From The Curator
Welcome to the March Field Air Museum, with over 70 aircraft and more than 30,000 individual artifacts our museum strives to promote an understanding of humanity's reach for the skies and of March Field's pivotal role in the development of flight. For nearly 100 years March Field has been home to aviation pioneers, some famous and some anonymous, they have left a treasure trove of precious artifacts from aircraft to flight gear, from simulators to uniforms, from photos to personal letters.
I encourage you to come walk in the footsteps of heroes, step through a World War 1 trench line under the shadow of the world's fastest manned aircraft the SR-71 Blackbird. Walk through a Vietnam era Fire Base surrounded by a brace of helicopters. Stand beneath the wings of a massive B-52 Stratofortress or the museum's World War 2 combat veterans B-29A "Three Feathers" and B-17G "Starduster."
Whatever your age or background, the sleek fighters, bombers and cargo aircraft of the
MFAM have something to fascinate everyone. With such a rich variety of artifacts, the museum's exhibits are constantly evolving to bring you new experiences however many times you visit. Enjoy your visit.
The presence and display of artifacts from the German National Socialist era
The presence and display of artifacts from the German National Socialist era (1933-1945) does not, in any way, imply March Field Air Museum supports, endorses or sympathizes with the ideology of National Socialism. These items serve only to bring clarity to a seminal period in human history that significantly affected the development of aviation technology and the tactical application of air power.
We at the MFAM have a responsibility to educate and inform our community. Without a clear
understanding, so vividly represented in period artifacts, of the Nazi regimes successful campaign to insinuate their horrifying ideology into all aspects of German society, it is impossible to comprehend the course of aviation history in the latter half of the twentieth century. That a well-educated, technologically advanced, democratic, civilized and sublimely cultured nation was seduced by fanatics and descended into darkest pits of barbarism is a
foundational lesson. Contextualizing the Allies decision to employ strategic bombers against the industrial base and urban centers of the Axis Powers requires a firm appreciation of the compelling need to eradicate that deeply rooted evil.
We deeply apologize if these exhibits disturb individual sensibilities however; we ask
your forbearance as we attempt to bring clarity to the past in the hope of securing a brighter future.