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“Great Collection of Historic Planes” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Castle Air Museum

Castle Air Museum
5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater, CA
209 723-2178
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Atwater
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Turlock, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great Collection of Historic Planes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

A wonderful collection of aviation history in the central valley of CA! The outdoor venue is spacious and there is an excellent variety of planes. No barriers - walk right up and see the details of the planes! The WW II vintage planes are a trip down memory lane! Very well maintained.

Visited February 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Castle AF Base”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

Many planes be prepared to walk a lot. Great display of many different types of planes.

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Clovis, California
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4 attraction reviews
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“Rare Treat in an area where there are so few museums!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Living in the Central Valley you don't expect much in the way of museums, but this one was very interesting and well-presented. It certainly is not the Smithsonian nor the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, so if those are your "measuring stick" you might be disappointed. I've been to both but knew the Castle Air Museum did not have the same kind of budget the Smithsonian and Pima have, and I was not disappointed in the least. Just the opposite was true. I was pleasantly surprised. Cheers to the volunteers who are running the museum and maintaining the planes and exhibits! The grounds and number of planes are much more than it appears when you drive up. The planes are in good condition and those that are looking worn are being painted and cared for. You are given a map when you enter that has historical information on each aircraft. The gift shop has many interesting items and the facilities were clean. The gift shop has a "diner" area where you can relax but they do not serve food. There is a nice large deck where you can have a picnic. If you are not from this area beware of the Central Valley summers: very arid with temperatures in the nineties and hundred plus.

Visited February 2012
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Madera, California
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“Super Collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

One of the most complete exhibits of aircraft over many decades and in very good reair and conditon

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Merced, California
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“Merced's Jewel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Military vets and air power enthusiasts will love this place. Several generations of military aircraft are stored and on display for your enjoyment. Think the History Channel or Military Channel can teach you about tactics and the history of these planes? No way, you get to see the real things up close and learn from experts.

Every May and October is an open cockpit day where you get to spend the day touring the inside of the planes and pretend you are flying with Colonel Doolittle dropping bombs on mainland Japan in a B-25 Mitchell to avenge the Emperor’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Or you can sit in an F-14 Tomcat and pretend you are Tom Cruise, just don't launch Goose into the canopy.

Visited March 2012
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