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Aerospace Museum of California - McClellan, CA

The Aerospace Museum of California is located on the former McClellan AFB which now operates as McClellan Buisness Park and McClellan Airport. McClellan Jet Services operates a full-service FBO and will provide transportation to the Museum on request. It is less than a 1 mile walk to the Museum. There are also overnight accomodations at the Lions Gate Hotel at the fully restored former McClellan Officers Club. The Museum boasts a collection of aircraft starting with a Curtiss-Wright B-14-B “Speedwing” bi-plane built in 1932. It is one-of-a-kind and has been beautifully restored. There are over 40 aircraft and a full collection of aircraft engines from the World War I Gnome Rotary to an Allison V3420 and the SR-71 J-58. Many aircraft are open, while others hang from the ceiling of the 30,000 SF pavilion. Aircraft include all “Century” series USAF aircraft, a MIG–17PF and MIG–21F, FB-11A and an F-14D, plus a Pitts S-1 acrobatic racer and an AQM – 187 drone. Norden Bomb Sight - On display is one of the original Norden bomb sights, which were used by American bombardiers for precision day bombing during World War II. These bomb sights were really small computers that were maintained and repaired in the shops at the Sacramento Air Depot later Sacramento Air Logistics Center at McClellan AFB. Come visit The Viper Zone, our flight simulation center and feel the rush behind the controls of two F-16 CPTs and Dreamflyer motion simulator, as well as the Morphis motion-ride simulator. The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. There is a fully stocked Gift Shop. - Submitted by James Hopp

Air Combat USA - Fullerton, CA

Imagine yourself scanning the skies in a real military aircraft in search of an enemy airplane. You spot the bogey at 3 o'clock, break turn hard and the fight's on. Up, down, and around. Pulling G's, making quick decisions until you out maneuver your opponent, put the gunsight pipper on them, squeeze the trigger and guns, guns, guns! The enemy erupts in smoke and you roll up and away, Victorious! Air Combat USA is the original civilian dogfighting school, where you can experience real air to air combat. Reservations required. Call Air Combat USA. - Submitted by Denise Jennings

Airport Cafe at Kern Valley Airport - Kernville, CA

L05 is a great place to practice mountain flying. Good food and a short trip to the Kern river for rafting. There is also camping on the field. - Submitted by Dave

Airway Cafe - Porterville, CA

Really great experience for any traveler. Good service and food every time. Lot's of flying memorabilia on the walls and ceiling. - Submitted by DLynne

Annia's Kitchen - El Monte, CA

Annia's Kitchen is great! It's an nice airport restaurant with good service. The also have many townspeople who seem to like it too. Also on sundays, the El Monte Airport has a Vintage/Classic Aircraft Display day on the 4th Sunday of every Month. - Submitted by Michael

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Borrego Springs, CA

San Diego County's Desert Resort Community in the Heart of the Anza Borrego Desert. Official Chamber of Commerce Website with airport information. - Submitted by newslinknet

Auburn Airport-Wings Restaurant - Auburn, CA

Wings restaurant on the airfield is a great place to go for breakfast or lunch! Outside dinning on a covered patio is a perfect place to watch the planes come and go. The food is really good! Sometimes there is a wait, but you can have a coffee and read the paper at the picnic tables while you wait! Yummm! - Submitted by Gary Lyon

Aviation Museum of Santa Paula - Santa Paula, CA

Every First Sunday of the month, please come out to visit our Museum! Local aviation history comes alive on First Sundays. Our Chain of Hangars are open to explore from 10am until 3pm. - Submitted by Wendy

Bald Eagle Aviation, Inc. - Columbia, CA

Fly-in to Columbia Airport and camp on the airport, stroll to the historic Gold Rush town of Columbia, take a scenic flight over Yosemite, fish and water-ski in nearby New Melones Lake, or take a white-water rafting trip. Fly-in and join us for our annual Father's Day weekend Fly-in!! - Submitted by kdowney

Beach House San Clemente - Los Gatos, CA

There is a beach home in San Clemente and the owners have a courtesy car for you parked at KOKB 24/7 owners are pilots too!. You can park your plane, jump in the complimentary car and head to San Clemente. San Clemente is about a 20 minute drive. The house is walking distance to San Clemente pier, the beach and downtown San Clemente. Some of the best 4th of July parties happen in San Clemente. Surfboards, beach chairs, fishing poles for use on the pier, umbrellas and bikes are there for your use. Also have a Traeger for smoking BBQ meats if you want. House sleeps up to 8. Disneyland is about a 40 minute drive - Submitted by Barry Krupp
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