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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. ...you´ll find it hard to leave."
Tom Reed
Secretary of the Air Force
1976-77

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Pacific Coast Air Museum to Host 9/11 Remembrance and Open New F-15 Eagle First Responder Exhibit

Press Release Santa Rosa, Calif., August 26, 2011

The PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM (PCAM) was proud to host a ceremony on 9/11/2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to honor the brave men and women who responded on that terrible day, to honor the memory those who perished and to display the untold story of heroism in the air by U.S. Air Force pilots and on the ground by Air Force and FAA controllers on that day. This free event was open to the public and was held at 2:00pm on Sunday September 11, 2011 at the Pacific Coast Air Museum at the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California.

Back on the morning of September 11, 2001, Lt. Col. Tim “Duff” Duffy of the 101st fighter squadron, 102nd Fighter Wing based at the Otis Air National Guard Base (ANGB) Massachusetts near Cape Cod, MA and his wingman, Major Daniel “Nasty” Nash, were on active alert. That morning “Duff” received orders from NORAD to respond to a report of a commercial airliner hijacking. As the leader of the flight of two F-15A Eagle fighter jets “Duff” and his aircraft were the first American airborne fighter response on that day.

The aircraft flown by Lt. Col Duffy on September 11, 2001 was F-15A Eagle 77-0102. “102” flew combat air patrol missions that day to clear the New York City airspace of almost 100 aircraft. “102” and the 102nd Fighter Wing continued to protect the skies over the eastern United States for several months. By February 2002 the wing flew 2,388 combat patrols.

The historic “First Responder” aircraft “102” was retired to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ on July 31, 2006 after nearly thirty years of service. “102” was the wing commander’s aircraft and was the lead aircraft that responded from the alert shelters at Otis ANGB that day.

In the spring of 2009 the National Museum of the United States Air Force awarded the Pacific Coast Air Museum the honor to take possession of “102” and put it on display. The aircraft was partially disassembled and transported from AMARC in Tucson the museum December 2010. Since then the aircraft has been reassembled, an exhibit has been designed and the first phase of the F-15 “First Responder” Exhibit will be unveiled on 9/11/2001.

Our goal was to build a world class exhibit to honor those involved in 9/11 and to provide a venue for the public to see it and learn more about the events of that day. To that end the museum began an intensive fundraising campaign to raise $250,000 for the exhibit. We evaluated several design concepts for the exhibit and selected a winning design firm, which now stands as the centerpiece exhibit at the museum. The concrete foundation for the exhibit was poured in early August 2011 and the aircraft was hoisted into place soon thereafter. Finishing touches on phase one of the exhibit were in place for the ceremony and dedication of the "First Responder". It was a moving ceremony attended by hundreds of people. CHP Captain Greg Tracy and former Secretary of the Air Force Tom Reed led the commemoration and dedication segments and the event included presentations by museum leadership and local dignitaries.

ABOUT PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM

Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM)) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historic aircraft, and to providing an educational venue for students and the community. We also honor those heroic aviators who have contributed so much to the growth and defense of our way of life.

Located in Santa Rosa, Calif., PCAM operates both an indoor museum with exhibits featuring famous military and civilian pilots and aviation innovators, as well as historical photos and artifacts; and an outside museum featuring more than two dozen excellent examples of both contemporary and antique aircraft.

For more information contact the Pacific Coast Air Museum at (707) 575-7900. Website: www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org.



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    Wings Over Wine Country 2011 Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11th, 2001 and the Centennial of Naval Aviation
  • Press Release Santa Rosa, Calif., March 30, 2011

    The PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM (PCAM) is proud to host the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show on August 20-21, 2011 at the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa California.

    A tremendous lineup of flying includes military jet demonstrations, world class civilian aerobatics and a host of Warbirds. A large number of static displays will include the museum’s collection of over 30 restored aircraft (most of which will be open for climb aboards), civilian and military statics and morning access to the warbirds that will fly later in the show. In addition, this year’s air show program will commemorate two historic events, the tenth anniversary of September 11th, 2001 and the Centennial of Naval Aviation.

    Each day the air show will open with a ceremony honoring the bravery and sacrifice of the first responders and those who perished. The local police and fire departments will have a significant presence in both equipment and personnel in a show of local pride. Opening ceremonies will include local dignitaries and Pacific Coast Air Museum leadership in a brief program that will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In December 2010 the Pacific Coast Air Museum took possession of the first aircraft to respond on September 11, 2001, an F-15A Eagle. Check the museum website for updates on its restoration.

