History comes to life with military planes, tanks, car collections & more
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 several different planes including a FA/18, P51, C5 Galaxy and Russian SU-35. There is an additional charge to fly the simulator. 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 Woodland Auto Display building now encompasses 16,000 sq ft of cars, collectibles, and art work. In addition to the autos listed they also have historic NASCAR’s and a Steve McQueen Indian motorcycle with a side car. Newest addition is a replica of the old Indy car garages complete with an old Indy car, tools, refrigerator, tube radio, and two original doors from Indy and an 1886 Benz.
The Red Ball Express Motor Pool Building is also open and operating. It includes WWII large vehicles like General Patton used to move his supplies across Europe. The motor pool ran 24 hours a day seven days a week to keep up with General Patton.
Estrella Warbirds Museum, located at 4251 Dry Creek Road in Paso Robles, is open Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Call for Monday holidays hours. For more information and additional event schedules, visit www.ewarbirds.org, or call (805) 238-9317.