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“Plane Lovin' It”

Estrella Warbird Air Museum
Ranked #9 of 170 things to do in Paso Robles
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Estrella Warbirds Museum is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircraft, vehicles and memorabilia of those who flew and worked in the military aviation field. Our approach, however, is not to glorify conflict but rather to make a future generation aware of the fact our way of life does not come without sacrifice. Founded over 25 years ago by two men with two airplanes and a strong desire to see an aviation museum in Paso Robles, California, little did they realize how far and how rapidly their initial dream would carry them. Today, located on over 13 acres of land, situated on the Paso Robles Municipal Airport grounds, the Estrella Warbirds Museum is one of the fastest growing non-profit museum on the west coast. The museum has become an intregral part of the Paso Robles community attracting visitors from around the world.
Reviewed February 17, 2014

If you have someone military in your family, this will bring back some great memories. Unlike most museums, these planes are loaded - many still have their tailhooks, armaments and even the fuel line for inflight refueling. Lots of planes from the different services, but also some interesting vehicles and a full line of missiles and weapons. Loads of history in one of the buildings - uniforms, stories and more. If you are rated, you can fly some of the historic planes. And if not, or simply want to try something crazy, you can sign up to fly a very complex simulator and even land on an aircraft carrier (or not. Not everyone can do it). Spend at least a few hours here. It's worth it and wonderful.

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Reviewed February 7, 2014

Good restorations of aircraft, mainly from WW2, plus a few nice cars and an excellent pick-up truck. The air strip operates, should your want to fly in.

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Reviewed December 21, 2013

This museum has a lot of interesting WW 1 and WW II items and a small car collection. Outside are aircraft and other types of military transportation placed around the buildings which are near the runway. There is an admission charge but in May on the day of the "Estrella War Birds and Wheels Car Show" the museum, planes and the cars entered in the show are all free to see. Also available is a ride in a vintage airplane for those who want to pay the price which is not cheap but I have been told that this is one of the best prices to ride in the older planes. We were there for the car show with our 1966 Mustang and it was a fun day. We were located next to the tarmac so got close up views of the pilot and his passenger where the planes were taking off and landing. The only bad thing was a record high temperature of over 100 degrees and with no real shade it was pretty miserable so I would advise you to check the weather before going if you have trouble with heat. Other than that there was something for everyone to enjoy from young to old.

Thank krk44
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

We stumbled on this place while looking around for wineries in the San Miguel area. It's definitely not the Smithsonian, but it does have a lot of interesting WW I and WW II artifacts. Old uniforms, maps, weaponry, personal photos of men standing in front of their airplanes. And of course, the airplanes (mostly a little more modern), tanks, personnel carriers, etc.

And then next door to it and even better is an small auto museum called Woodland Auto Museum. Even more fun. It's definitely checking it out and as others have said, it's a nice break from wineries.

One item that was interesting at the auto museum was a framed letter to Henry Ford complimenting him on his "dandy car", signed by Clyde Barrow and date stamped 1934.

Thank Indyblonde
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Excellent collection of WWII aircraft and military transportation in all states of repair. Really enjoyed the car collection as well, although heavily geared to racing. A good break from wineries!

Thank Jake J
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