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Founded in 1989, the
Pacific Coast Air Museum
is a non-profit organization whose mission is to To Educate and Inspire both young and old about our aviation heritage and space technology, to Preserve historic aircraft and artifacts, and to Honor veterans.

"One seldom finds such a collection of user-friendly aircraft amidst congenial hosts and lovely wine-country weather. Learn about the vast array of educational programs, scout activities and the opportunities for birthday parties and other gatherings. Bring your family - bring the kids from school - bring the scout troop.´ll find it hard to leave."
Tom Reed
Secretary of the Air Force

Member Meeting:

November 17
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Jack Ballenger - WWII B-25

Jack Ballenger, our guest speaker at the November 17th meeting of the Pacific Coast Air Museum, will share many memorable experiences he recalls from B-25 training and over the Poe Valley in Northern Italy: to include his flying the last combat mission of WWII over Italy on April 25, 1945.

Born in Texas on New Year's Day, 1923, Jack was taken as a six-month- old infant to the Los Angeles area.

Jack Ballenger
After sundry wartime related teenage jobs, when he was but twenty years old, at the encouragement of an uncle, Colonel Nissley (USAF), stationed at Luke AFB, Phoenix, he signed up for the Army Air Corps, where after training deployment at no less than six Western stateside Air Bases, he earned his Officer's Flight Wings in June, 1944.

His desire was to fly pursuit planes, but he was assigned to the B- 25.
Jack Ballenger with Crew
Jack Ballenger Mission 4-25-45
Following the War's closure, through the GI Bill, he attained his teaching credential at USC, where he met, and in 1947, married a fellow aspirant, Mary, ultimately engaging "non-stop" grammar school teaching in the Los Angeles Area, in Campbell near San Jose, at the Bennett Valley School in Santa Rosa, and at the Sebastopol Elementary School in the '60s; finally retiring in 1978.

Since then, he has "kept more than busy," steadfastly engaging many altruistic commitments, to include being one of the very first docents at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens in 1982, along with similar dedication -- also "non-stop" -- as a docent at the Jack London State Park over the past about fifteen years.

Jack and Mary have three professional-career children, along with five grandchildren who are well on their way to "fame and fortune." This past Spring Jack pleasurably attended a several day reunion of "B- 25ers" at the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco, which was enjoyed by several hundred attendees from "all over . . . ."

New Location:

Mesa Beverage Company, Inc.
3200 N. Laughlin Road. Santa Rosa, CA

Directions: From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 North and exit at Airport Blvd. Turn left on Laughlin Road toward the museum. The Mesa building is located on the left side of the street just past the museum and Nob Hill south gate.

Missed one?

January The B-24 Liberator in the China-Burma Theater - Al Pisenti
February TYak 3U “Steadfast” & P-51 Mustang "Voodoo"
Reno Air Race Unlimited Pilot - Will Whiteside
B-24 Liberators at Guadalcanal - Art Cader
April Flying the Edge of America - - David Millett, Julia Buss
May Linebacker Two Operations over N. Vietnam
June Plane Jane
July REACH Air Medical Services
August Wings Over Wine Country Air Show
September Saturn V - The First 700 Seconds
October WWII Triple Ace Colonel (Ret.) Bud Anderson talks about flying the P-51 Mustang in WWII

Don't miss the next one!

December 15

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