Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center
|Location||Travis Air Force Base, in Fairfield, California|
|Curator||MSgt Aaron Wallenburg (Interim)|
The Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center, founded as the Travis Air Museum and later known as the Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum, is an aviation museum located at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. The museum houses 35+ aircraft displays and various other informative artifacts.
All visitors over age 18 must present a photo ID and be subject to a criminal background check in order to visit.
- 1 History
- 2 Exhibits
- 2.1 Outdoor aircraft park
- 2.2 Aircraft indoors
- 2.3 Indoor exhibits
- 3 Future expansion plans
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
In 1982, at the request of Col Tony Burshnick, Commander, 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis Air Force Base and a group of aviation enthusiasts, most of whom are retired Air Force members, established the Travis Air Force Base Historical Society, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, for the purpose of creating an air museum on base. The following year, the Travis Air Museum was established with the approval of the Secretary of the Air Force and Public Affairs, albeit with no facility. The mission of the Museum was to help preserve the heritage of the Air Force, the history of Travis Air Force Base and airlift in the Pacific. The Society then began a vigorous campaign to obtain aircraft and other artifacts for the museum. When the old commissary on base was vacated in 1986, Col John Tait, Commander, 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis Air Force Base, made it available to house the accumulated artifacts. Within a year, Travis Air Force Base museum officially became the Travis Air Museum. The collection began to grow.
In 1989, the Museum’s future namesake, California’s aviation pioneer and Medal of Honor recipient, General Jimmy Doolittle sent the base a signed photo congratulating it on the decision to house an air museum.
In the spring of 2001, with the blessing of the Jimmy Doolittle family and Lieutenant General Ronald C. Marcotte, Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command, the Foundation’s request to rename the new Travis Air Force Base Museum in honor of the late General (Ret) James H. Doolittle was approved.
In the spring of 2003, the highly successful 61st Doolittle Raider Reunion was hosted by the Travis Air Force Base Museum, the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Foundation and local communities.
Outdoor aircraft park
- A-26K Counter Invader
- B-29 Superfortress
- B-52D Stratofortress
- F-4C Phantom II
- F-84F Thunderstreak
- F-86L Sabre
- F-101B Voodoo
- F-102A Delta Dagger
- F-104A Starfighter
- F-105D Thunderchief
- C-7A Caribou
- C-45H Expeditor
- C-47 Skytrain
- C-54 Skymaster
- C-56 Lodestar
- C-118A Liftmaster
- C-119G Flying Boxcar
- C-123K Provider
- C-124C Globemaster II
- C-131D Samaritan
- C-133A Cargomaster
- C-141B Starlifter
- VC-140 JetStar
- HU-16 Albatross
- LC-126 Businessliner
- O-2A Super Skymaster
- U-3A Blue Canoe
- AT-11 Kansan
- CT-39A Sabreliner
- HH-21 Shawnee
- H-34 Choctaw
This area of the museum covers training equipment and aircraft that have been involved with Travis Air Force Base throughout the years. Museum artifacts include a F-100 simulator, T-37 simulator, BT-13 Valiant, and PT-19.
World War I
The inter war exhibit is a dedication to peace time flight in America between the World Wars. It covers the 1927 Grand Canyon flights, Billy Mitchell's Bombers, the "Spirit of St. Louis", and a display of an AT-17 Bobcat trainer.
World War II
This section of the museum houses exhibits on the Flying Tigers, the Doolittle Raid, Women Airforce Service Pilots, a Fat Man atomic bomb, and two aircraft displays, a L-4 Grasshopper and Waco CG-4 glider.
This museum exhibit is extensive, and covers the Berlin Airlift, early Strategic Air Command operations of the base, and miscellaneous information about the accomplishments of Travis airmen during that time.
Travis Air Force Base played a large role in the Korean War. The museum mirrors this with a display of a C-119 Flying Boxcar (outside), display of General Robert F. Travis's B-29 Superfortress crash artifacts, and information on how Travis Air Force Base became the "Gateway to the Pacific".
The museum highlights the fact that Travis Air Force Base was the home of some significant modern aircraft. There are displays on the C-141 Starlifter, C-5 Galaxy, strategic airlift, and aerial refueling.
The museum also houses many original pieces of art, various aircraft engines, both radial/reciprocating and turbine, an AGM-28 Hound Dog cruise missile, military uniforms, a military coin collection, and an extensive research library.
Future expansion plans
During 2000, the museum working group determined that a new Travis Air Force Base museum was not only necessary, but was also in the best interests of both the Air Force and the local community. A new site was identified: some 16 acres near the Travis Air Force Base hospital. The Campaign for the “Aviation Museum of the New Millennium” began and an artist’s conception of the new museum building was created.
Unfortunately, after the September 11, 2001 attacks, security changes on base and other considerations resulted in a search for another base site.
From 2004 to 2009, guidance and advice on the challenges of building a new museum were obtained from many sources, in particular the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington and the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
In the spring of 2010, Colonel James C. Vechery, Commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base officially confirmed that a parcel of property on Travis Air Force Base accessible to the general public would be the home of a new Air Force-owned and operated Air Museum.
In April 2011, the foundation had raised approximately $1 million of the required $34+ million. Many companies and persons have donated, including Jelly Belly Candy Company, which is headquartered in Fairfield, California, and an endorsement by actor Tom Hanks. In July 2011, a new design plan for the proposed expansion was released by the fundraising committee, Wings of Valor Capitol Campaign.
- "Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center History". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Indoor Exhibits - Basic Trainers". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Indoor Exhibits - The Early Years". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Indoor Exhibits - World War I". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Indoor Exhibits - Inter War Years". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Indoor Exhibits - World War II". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Indoor Exhibits - The Cold War". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Indoor Exhibits - The Korean War". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Indoor Exhibits - The Vietnam War". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Indoor Exhibits - Modern Flight". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Indoor Exhibits - Space Exploration". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Indoor Exhibits - Humanitarian Missions". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Indoor Exhibits - Collections". Travis Heritage Center. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- Thompson, Ian (April 18, 2011). "Doolittle Museum fundraising effort hits first $1 million". Daily Republic. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
- Thompson, Ian (July 26, 2011). "Doolittle Air and Space Museum supporters unveil new design". Daily Republic. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
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