Castle Air Museum

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5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater, CA, USA

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Well restored and maintained war planes from the 40s to the present. May 21, 2011
This large mainly outdoor museum was opened in 1981 to pay tribute to the significant role military aviation has played in the defense of the free world. Housed on 32 acres on land this museum features more than 50 aircraft from World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam Conflicts. There are also a few that are housed in special indoor hangers to keep them from deteriorating in the hot dry climate of the San Joaquin valley. As you enter through the gift shop and pay your admission you are handed a brochure describing each plane or helicopter with a small picture and written description. There is also a small map of the grounds and instructions to follow the small planes painted on the pathway. On some days you are even allowed to do cockpit tours, but unfortunately not on the day we were there. It takes quite a while to walk the entire field of craft, but you can take pictures of every one, just not from inside the chains that are circling each plane. There is also an indoor museum area with several nice artifacts and memorabilia. When you are through with your tour you can stop at the small café if they are open when you are there and again browse the gift shop. If you enjoy getting up pretty close to some major aircraft, this is a wonderful couple of hours.

NOTE: This is NOT a good place to visit in the heat of summer when temperatures can be as high as 115 degrees.
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