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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

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Estrella Warbirds Museum & Woodland Auto Display

For more than 20 years, the Paso Robles’ Estrella Warbirds Museum has shown steady growth with the construction of new buildings and acquisition of new exhibits from a MIG-15 jet fighter to a variety of tanks, munitions, and missiles. As a non-profit 501 (c) 3 museum, Estrella Warbirds Museum is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircraft and memorabilia of those who flew and maintained them.

The museum houses artifacts from across the globe from each world conflict. It also offers simulator rides enabling visitors to pilot one of 35 different planes including an FA/18, P51, C5 Galaxy or Russian SU-35. Tours are available of the C47 that played a vital part during the WWII Normandy landings.

One of the major attractions of the museum is the Woodland Auto Display which houses an extensive collection of vehicles that showcase both automotive and racing history. The always-changing displays include Midgets, Sprint, Modified and Indy racecars along with Street Rod and Classic automobiles.

Please check the Estrella Warbirds Museum website at www.ewarbirds.org for event schedules, including future events such as Warbirds Over Paso taking place every October and the Warbirds, Wings & Wheels Car Show in May.

Estrella Warbirds Museum is located at 4251 Dry Creek Road in Paso Robles and is open Thurs.-Sun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Monday holidays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Group tours available with two weeks advance notice. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 – 12 (under 6 no charge) Family maximum charge $20 and active military are free.

— Carol Verstuyft

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