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monthly dinners with speakers, and a youth aviation program for middle and high school students are sponsored by the museum.
Visitors have the opportunity
to see and experience history by standing beside an F-14 Tomcat, fly an F/A-18 flight simulator, or ride in a Douglas C-47 transport.
Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber, the C-47B transport at the museum
The Estrella Warbirds Museum is the home of the Gooney Bird Group and their C-47B, Betsy’s Bis- cuit Bomber. Betsy took a historical flight to Normandy in 2019, joining the largest fleet of her C-47 com- rades since World War II for the 75th international anniversary of D-Day. For the second time in her career, Betsy crossed the Atlantic, flying 13,000 miles, 130 hours and over two continents. The 2019 sum- mer anniversary of D-Day was the largest commemoration of a tragic period in world history and an occasion to celebrate peace, liberty and reconciliation.
Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber was
restored by the Estrella Warbird Museum’s restoration crew and returned to flight status August 1, 2009. Before being recovered from Canada where she had been sitting for six years, Betsy saw service with the United States Air Force, as well as the Belgium, French and
Israeli Air forces. Prior to being flown
home by the
museum
crew, Betsy had a
total of 9,420 flight hours.
She still
flies and
you can
too! The
museum
is accepting
donations for a seat
on a once a month flight
on board Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber. Flights are on the third Saturday of the month and must be reserved in advance. Make your reservation
on the Estrella Warbird website (ewarbirds.org).
On display
The displays include restored aircraft from the 1940s through the 1990s, a growing collection of
armaments and ordnance, restored military
vehicles, a full size F/A-18 cockpit
simulator that was
actually used for
pilot training, a fully
equipped old Indy
car garage, and the
WWII Red Ball Express Mo- tor Pool. The 19,700,
square foot Woodland Auto Display includes historic
NASCAR cars, a Steve McQueen Indian motorcycle with a sidecar and an always-changing assortment
of street rods, antique and classic vehicles.
A ‘must-visit’ for all
The Estrella Warbirds Museum and Woodland Auto Display is one of the fastest growing nonprofit museums in Central California and a “must-visit” for airplane, vehicle, and military memorabilia fans. Bring the family and plan on spending several hours.
Estrella Warbirds Museum is
a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, dedicated to restoring and preserving military aircraft, vehicles and memorabilia, to honoring those who flew, drove and worked on them and to helping future generations understand that the American way of life does not come without sacrifice.
Estrella Warbirds Museum and Woodland Auto Display, located
at 4251 Dry Creek Road in Paso Robles, is open Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Mondays for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. For tickets or more information visit ewarbirds.org, or call
(805) 238-9317.
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  Paso Robles Pioneer Museum www.PasoRoblesPioneerMuseum.org
Open:
Thursday - Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
2010 Riverside Ave. (805) 239-4556
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