    Flying and static exhibits will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation. In January 1911, Eugene B. Ely completed the world’s first landing on a ship, the USS Pennsylvania in the San Francisco Bay. An hour later he took off from the ship marking the first combined landing and takeoff from a ship board runway. To honor that milestone we plan to have a variety of WWII Navy Warbirds fly in the air show and have the museum’s collection of Navy fighter jets displayed together. Finally, a T-33 Shooting Star, flown by Greg Colyer and painted in Blue Angels colors, will fly an aerobatic routine during the show.

    Military participation in the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show includes the F/A-18 Super Hornet demonstration, the C-17 Globemaster III demonstration, U-2 Dragon Lady overflights, T-38 Talon flybys and F-15 Eagle overflights by the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon National Guard. (above subject to military scheduling)

    Our outstanding civilian air show line up includes:

    - Eddie Andreini in his Super Stearman
    - Tim Decker in his beautiful red and white Pitts Special
    - Canadian favorite Team Rocket in two Harmon Rockets
    - Dan Buchanan is his towed hang glider
    - Aerobatic Competition winner Melissa Pemberton in her Edge 540
    - Greg Colyer in his Blue Angels T-33 Shooting Star
    - Many P-51 Mustangs and other Warbirds
    - Award winning air show announcer, “SkyTalker” Danny Clisham
    - Many fabulous static display aircraft
    - A great classic Car Show
    - Lots of activities for families and children, including a huge “Kid’s World” with lots of kid favorite inflatables
    - And much much more

    Enhance your air show experience by watching the show from the President’s Club (an exclusive, catered tent along the flightline) or attending the Friday night Performer Reception (where you can meet the air show performers and see their aircraft up close). Purchase air show, President’s Club and Performer Reception Tickets online at our website.

    Gates open both days at 9:00 a.m. for pre-show activities, including radio controlled model aircraft demonstrations. The main Air Show events kick off at 11:00 a.m. Discount advance tickets can be purchased at the Museum and Sonoma County Round Table Pizza locations. Tickets may be purchased at www.WingsOverWineCountry.org. Convenience charges may apply.

    ABOUT PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM

    Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM)) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historic aircraft, and to providing an educational venue for students and the community. We also honor those heroic aviators who have contributed so much to the growth and defense of our way of life.

    Located in Santa Rosa, Calif., PCAM operates both an indoor museum with exhibits featuring famous military and civilian pilots and aviation innovators, as well as historical photos and artifacts; and an outside museum featuring more than two dozen excellent examples of both contemporary and antique aircraft.

    For more information contact the Pacific Coast Air Museum at (707) 575-7900. Website: www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org.



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  • US Air Force “First Responder” Fighter Aircraft from 9/11 Awarded to Santa Rosa, CA Museum
  • Press Release Santa Rosa, Calif., December 10, 2010

    Historic F-15 Eagle Aircraft First on the Scene in NYC will be on Permanent Display

    In an unprecedented opportunity the PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM has been awarded the honor of providing the home for a historic national treasure – the very first aircraft to respond on the scene to the World Trade Center twin towers attack in New York City on September 11, 2001. Currently en-route, the F-15 “First Responder” will ultimately be fully restored and the centerpiece of an interactive, educational exhibit. A press conference with Thomas C. Reed, previous Secretary of the US Air Force, General George “Jim” Eade, USAF (Ret.), Ernesto Olivares, Mayor of Santa Rosa and other VIPs is set for the dramatic arrival Tuesday, December 14th at 10:00a.m. at the museum at The Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport, One Museum Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95043.

    The aircraft has been officially awarded to the museum by the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Now, an aggressive fund-raising effort to build a befitting exhibit is under way, working toward raising $250,000.00. The exhibit will honor those who perished and those who responded in a valiant effort to save lives, as well as educate visitors and tell the untold story of heroism in the skies and on the ground that day. The Pacific Coast Air Museum is proud to be the West Coast destination for the public to learn about what many call our generation’s Pearl Harbor, affecting all of our personal freedoms forever and shaping how we behave as a nation.

    The F-15 Eagle “First Responder” Story

    On September 11th 2001, two U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles from the 101st Fighter Squadron, 102nd Fighter Wing, Otis Air National Guard Base (ANGB) Massachusetts were scrambled by NORAD in response to commercial airliners being hijacked and used as weapons to attack the World Trade Center in New York City. This armed patrol was this nation's first airborne response to the terrorist attacks of that day arriving over Manhattan only moments after the World Trade Center was struck. The sight of these F-15s over New York City was the show of strength New Yorkers on the ground needed to see in their darkest hour. Accounts of that moment convey the relief and sense of security citizens felt when they looked up to see and hear fighters circling the air space – there to protect us.

    Visit our website at www.WingsOverWineCountry.org for more information.

    ABOUT PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM

    Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historic aircraft, and to providing an educational venue for students and the community. We also honor those heroic aviators who have contributed so much to the growth and defense of our way of life.

