With over 70 aircraft and 30,000 artifacts dealing with the history of flight, The March Field Air Museum near Riverside, CA has everything an airplane buff could ask for.
For anyone who has ever traveled through Riverside, March AFRB is a familiar landmark.
The land on which the museum sits, was graded by mule teams in February of 1918 on a former private air strip called Alessandro, forming a training field for newly minted pilots off to fight in World War I.
It took just 60 days to construct a base of 12 hangers for the JN-4D “Jenny” bi-planes with 6 barracks for 150 men each, officers quarters, machine shop, mess hall, post exchange, and a hospital.
The base also served its part in World War II, but March Air Field really came into prominence in the post-war era as a home to the jet age.
These dudes were very serious.
Happy bonkers skeleton face or jet engine? You decide.
Lighted Astronaut Glove (don’t ask)
B-29A Superfortress Three Feathers III.
Sac? Low Hangers
Choose One Only
Proud to be from the I.E.
In 1999 the Discovery Channel aired the Nature’s Recipe funded “War Dogs – America’s Forgotten Heroes” video. Soon after, Jeff Bennett, Nature’s Recipe founder, spearheaded a fundraising campaign raising over $1 million for the creation of two War Dog Memorials. A year later on a cold rainy February morning, before a crowd of 2000 people, the West Coast War Dog Memorial was dedicated at the March Field Air Museum. The monument was created by sculptor Tom Schomberg whose other works include the Rocky Monument which stands in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Veterans Memorial located at the Riverside National Cemetery. Since its original dedication in 2000, the March Field Air Museum has held a War Dog Memorial Ceremony in February to honor our military canine heroes and their handlers that served in battle. The second War Dog Memorial is located at Fort Benning, GA. “The War Dog Memorial, as I created it, is meant to illustrate the bond between humans and their canine friends. Second, and most importantly, it is to illustrate the sacrifice that these two figures have made under combat circumstances.” – Tom Schomberg, Sculptor.
March Field Air Museum is located along the 215 Freeway between Riverside and San Diego, near Perris, California. The entrance is separate from the operational air base at the Van Buren Blvd. exit from the freeway (not the main base exit). The museum is open from 9 am to 4 pm, Tuesday to Sunday and most holidays, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Easter, closed on Mondays. Admission is $10 for teens and adults (12 years and up), $5 for children 5 to 11, and under 5 free. Active Duty military personnel and Reservists in uniform are admitted free of charge.