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Estrella Warbirds Museum and Woodland auto display, where history still flies
 Museum celebrates 30th anniversary
See some of the rarest airplanes, vehicles and military collections in the United States at the Estrella
Warbirds Museum, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Gary Corippo and Glen Thomson got the idea for the museum in 1989 after seeing some aircraft displays at Moffett Field. Located at the Paso Robles Municipal Airport, formerly Estrella Army Airfield, the Estrella Warbirds Museum was incorpo- rated as a nonprofit in 1992. It was originally organized as a chapter of the Confederate Air Force, now the
Commemorative Air Force. From its first building on a
small parcel of land, the museum
has grown to a 14 building com- plex, including hangars, exhibit halls, restoration workshop, library,
gift shop, and conference facili- ties. Dedicated to the preservation of military aircraft, vehicles, and memorabilia, the museum cur- rently has a collection of 40 aircraft and 43 military vehicles. In 2009 the Woodland Auto Display opened with a collection of period and race cars that increased public interest in the museum. Perhaps the most valuable assets are the thousands
of volunteers who, over the past 30 years, have restored and maintained the artifacts.
When the Estrella Army Air- field was dedicated in 1943, no one could have foreseen that it would become a bustling municipal air- port – and the home of the Estrella Warbirds Museum.
Education is a large part of the museum’s mission. School tours,
  See vintage military airplanes, vehicles and more!
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