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Great small military air museum

My teenage son loves military aircraft so we visit a lot of air museums. We live in Seattle and... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2018
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Great small outdoor exhibit

Liked being able to go into one of the helicopters while we there on a Saturday. Actually had... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2018
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Great local air museum with lots of things to look at. 95% of what they have is outside so it is weather dependent. With planes dating from the 1950s to 1980s, there are many docents to explain what you're seeing and give you background above what's on the signage. I suspect most, if not all, of these guys flew these aircraft at some point in their career. Makes it much more personal. The aircraft and helos are in various states of repair or disrepair as is the case with most smaller museums. Never enough money to fund such projects. However, they've still done a nice job presenting the mainly US equipment with a Russian transport and British vertical take off fighter jet mixed in.

Nice little gift shop aimed at kids of all sizes. Parking is plentiful though some of it is a gravel and dirt lot. This provides lots of space for RVs or rigs with trailers in their location adjacent to the Santa Rosa airport. Other than a drink vending machine there is no facility for buying food. However, there places to picnic if you bring your own. Not sure if this is allowed but I can't see why not.

It's a great place alone or with the family to spend 1-3 hours, depending on how much you want to chat with the docents. Cool place. Cheers!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank WineEng
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Make sure you go on Thursday for Hot Dog day starting at 11:30.
Our grandson loved the dogs and cockpit sitting. Several planes are open maned by volunteers who flew then in the old days.
Attention span is based on interest in older military planes and ability to imagine flying yourself.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank BoulderNut
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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.

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank RustyWater
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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.

Date of experience: April 2016
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.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank sebcell
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