History of Pacific Coast Air Museum
The Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) had been an idea in the minds of several aircraft owners at Sonoma County Airport for many years. The first museum meeting was held at the base of the Air Traffic Control Tower at Sonoma County Airport on February 4, 1990. Approximately 21 people attended, representing 16 different aircraft that qualified as historic.
Our first Open House was on May 26, 1990. We have held an Open House and/or Air Show every year since, enabling the community to view our growing collection of aircraft and artifacts, to visit displays, and to see aerial demonstrations and become more aware of our rich aviation history.
Founded in 1989, the Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historic aircraft and provides an educational venue for students and the community.
|During our Open Houses and Air Shows our museum has hosted Top Gun instructors, Navy/Air Force/Marine pilots, crewmembers, and aircraft, and war bird veterans and aircraft. A NASA astronaut participated in our 2006 “Wings Over Wine Country” Air Show. The Air Shows have been so successful and well received that our annual August “Wings Over Wine Country” Air Show now draws over 20,000 visitors to our two-day Air Show each year. Our Air Show has become a world-class event featuring everything from military jet demo teams to skydiving, and hang-gliding to biplane aerobatics and top performers who attract large crowds of aviation enthusiasts.
Our first museum aircraft acquisition was a Douglas A-26 Invader restoration project. Next, the F-8C Crusader was retrieved from Larsen Park on 19th Avenue in San Francisco where it had been sitting derelict for many years. It is now proudly displayed, on its feet, in the original Navy paint scheme. In June 1994, a Navy A-6E Intruder flew in to join the collection; and just before the open house that August, we flew in our Ilyushin IL-14 Light Transport from Reno, Nevada, where it had been restored to flight status by our members. In January 1995, we added a Navy Top Gun School F-16N Viper from Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar. Since then, an F-4C Phantom II was trucked in from the Army Weapons Depot, Herlong, California.; an F-14A was flown in from NAS Point Mugu, California.; an A-4E Skyhawk was retrieved from Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona.; and a UH-1H Huey helicopter was retrieved from the California National Guard in Sacramento, California. In 1997 the museum acquired a rare RF-86F Sabre from China Lake Weapons Test Center, CA. The museum also acquired F-84F Thunderstreak and F-86H Sabre fighters.
In 1999, our museum acquired an HU-16E Albatross from a private donor and a F-105 Thunderchief from the Army Weapons Depot, Herlong, California. In 2004 we added an F-106, dedicated to Major General Jimmy Jumper and Colonel Joe Rogers. In 2005 we added an F-5E Tiger II and in 2006 we acquired and restored a rare AV-8C Harrier. Additional aircraft include T-33, T-37 and T-38 Air Force trainer aircraft. Our latest addition is a beautiful Pitts 2-C Special. A California Department of Forestry (CDF) S-2 aircraft for our collection is scheduled to arrive shortly and we are currently fully restoring a T-28C aircraft.
Our HU-16E Albatross, dedicated in October 1999, is used as a demonstration classroom for young enthusiasts. Museum docents conduct active educational tours for thousands of Sonoma County school children each year. Our Air Museum provides an educational outreach program to schools and is open for climb-aboards, field trips and special presentations. We also host birthday parties for children on our beautiful east patio, near our aircraft displays.
In addition to aircraft, the museum continues to acquire donations of aviation-related display material, reference books, display engines and assorted historical artifacts. Our display areas are housed in an original World War II era fabrication shop at the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport. Volunteers have refurbished this building over the years and the museum recently added an annex to house the growing number of aviation displays and to provide classroom, office and meeting space. The Pacific Coast Air Museum is very active in community events. Our organization participates in Santa Rosa’s annual Rose Parade, puts on a Santa Claus “fly in” each December, hosts veteran’s groups, reunions and provides community service opportunities for high schools. The museum is also involved in, and supports EAA, CDF, Reach, the Sheriff’s helicopter, several Chambers of Commerce, local tourism organizations, the Civil Air patrol, Boy Scouts and many other civic groups. In addition the museum provides speakers for civic groups.
The Pacific Coast Air Museum is planning a major fund raising drive to build a larger, more permanent Air Museum in a new location on the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport.
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