    Located in Santa Rosa, Calif., PCAM operates both an indoor museum with exhibits featuring famous military and civilian pilots and aviation innovators, as well as historical photos and artifacts; and an outside museum featuring more than two dozen excellent examples of both contemporary and antique aircraft.

    For more information about PCAM and the 9/11 First Responder F-15 Fighter please call (707) 575-7900 or visit www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org. The museum needs your support to raise funds for the exhibit - click to donate and be part of this important piece of our history!

    Attention: Photo opportunities, interviews with VIPs and tours of the facility will be available for members of the media.

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  • Attendance Soars at Santa Rosa Air Show
  • Press Release Santa Rosa, Calif., August 30, 2010

    The PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM (PCAM) is excited to announce that the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show 2010 experienced record attendance of approximately 24,000 for the two day event. In spite of the soft economy attendance this year was up 32% over 2009. The reasons for this surge in attendance include outstanding military, civilian and warbird line ups; enhanced advertising and PR campaigns and excellent air show weather.

    The air show line up included military flight demonstrations from the U.S. Air Force’s F-15E Strike Eagle, U.S. Navy’s FA-/18 Super Hornet and the Air Force Reserve C-17 “Globemaster III”. The civilian aerobatic lineup included Bill Cornick, Spencer Suderman, Kent Pietsch, Doug Jardin, Vicky Benzing, Brian Sanders and Greg Colyer. Warbirds included eight P-51 Mustangs, three P-40 Warhawks, three T-28s, four T-6s and a Hawker Sea Fury. Many additional aircraft were on static display.

    The Wings Over Wine Country Air Show is held the third Saturday each August at the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, CA. The 2011 air show will be held on August 20-21, 2011.

    Visit our website at www.WingsOverWineCountry.org for more information.

    ABOUT PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM

    Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historic aircraft, and to providing an educational venue for students and the community. We also honor those heroic aviators who have contributed so much to the growth and defense of our way of life.

    Located in Santa Rosa, Calif., PCAM operates both an indoor museum with exhibits featuring famous military and civilian pilots and aviation innovators, as well as historical photos and artifacts; and an outside museum featuring more than two dozen excellent examples of both contemporary and antique aircraft.

    For more information contact the Pacific Coast Air Museum at (707) 575-7900.
    Website: www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org.

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  • Enhanced Kids World Lands at Wings Over Wine Country
  • Press Release Santa Rosa, Calif., July 26, 2010

    The PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM (PCAM) is excited to offer a significantly enhanced Kids World experience during Wings Over Wine Country 2010. Our continued efforts to make the air show family friendly have culminated in an expanded area for kids and families. Kids World will be located just inside the main gate in an area all its own. The area will include a variety of rides and activities including inflatable slides and themed structures, rock climbing wall and a train ride all available at reasonable prices. Enjoy these activities and an array of food and beverages from our vendors while the finest air show in the North Bay is taking place in full view.

    The air show line up includes astounding military flight demonstrations from the U.S. Air Force's F-15E Strike Eagle, U.S. Navy's FA-/18 Super Hornet and the Air Force Reserve C-17 “Globemaster III”. Beale AFB will also provide a U-2 “Dragon Lady” overflight on Saturday and T-38 “Talon” flybys on Sunday.

    Our outstanding civilian air show line up includes: - Aerobatic Racing Challenge featuring Bill Cornick and Spencer Suderman
    - Bill Cornick and Spencer Suderman each performing solo aerobatics in their Pitts Special aircraft
    - Kent Pietsch and his hilarious airborne comedy act
    - Vicky Benzing performing world class aerobatics in her Extra 300S
    - Doug Jardine high intensity in his radial engine Sukhoi
    - Greg Colyer in his fabulous “Ace Maker” T-33 Shooting Star
    - Five P-40 “Warhawks” and many more WWII Warbirds
    - Famed Air Show Announcer Danny Clisham
    - Many fabulous static display aircraft
    - A great classic Car Show
    - Lots of activities for families and children
    - And much much more

    Enhance your air show experience by watching the show from the President's Club (an exclusive, catered tent along the flightline) and attending the Friday night Performer and P-40 Reception (where you can meet the air show performers and see the P-40s up close). Purchase Air Show, President’s Club and Performer & P-40 Reception Tickets online at our website, www.WingsOverWineCountry.org

    Gates open both days at 9:00 a.m. for pre-show activities, including radio controlled model aircraft demonstrations. The main Air Show events kick off at 11:00 a.m. Discount advance tickets can be purchased at the Museum and Sonoma County Round Table Pizza locations. Tickets may be purchased at www.WingsOverWineCountry.org. Convenience charges may apply. Visit our website at www.WingsOverWineCountry.org for more information. ABOUT PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historic aircraft, and to providing an educational venue for students and the community. We also honor those heroic aviators who have contributed so much to the growth and defense of our way of life.

