the Norton Air Force Base"

Here's a photo of a C-141 Tail Number 60186 being restored. Thank you Alberto Capone for finding this beauty.
08/08/2020

Here's a photo of a C-141 Tail Number 60186 being restored. Thank you Alberto Capone for finding this beauty.

07/20/2020
MACH LOOP STAR WARS CANYON AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY

For all of you plane lovers and photo buffs, this is an awesome video. I found myself wanting to watch more and more. These are Air Force jets training in the Mach Loop in Nothern Wales. Fascinating! Would love to be there to experience this.

As I’d been requested so many times on previous uploads it was time to put together a video showing my camera settings for the still shots. The photos have b...

05/25/2020
Flt Engr George Steffen from the 15th brought his family to the NAFB Museum in early March to show that he could still f...
03/18/2020

Flt Engr George Steffen from the 15th brought his family to the NAFB Museum in early March to show that he could still fit into his flt jacket. He also brought the newspaper article that he received his 10,000 hours accident-free award. He is still sharp for being 92 years old.

Dave dropped in at the NAFB Museum, in early March, and donated some of his mementos from the base. The engine cover is ...
03/18/2020

Dave dropped in at the NAFB Museum, in early March, and donated some of his mementos from the base. The engine cover is off of acft 0200 and was used during the 1986 Volant Rodeo. The navigator's sextant stool was taken off of acft 177. Thanks, David Howell for sharing your stuff with the museum

>>IN OUR QUEST FOR SAFETY OF BOTH THE NORTON AFB MUSEUM GUESTS AND VOLUNTEER STAFFING,THE MUSEUM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED D...
03/13/2020

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IN OUR QUEST FOR SAFETY OF BOTH THE NORTON AFB MUSEUM GUESTS AND VOLUNTEER STAFFING,

THE MUSEUM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO THE THREAT OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

THE MUSEUM WILL REOPEN WHEN THIS THREAT HAS PASSED AND IT IS SAFE FOR GUEST AND OUR VOLUNTEERS ALIKE

Thank You for your understanding

The staff at the Norton Air Force Base Museum want to thank Maj. Brian Shul (Ret.) for the wonderful and insightful pres...
03/09/2020

The staff at the Norton Air Force Base Museum want to thank Maj. Brian Shul (Ret.) for the wonderful and insightful presentation during his time as a spy pilot flying the SR-71.
In the photo: (L-R) Bob Edwards (President, NAFBM) and Brian Shul.

03/08/2020

Brian Shul, Spy Pilot Chronicles.

03/08/2020

Live with Mike Parkerson from the Norton Air Force Base museum.

Looks like we'll have another sold-out event tonight for major Brian Shul retired.
03/08/2020

Looks like we'll have another sold-out event tonight for major Brian Shul retired.

Our speaker Brian shull major retired for the spy pilot Chronicles will be providing an audio visual presentation tonigh...
03/08/2020

Our speaker Brian shull major retired for the spy pilot Chronicles will be providing an audio visual presentation tonight of what it was like to fly at the SR-71 the world's fastest and flown the highest airplane that we know.

A big thank you to Mill Creek steakhouse in barbecue providing them a meal for us tonight at the spy pilot Chronicles at...
03/08/2020

A big thank you to Mill Creek steakhouse in barbecue providing them a meal for us tonight at the spy pilot Chronicles at the San Bernardino international airport

Beautiful wall mural inside the San Bernardino international airport also known as the former Norton Air Force Base term...
03/08/2020

Beautiful wall mural inside the San Bernardino international airport also known as the former Norton Air Force Base terminal where tonight we're having the spy pilot Chronicles featuring Brian shul

The wall inside of the San Bernardino international airport terminal has a great quotation about Norton Air Force Base
03/08/2020

The wall inside of the San Bernardino international airport terminal has a great quotation about Norton Air Force Base

03/08/2020

Spy Pilot Chronicles

Don't miss Spy Pilot Chronicles with SR-71 Pilot, Brian Shul."The Spy Pilot Chronicles return to San Bernardino Internat...
03/06/2020
Take a seat for this stellar entertainment in the San Bernardino area

Don't miss Spy Pilot Chronicles with SR-71 Pilot, Brian Shul.
"The Spy Pilot Chronicles return to San Bernardino International Airport departure terminal on Saturday, March 7, as Major Brian Shul, USAF (Ret.), a former pilot of the super secret Lockheed SR-71 Spy Plane, talks about his incredible adventures in the sky."

