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Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center, Fairfield

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The Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center, founded as the Travis Air Museum and later known as the Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum, is an aviation museum located at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. The museum houses 35+ aircraft displays and various other informative artifacts.
All visitors over age 18 must present a photo ID and be subject to a criminal background check in order to visit.
In 1982, at the request of Col Tony Burshnick, Commander, 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis Air Force Base and a group of aviation enthusiasts, most of whom are retired Air Force members, established the Travis Air Force Base Historical Society, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, for the purpose of creating an air museum on base. The following year, the Travis Air Museum was established with the approval of the Secretary of the Air Force and Public Affairs, albeit with no facility. The mission of the Museum was to help preserve the heritage of the Air Force, the history of Travis Air Force Base and airlift in the Pacific. The Society then began a vigorous campaign to obtain aircraft and other artifacts for the museum. When the old commissary on base was vacated in 1986, Col John Tait, Commander, 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis Air Force Base, made it available to house the accumulated artifacts. Within a year, Travis Air Force Base museum officially became the Travis Air Museum. The collection began to grow.
In 1989, the Museum’s future namesake, California’s aviation pioneer and Medal of Honor recipient, General Jimmy Doolittle sent the base a signed photo congratulating it on the decision to house an air museum. Arrange your visit to Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center and discover more family-friendly attractions in Fairfield using our Fairfield trip itinerary maker website.
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  • There are two elements to the Heritage Museum tour. The outside part allows one to see many of the main aircraft of the USAF from the end of WW 2 when the AF was formed in 1947 until after the Cold... 
    There are two elements to the Heritage Museum tour. The outside part allows one to see many of the main aircraft of the USAF from the end of WW 2 when the AF was formed in 1947 until after the Cold...  more »
  • I wasn't really all that keen on going there but my friend's husband was stationed there at one point. Reality is that it was so much more interesting than I imagined and we spent quite a bit of time....  more
    I wasn't really all that keen on going there but my friend's husband was stationed there at one point. Reality is that it was so much more interesting than I imagined and we spent quite a bit of time....  more »
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  • We only got to see the outdoor air park portion. The aircraft are cool and unique. Definitely needs some upkeep with all the weeds in the asphalt.
  • It's a really nice museum, it's located inside of the army base, so you need to head to the visitors center if you have no military ID. In the visitor center you'll undergo a background check and someone will come to move you to the museum There is a parking lot for about 20 cars or do, it's limited to 30 minutes, but if you go to the museum, they are ok with you leaving your car for longer The driver may give you a little tour around the base, so you can see rows of active military airplanes (no pictures allowed though) - the base itself is like a little enclosed city The museum has multiple big airplanes on show outside and lots and lots of history inside the building - pictures allowed and encouraged! They have a really nice engine room and even a real bomber simulator (you can enter it, but it's not possible to actually turn it on) There is a lot of history dating all the way back to the base creation, through WW2 and Vietnam all the way to 2018 (as of writing) The museum gives a very different vibe thanks to being inside of the US Air Force military base

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