    Located in Santa Rosa, Calif., PCAM operates both an indoor museum with exhibits featuring famous military and civilian pilots and aviation innovators, as well as historical photos and artifacts; and an outside museum featuring more than two dozen excellent examples of both contemporary and antique aircraft.

    For more information contact the Pacific Coast Air Museum at (707) 575-7900.
    Website: www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org.

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  • Air Force & Navy Fighters Headline Wings Over Wine Country Air Show
  • Press Release Santa Rosa, Calif., June 7, 2010

    The PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM (PCAM) proudly welcomes the U.S. Air Force F-15E and Navy F/A-18 fighter demonstration teams to an already exciting air show schedule. The F-15E “Strike Eagle” Demonstration Team from Seymour Johnson AFB will put the Strike Eagle through its paces to show the crowd just how it became the most dominant air superiority and strike aircraft in the world. The F/A- 18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team from Lemoore NAS will match the Strike Eagle in intensity, speed and noise while they show the fans why the Super Hornet is the world’s finest naval combat aircraft.

    Additional military participation in the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show includes the C-17 “Globemaster III” demonstration, U-2 “Dragon Lady” overflights and T-38 “Talon” flybys. Our outstanding civilian air show line up includes:

    - Aerobatic Racing Challenge featuring Bill Cornick and Spencer Suderman
    - Bill Cornick and Spencer Suderman each performing solo aerobatics in their Pitts Special aircraft
    - Kent Pietsch and his hilarious airborne comedy act
    - Vicky Benzing performing world class aerobatics in her Extra 300S
    - Doug Jardine high intensity in his radial engine Sukhoi
    - Greg Colyer in his fabulous “Ace Maker” T-33 Shooting Star
    - Five P-40 “Warhawks” and many more WWII Warbirds
    - Famed Air Show Announcer Danny Clisham
    - Many fabulous static display aircraft
    - A great classic Car Show
    - Lots of activities for families and children
    - And much much more

    Enhance your air show experience by watching the show from the President's Club (an exclusive, catered tent along the flightline) and attending the Friday night Performer & P-40 Reception (where you can meet the air show performers and see the P-40s up close). Purchase Air Show, President’s Club and Performer & P-40 Reception Tickets online at our website, www.WingsOverWineCountry.org

    Gates open both days at 9:00 a.m. for pre-show activities, including radio controlled model aircraft demonstrations. The main Air Show events kick off at 11:00 a.m. Discount advance tickets can be purchased at the Museum and Sonoma County Round Table Pizza locations. Tickets may be purchased at www.WingsOverWineCountry.org. Convenience charges may apply.

    Visit our website at www.WingsOverWineCountry.org for more information.

    ABOUT PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historic aircraft, and to providing an educational venue for students and the community. We also honor those heroic aviators who have contributed so much to the growth and defense of our way of life.

    Located in Santa Rosa, Calif., PCAM operates both an indoor museum with exhibits featuring famous military and civilian pilots and aviation innovators, as well as historical photos and artifacts; and an outside museum featuring more than two dozen excellent examples of both contemporary and antique aircraft.

    For more information contact the Pacific Coast Air Museum at (707) 575-7900.
    Website: www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org.

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  • Air Museum Unveils Dynamic New Website
  • Press Release Santa Rosa, Calif., May 3, 2010

    The PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM (PCAM) proudly unveils its next generation website at www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org. The scope and breadth of the museum and its member activities have grown dramatically over the past several years to include beautiful static aircraft restorations, additional museum exhibits, a wide array of education programs, scouting and youth activities, a world class air show, and more. The new site has been completely redesigned to provide visitors with a more visual, dynamic and appealing experience. The effort was led by a committee appointed by Executive Director Dave Pinsky. “Just as our museum has expanded and grown, our new site features a totally new, modern and attractive look. It has information about the museum and our annual “Wings Over Wine Country” Air Show, as well as expanded information about our many educational opportunities. The new website lets visitors easily navigate to the museum’s Facebook and Twitter websites. It also features easy to find events information and an online Calendar of Events,” said Pinsky.

    Visitors to the website will notice a bold new look with easy navigation, fresh content and a variety of pictures from our activities, the museum and the air show. Tabs and drop down selections make it very easy to navigate to the content you are looking for in very few mouse clicks. You can also sign up to follow the museum via Facebook and Twitter.

    Web design and development services were provided locally by Sonoma CONNECTION and the website is hosted locally by Net10 Internet Services.

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