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Pacific Coast Air Museum

by | Feb 24, 2018 | California | 0 comments

Location & history

Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) is located approximately 65 miles north of San Francisco, in Santa Rosa, CA. It was established in 1989, and a battered Douglas A-26C Invader attack bomber of World War II became the first aircraft PCAM obtained, restored and displayed. It was soon followed by a Vought F-8U Crusader, and today the museum features over 35 aircraft, mostly military, as well as indoor exhibits covering an area of 5 acres on the grounds of the Sonoma County Airport.

Address:
One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Hours:
10 a.m. – 4 p.m Wednesday – Sunday; closed Monday, Tuesday and major holidays.

Admission:
Adult: $10; Senior (65+): $7; Child (6-17): $5; 5 & Under Free

Phone:
(707) 575-7900

Website:
pacificcoastairmuseum.org

Title Address Description
Pacific Coast Air Museum
2230 Becker Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, USA

Hands-on museum

PCAM takes a different approach to their museum than others, believing that learning about aircraft should be a ‘hands-on’ experience, contrary to most museums which do not want their exhibits touched. Highlights of the PCAM collection include the following: Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, North American RF-86F Sabre, McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II, Grumman S-2A Tracker airtanker, Grumman HU-16E Albatross, Northrop F-5E Tiger II, McDonnell Douglas AV-8C Harrier and Ilyushin Il-14 “Crate”. The museum also includes a small building that houses aviation artifacts, models, artwork, and written materials.

McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II

McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II

First Responder

The museum is also home to the USAF McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle (#77-102) which was the first fighter response over New York after 9/11. Flown by Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Duffy, the jet was scrambled from Otis Air National Guard Base in Falmouth Massachusetts, and flew to Manhattan on full afterburners, arriving at Long Island shortly before the South Tower was hit by United Airlines Flight 175. The plane cleared the airspace above New York of all aircraft and established a combat air patrol (CAP) in case of any further attacks.

McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle (9/11 First Responder)

McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle (9/11 First Responder)

Museum events

The museum occasionally features Open Cockpit Weekends, usually once a month, allowing visitors to peer into the interiors of various aircraft in the museum’s collection. In September, the museum also hosts the ‘Wings Over Wine Country’ air show at Sonoma County Airport featuring civilian aerobatic performers, jet demonstration teams, fly-bys of historic WWII aircraft and static displays.

Grumman HU-16E Albatross

Grumman HU-16E Albatross

Restoring to flight

Pacific Coast Air Museum also works on restoring some of their historic aircraft to an airworthy status through their ‘Flight Wing’ program, which currently includes a Stinson 108 Voyager, North American T-28C Trojan and Grumman C-1A Trader. The museum also has begun a major fundraiser to build a new, larger and more permanent location for their current and future aircraft collection.

Grumman S-2A Tracker airtanker

Grumman S-2A Tracker airtanker

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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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