Destination California: Castle Air Museum


ATWATER, Calif. (KSEE) – Take a flight to Castle Air Museum in Atwater for an experience that will take you through 80 years of aviation heritage.

Over 70 restored vintage military aircraft from pre-World War II to present-day fighters are on display.

“People can get the whole breath of what things were about and why we had to go defend freedom,” said Joe Pruzzo, Castle Air Museum CEO.

As you walk through the 23 acres of land, you’ll find a giant B-52 parked right in the middle.

Not too far away, you’ll see an F-14 Tomcat and an F-16 Fighting Falcon.

There’s also an F-100C that belongs to NASA.

They say astronaut Neil Armstrong flew the aircraft out of Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert.

One of the highlights at the Castle Air Museum is an Air Force One Acquisition. It served former President Jimmy Carter all the way through former President George W. Bush.

The presidential aircraft also carried each first lady from Rosalynn Carter to Laura Bush.

It also served as Air Force Two for Vice Presidents Walter Mondale through Dick Cheney.

While the controls of the Air Force One are hands-off, children and the young-at-heart can imagine they are in control of a Cessna C-150.

“It’s also here to inspire those who want to reach for the stars and become employed in the aviation industry or beyond,” said Pruzzo.

After exploring aircraft outdoors, visit the indoor museum.

You’ll see a collection of artifacts dating back to World War I that include uniforms, medals, and photos.

Don’t forget to check out the simulator that gives you an idea of what it was like to fly a B-52 Bomber during combat.

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