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Chico Air Museum

by | Apr 27, 2017 | California | 1 comment

Location & history

The Chico Air Museum was established in 2005 and in 2013 it was moved to its current location adjacent to the Chico Municipal Airport. The main museum building is a WWII era hangar built as a part of the Chico Army Air Field. Upon entering the museum, visitors are greeted by friendly docents and the McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle fighter, the largest plane inside the museum building.

McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle

McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle

Address:
165 Ryan Ave, Chico, CA 95973

Hours:
Summer (Jun – Sep): 9:00 am to 2:00 pm | Winter (Oct – May): 10:00 am to 3:00 pm or by appointment.

Admission:
Free (donations).

Phone:
(530) 345-6468

Website:
chicoairmuseum.org

Title Address Description
Chico Air Museum
165 Ryan Ave, Chico, CA 95973, USA

Aircraft collection

Other aircraft in the hangar include an EAA Biplane, a Thorp T-211, Pitts Model 12, and an airworthy replica of a famous WW1 fighter, the SPAD S.XIII, along with several others. Visitors can also pretend to be a Navy pilot and take a seat inside the Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune cockpit section.

Chico Air Museum

Chico Air Museum

Outdoor displays

Outdoor static displays include a maritime patrol aircraft, the Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune, a Soviet Antonov An-2 Colt biplane, Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star jet trainer, North American F-86 Sabre jet fighter, a Czechoslovakian-built Aero L-29 Delfin jet trainer and an amateur-built Viking Dragonfly.

North American F-86 Sabre

North American F-86 Sabre

Future plans

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and tax-deductible. The museum also has an active fundraising campaign that is aimed at funding a new eye-catching entrance to the main hangar.

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About The Author

Igor K.

I am the founder and editor-in-chief of the AirMuseumGuide.com blog. Together with my son - hopefully a future aerospace engineer - we are trying to visit as many aviation and aerospace museums in the US as possible with the ultimate goal of visiting them all. We have been able to visit approximately 60 so far. We are hoping this site will help preserve aviation history and inspire young people to pursue a career in aerospace.

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Chris Carey

Hi! Chris Carey of the Aerospace Museum of California (Sacramento, CA), here. I was most gratified to find Lockheed T-33 Sn 50-80491 in your airpark collection! I first ran across it when it was languishing at Sacramento’s Executive Airport (in the 90s), after being more or less abandoned as a Sacramento City College A&P School maintenance training aircraft. After some complex negotiations, we at AMC obtained it as a donation to our museum for our own airpark. However, since we already had a T-bird in our collection, the AMC Board put it ‘up for adoption’. I see it ended up… Read more »

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