June 10, 2009

Sacramento: Aerospace Museum of California; things to do

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Aerospace Museum of California  3200 Freedom Park Dr./Watt Ave., off I-80, in McClellan Park, in McClellan, (916) 643-3192. M-Sat 9-5, Sun 10-5. $8, 65+ & 13-17 $6, 6-12 $5.

Opened here in 2007 on the former McClellan Air Force Base, this gigantic structure seems a cross between an airport terminal and an airplane hangar. It houses 5 retired military and civilian aircraft inside, and over 30 more outside. Aircraft range from a 1932 one-of-a-kind B-14-B speed wing biplane to a C-53 Sky Trooper that participated in the Normandy invasion. A Morphis ride simulator is available for an extra fee, and the museum participates in the free Young Eagles flight program for kids age 8-17. On open cockpit evenings, visitors can climb inside the planes for a fantastic photo op; admission for everyone then is $5.

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image ©2009 Carole Terwilliger Meyers; depicted: Rick Hertig, a Lufthansa pilot, and Ted Lechner, Jr., who used to work on F-111 planes like this at McClellan AFB; they now "meet up and fly ercoupes 415-c."

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