You can hear from a former pilot at SBIA or watch a student theater production in Fontana, here are details on both.

Tomorrow is the big day for the Norton Air Force Base Museum as we host "A Night at the Museum" event Spy Pilot Chronicl...
03/06/2020
SPY PILOT CHRONICLES - A Special Evening with SR-71 Pilot Brian Shul

Tomorrow is the big day for the Norton Air Force Base Museum as we host "A Night at the Museum" event Spy Pilot
Chronicles with SR-71 pilot, Maj. Brian Shul (Ret.). Don't miss this opportunity. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spy-pilot-chronicles-a-special-evening-with-sr-71-pilot-brian-shul-tickets-70966142643

Norton AFB Museum to host ‘Spy Pilot’ Chronicles The Board of Directors of the non-profit Norton AFB Museum is pleased to announce the museum will host another of its very popular Evening at the Museum events on March 7, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Entitled The Return of “Spy Pilot Chronic...

Don't miss out on this amazing event!We are one week away from our very popular Evening at the Museum event on March 7, ...
02/28/2020

Don't miss out on this amazing event!

We are one week 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.

Don't miss out on this amazing event!We are three weeks away from our very popular Evening at the Museum event on March ...
02/14/2020

Don't miss out on this amazing event!

We are three weeks 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.

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. Entitle...
02/06/2020

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.

Our March 7th event featuring SR-71 Spy Pilot, Brian Shul, is quickly approaching. Don't miss this opportunity to hear M...
01/16/2020

Our March 7th event featuring SR-71 Spy Pilot, Brian Shul, is quickly approaching. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Major Shul (Ret) 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. Order your tickets now!

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.
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Wishing you and your family a safe and joyous 2020 New Year. The beginning of a new decade.
12/31/2019

Wishing you and your family a safe and joyous 2020 New Year. The beginning of a new decade.

The Norton AFB Museum Team (with their spouses) enjoyed their annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 21, 2019.  Th...
12/26/2019

The Norton AFB Museum Team (with their spouses) enjoyed their annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 21, 2019. The party was hosted by the Mill Creek Cattle Company Restaurant in Mentone CA. Great food and fun were had by all to include a random inexpensive gift exchange.

We want to thank the San Bernardino Fire Department and their outstanding crew of firemen “elf’s”  who once again joined...
12/19/2019

We want to thank the San Bernardino Fire Department and their outstanding crew of firemen “elf’s” who once again joined in the support of the Norton AFB Museum along with the 63rd / 445th Norton Veterans Group’s toy drive for 2019.

It is through your and your teams of Santa’s Helpers efforts that make this yearly event possible. Bringing the BIG RED SLEIGH and the other fire truck to fill up with the toys really makes it a hit for the team that worked to collect the record-setting amount of gifts for the children of greater San Bernardino.

From all of us at the Norton Air Force Base Museum, we wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings. Thank you for your suppor...
11/27/2019

From all of us at the Norton Air Force Base Museum, we wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings. Thank you for your support.

The San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce LEADERSHIP CLASS (of 20 students) with Ms. Judi Penman visited the Norton  AFB Mu...
11/23/2019

The San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce LEADERSHIP CLASS (of 20 students) with Ms. Judi Penman visited the Norton AFB Museum on Friday, Nov 15, 2019.
The class was given a brief tour of the NAFBM with an invitation to come back and enjoy a full tour of the NAFBM and the 63rd / 445th Norton Veterans Memorial. Thank you, Judi, for making the Norton AFB Museum one of the places the Leadership students come to see a part of San Bernardino's history.

November 11, 2019, the Norton Air Force Base Museum staff and friends participated in the Redlands Veterans Day Parade p...
11/21/2019

November 11, 2019, the Norton Air Force Base Museum staff and friends participated in the Redlands Veterans Day Parade providing 3rd District Supervisor, Dawn Rowe, a ride during the parade.

The Norton Air Force Base Museum staff surprised JoAnn Web with a birthday cake. JoAnn is a vital part of our team. Happ...
11/16/2019

The Norton Air Force Base Museum staff surprised JoAnn Web with a birthday cake. JoAnn is a vital part of our team. Happy Birthday, JoAnn.

