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.
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  • I've always been an airplane geek. A chance to see well preserved old aircraft is often on our list when traveling to new places. Our first trip to the area, for our son's AF promotion ceremony at...  more »
  • Well maintained aviation museum. Good place to burn some time if you're waiting for a plane at the nearby AMC Terminal. Couple of old-timers were maintaining the desk and we talked story for a bit.....  more »
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  • The Heritage Center is amazing for all ages! The volunteers there are super informative and kid friendly. If you have kids be sure to check out the simulator and practice cockpits. Gift shop and restrooms available.
  • The museum closed because the building was too hot inside. A couple of swamp coolers would fix this. The outside displayed are unique aircraft but in need of the cleaning.
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