A visit to the castle air museum
After being holed up since mid March and only leaving the house to go to work or go shopping , Father’s Day ( USA June 21 ) Presented an opportunity to get out and do something personal for the one day that I can set the agenda.
It was to be close to 40 degrees Celsius that day but we went for it to visit the Castle air museum in Atwater California.
Castle Air force base was created in 1941 to train pilots on how to fly and learn bombing practices which it did untill 1995 when the base realignment act closed it for good.
The museum is adjacent to it and has an outstanding collection of mostly US planes.
Bombers, transports, tankers , fighters , trainers are all well represented.
The collection is housed outdoors which is a bit sad as the planes take a serious beating under the harsh California weather.
It’s an all private and volunteer effort. The museum has received many aircraft for preservation or on loan.
There are plans to raise money to create covered spaces. That in itself looks daunting in a way to house the entire collection but here are a few photos of some of what I think are rare aircraft that should probably receive priority to this important preservation effort.
That said I have not modeled in over 5 weeks as I am lucky enough to be having work while a lot of persons do not. As an ex-military person I take the guidelines for personal and societal safety Seriously. So far.. knock on wood.
Enjoy and stay safe with the courage to do so.
Feel free to ask for detail pictures for your modelling endeavours. September 12 2020 is open cockpit day. I will be there !
16 additional images. Click to enlarge.