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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

October 17, 2012
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

"Fasten your designer uniform buttons while author Shelby Valentine takes you on an exciting true-life, Pan Am flight into the world of Iranian caviar and Dom Perignon Champagne." She and co-author Ramona Fillman join us Wednesday evening October 17th to talk about their book, Pan Am Unbuckled, which chronicles Shelby’s flying experiences from 1969 through the last days Pan Am flew, in 1991.
Shelby Valentine
Pan Am Unbuckled
Unbuckled relates the author’s adventures as a stewardess/flight attendant, detailing how the airline gave her global access - from her first assignment, aboard the Boeing 707, for an round-the-world flight, to hosting planes full of military servicemen taking them out of Vietnam on R&R or back home after their tour of duty ended in Southeast Asia. When speaking about Pan Am, Shelby philosophizes, "We are like Shakers. When we are gone, it’s all over. There will never again be another group of Pan Am flight Attendants." There will be autographed book sales at the meeting and the authors have graciously agreed to donate a significant portion of the sales to the Pacific Coast Air Museum.

Author's BIOs

Ms. Valentine resides in Calistoga and is a Pique Assiette Mosaic Artist. She spent 25 years in Palo Alto, moving to Calistoga in 2008 with her husband Doug Molitor. Her mother took her and her sister to the Middle East in the early 1960s, where they rode camels into the desert to view the pyramids. She went to school in Switzerland. She worked as a flight attendant for Pan American beginning in 1969, and they sent her to the University of Moscow for language studies, hiring her because she spoke Russian.

She has raised three children, now in their 20s and 30s. She was active in the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, and now serves as the Calistoga Commissioner to the Napa City-County Library – but she also sits on the Mosquito Abatement Board. She also spent years as the Governor’s Appointee to the Area Board 7 on Developmental Disabilities, partially because her eldest son’s developmental disabilities.

Ms. Fillman grew up in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon. She has degrees in Physical Therapy and Hospital Administration from Loma Linda University. She raised her daughter, Tiana, with her husband, Orvin, in Hawaii-- where she was involved in pediatric orthopedic research with Shiners Hospitals for Children. Her writing interests include screenplays and she is a certified producer at ’Olelo Community Television in Hawaii. She recently moved to Calistoga in Napa Valley.

Shelby Valentine
Shelby Valentine

Shelby Valentine
Shelby Valentine


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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.

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November 21 Don Fraser, Captain, USMC, F-8 pilot and Author of Security Blankets, How Peanuts Touched Our Lives. Don will be sharing his experiences flying the Crusader- the Marine Corps and Navy’s preeminent fighter in the late ‘50s and ‘60s. This is the same model that was once known as the Plane in the Park in San Francisco and now here at the Pacific Coast Air Museum.
December 19 No speaker. Enjoy the Membership Christmas gathering.

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