The staff at the Norton Air Force Base Museum say thank you and celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans...
11/09/2019

The staff at the Norton Air Force Base Museum say thank you and celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans.

Timeline Photos
11/02/2019

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
11/02/2019

Timeline Photos

F-18 on display
11/02/2019

F-18 on display

C-17
11/02/2019

C-17

11/02/2019

C-17 landing and taxing right in front of us

One of the uses of the former Norton air Force Base is the parting out and dismantling of commercial airliners. This tai...
11/02/2019

One of the uses of the former Norton air Force Base is the parting out and dismantling of commercial airliners. This tail section belongs to a Delta airliner

Address

1601 E 3rd St
San Bernardino, CA
92410

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The Norton Air Force Base Museum is open! Hours are Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm. Hope to see you soon!

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(909) 382-7307

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I wonder if the Norton AFB Museum could restore and preserve that decal on the old 53rd MAS squadron door? That's Norton AFB history.
I know this may not strictly be a Norton AFB thing, but March AFB is close. JAMES LUND CHAMPLIN Jim Champlin passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord at home. He was an artist who led a life full of adventure and commitment to his country. He grew up in Ames, Iowa, and studied mechanical engineering at Iowa State University. In 1954 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the USAF. He earned his M.S. in aeronautical engineering at Texas A&M in 1961. He retired from his military career as a major, with two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star, eleven air medals, and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross. To further honor those with whom he served, he used his hidden artistic talents to design the National Distinguished Flying Cross Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California in 2010. He continued to follow his passion for art in his later years. Jim had 5 children with his first wife, Janet, and he had the added blessing of adopting the three sons of his second wife, Trish. He is survived by his loving companion of 10 years, Mary Amick, and by his children Catherine, Joel, Steve, and Bryan, 10 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Preceding him in death were children Sue Marie, Matthew, Douglas, and David, as well as his wife of 45 years, Helen Patricia Champlin.
I am looking for the squadron photo of the 53rd MAS “Blackjacks” the year we won the MAC Airlift Squadron of the Year, circa 1985 or 1986. Denny German was the squadron commander.
ADMINSTRATOR First of all I want to invite you to join the Norton AFB Alum. It would be beneficial to the museum because we have members that contribute items of interest concerning the base. Members post pictures and recently there have been several items concerning SBAMA. Our members would be willing to share. It is easier for you to join us and select what is important for the museum.
53rd MAS, 50th Anniversary Video
Thank you so much to the wonderful staff members at Norton Air Force Base Museum for showing us the museum and providing so much history and information. My father was visiting from Japan, as he worked at the Yokota Air Force and always had wanted to check out this museum for a while now. He had an great visit, thank you so much!
Hi Everyone. I worked there in the 445 AMS from April 1982 through 1990. I was in the Inertial Nav shop. I later worked Guidance & Control when they combined shops. I am so sorry, but I really draw a blank on names I used to work with. Many moons ago! I have a few: Sumski, Rictor, Kali Sesay (been really trying to find him!).
Can't wait for November 3rd and 4th
My art work "The AVENGER"! with the Motto placed on the Helmet's white area, unseeable by this photo, being from a Fortune Cookie:"Keep on charging the Enemy so long as there is Life!" The area is the front lawn of DIXON's HEALTH CARE CENTER, 135 Reichart Avenue in Wintersville, Ohio. The ROSES are "VETERANS' HONOR" red bloomers, placed around a Memorial Day "engraved" field stone exactly in front of The Flag. The photo was taken August 17, 2017.
my dad (and our family) were stationed at Norton AFB from late 1979 to 83. I found out a few years ago that the off base house (NCO housing) was demolished. Brought tears to my eyes. we lived in Galaxy circle and I attended San Berdo High for 3 yrs, freshmen to junior. I have SOOOO many GREAT memories of this place. I was so sad to hear that it was closed and that the area had gotten really bad. I was wondering if anyone who lived there at the time I did, had or has any pics of off base housing area. I and my friend Troy had paper routes for the Sun times or sun sentinel for a couple of years.. I had the galaxy side and he had the starlifter circle side.... still make my heart ache to think about it being gone now... .. thanks to any who post and if any who know me.... feel free to say HI...
A picture of the SR-71 flying over Norton AFB looking East just off the 215 fwy & Orange Show Road exit. Target store sign in the foreground. Circa 1984-85. Norton Air Force Base Museum