History comes to life with military planes, tanks, car collections & more
For more than twenty years, Paso Robles’ Estrella Warbirds Museum has grown, constructing new buildings and acquiring new exhibits from military planes to a variety of tanks, munitions, and missiles. Estrella Warbirds Museum is a non-profit 501(c) 3 museum dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircraft and memorabilia while honoring those who flew and worked on them.
The approach of the museum staff of volunteers is not to glorify conflict, but rather to make future generations aware of the fact that the American way of life does not come without sacrifice.
Global artifacts & Woodland Auto Display
The museum houses artifacts from across the globe from each world conflict – jeeps, antique ambulances, modern missiles, and more. It also offers simulator rides enabling visitors to pilot one of 35 different planes including an FA/18, P51, C5 Galaxy and 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, the Woodland Auto Display, 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.
The museum houses an extensive research library collection of hard back books, paperback books, newspaper articles and pictures. Many of these items are one of kind collections unavailable in any other local library. The library is open Thursday thru Saturday.
More exhibits & future expansion at Estrella Warbirds Museum
The museum is currently undergoing three large building projects due to be completed in 2015 – a 6,000 square foot addition to the Woodland Auto Display; new construction of the 5,000 square foot Red Ball Express Motor Pool Building, the future home to a fleet of large WWII vehicles such as those General Patton used in his march across Europe; and an extension to Hangar One. The museum also hopes to acquire an additional 10 acres for future expansion.
Estrella Warbirds Museum, located at 4251 Dry Creek Road in Paso Robles, is open Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 – 12 (under 6 no charge); family maximum charge $20, active military are free. For more information and additional event schedules, visit www.ewarbirds.org.
– Carol Verstuyft