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“Great place to take the kids”

Pacific Coast Air Museum
Ranked #18 of 70 things to do in Santa Rosa
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Owner description: Aircraft museum featuring aircraft from Korean War through Vietnam through Cold War. Exhibit for the 9/11 "First Responder" F-15 Eagle interceptor. Open Cockpit days, and some climb aboard aircraft open for public viewing. Museum with WW II artifacts and Gift Shop. Featuring special educational opportunities for local schools as well.
Reviewed 24 March 2017

This is an inexpensive way to entertain the grand kids. They loved the planes on display. The more weapons the plane had the better. We enjoyed spending a couple of hours going through the entire facility, staff was friendly and very accommodating. The Flight Simulator was also an added bonus for the grand kids. I was very happy to see the grand kids talk about what they had studied in school and to see the actual planes was very exciting for them.

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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Located near the Charles M. Schultz Sonoma County Airport (STS), the Pacific Coast Air Museum has a wide variety of aircraft ranging from the small Pitts Special and Bede 5J jet (think James Bond) up to an Ilyushin "Crate." In between are displayed 37 other planes, helicopters, a drone, parts of the SR-71, and cockpits. An A-26 "Intruder" is located in the large Butler hanger (featured in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"), which can be viewed if there is an authorized Museum member present to escort you to it. Also in the hangar, is a S-2A "Tracker" tanker that the Museum has restored to flying status. A Flight Simulator with different aircraft types loaded may be enjoyed with appropriate Museum member supervision. Unique to this Museum is the visitors' ability to touch the aircraft, look into the cockpits, and once a month during Open Cockpit Weekends one or more cockpits are open for visitors to actually climb into and sit in the cockpit of a jet or helicopter. A premier exhibit is the F-15A “First Responder,” which was the first fighter jet on the scene over New York City the morning of September 11, 2001. There is a small exhibit hall featuring displays of aircraft related history in California, Sonoma County and around the world. A gift shop is available, too. There are picnic tables for a bring-your-own lunch and a beverage machine. On the first Thursday of the month from April to October, the Museum puts on Hot Dog Thursday. For $5, you get a hot dog, chips and a soda. Add firehouse chili for a$1 and it's quite a meal. Tours are available by contacting the Museum. A "Wings Over Wine Country" air show is held in August (NO show in 2017.) Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM year around, excluding Christmas and New Years days and other major holidays. Admission prices (2017) are $10 Adult, $7 Senior, $5 Child (5-17). Children under 5 and Military are Free. Groups/Family $35 (up to 7 persons.)
I found the displays well organized and signage describing the each aircraft complete and accurate. There is an graveled path around the grounds that is wheelchair accessible. Gophers have damaged of the grounds in a few spots, so you have to be observant of where you step. Also, be careful around the aircraft as wing tips, tails and armament (dummy) can be close to the visitor at times.
Very educational, well maintained aircraft and pleasant surroundings made this a great day.

Thank Ray D
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

They put on the annual air show and it is always impressive with what they are able to produce. The Museum has an impressive collection of warbirds that are restored and in the process of restoration. The members are dedicated and knowledgeable of the birds and their history as most have served with similiar aircrafts.

Thank sebcell
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

Took my uncle here who was visiting from out-of-town. A good variety of planes to view and a lot of information as well. I was a little taken back. There was a sign that said there was a "suggested donation" of $5. The clerk who was there advised us that it would be $10 for the two of us. I paid the $10--it's not that much money---but the attitude and demeanor of the clerk there was such that I will never return.

Thank sullivan95401
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I truly miss my old drive to work from my home in west county. The traffic was light, the vineyard country roads were beautiful and a few minutes before I would arrive at the office, I'd pass by the Pacific Coast Air Museum.

A look to your left while driving passed the airport and you will see 20-30 various aircrafts. From huge, vintage Coast Guard planes (that still fly by the way) to fighter jets from past wars. The history is rich and the planes and jets are amazing.

Visit during September and you might get lucky and catch the airshow, but bring lots of water as the tarmac gets hot! The airshow definitely draws a crowd so just stop by one random day and enjoy this not so hidden treasure in Sonoma County!

Thank MikeandMeliss
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