We went to the March Field Air Museum located in Riverside California, along the
I-215 freeway, you won't miss the rows & rows of planes! It is a fun
place to check out even if you are not an aviation nerd. Lots of exhibits
and history for a good price. And it's March now, so what better time to post this! We visited in Oct 2017.
22550 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518
It is open everyday except Mondays from 10am-5pm.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Free for children under 4 years old.
Our AirBnB lodging was just 15 mins from this place so we had to visit
it. I'm not a plane or military enthusiast but all of us were
pretty excited when we saw the planes from the carpark. There is hardly a chance for us to see these amounts of historical planes at such
close range and so vast a space.
First we were greeted by this magnificent SR-71 Blackbird! You won't be able to tear your eyes off it. That is a gorgeous sleek design if I ever saw one.
We had fun taking photos with this heavy Japanese turret gun. I've seen that battleship movie Yamato.
Commercial airline uniforms from the past also included.
There is a NASA & Russian space exhibit room. Here are some flight simulators for the kids.
Also a large exhibit on the different wars. There are window display rows on both sides.
After the indoor exhibit in the hangar, we headed outdoors where almost all of the planes were displayed. And there were many!
It was hot, dry, windy and very sunny, typical Californian summer in the desert. We all got a little crispy.
I recall there were Russian MiGs, US Fighter Jets, Bombers. I only know the B-17 bomber. Below is a B-17G Flying Fortress.
Hiding under the wing for some shade! I forgot my hat and sunglasses and of all colours, chose to wear black. You are not allowed to touch the planes.
Next to the March Air Base so we got to see planes land nearby.
There were also Vietnam-era helicopters.
It may take a few hours to explore the grounds if you want to read the boards in detail; a good idea to come earlier and allow some time to browse the gift shop. They stock nice pins, military patches and toys, of which I bought several pins.
That's it, there are way too many photos so I added a chosen few. I give this place a big thumbs up, just remember to bring water, a hat and slap on sunscreen! Oh and your cameras of course!