Future Exhibits

The Curatorial Department of the March Field Air Museum continues to provide educationally oriented exhibits and displays focused on a wide variety of aviation topics presented as engaging, interactive and visually compelling experiences for visitors.

 

Current projects scheduled for completion, or significant advancement in the near future include, the MFAM "Commercial Aviation Exhibit" tracing the evolution of civil aviation from the early Pan Am Clippers of the 1930's through the latest superliners. The next phase of MFAM's "Mission Control" Space Exploration Exhibit will be the completion of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Rocket Nozzle Gantry addition permitting visitors to walk directly underneath a rocket component safely returned from five Shuttle missions in earth orbit.

 

Further development of the March Field Main Hangar timeline will proceed with the addition of three Decade Interpretation Exhibits, the 1920's "March Field Re-Established" the 1930's "March and the Great Depression" with an emphasis on March Field's role in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the buildup to World War Two. The 1940's "Wartime Training at March Field" featuring recovered artifacts, photographs, documentation and educational content developed in conjunction with the California Department of Parks and Recreation Archeology Division including significant content derived from the training mission crash of a B-24J at Lake Perris in 1944.

 

Initial construction has begun on the "Staff Sergeant Vincent J. Rogers Jr. Exhibit" Upon completion the exhibit will feature six 8' by 4' interpretive panels with their associated artifacts along with a newly restored B-24 gun turret. The exhibit is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the common Army Air Force service members of World War Two, through the first person voice of Vincent Rogers Jr. a young airman whose captivating personal journey was at risk of permanent loss before coming to the attention of MFAM.

 

The "Strategic Reconnaissance Exhibit" featuring the SR-71 Blackbird and associated artifacts from the world of covert intelligence will continue to make significant improvements with the
acquisition of a Central Intelligence Agency U-2 pilot's flight suit used during the build-up to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and U-2 data link hardware. Further funding will bring the completion of a 15-foot climate controlled case to appropriately preserve and exhibit the artifacts.

 

Initial production stages of the "Man's Supremacy of the Air" an Art Deco mural, first painted on the wall of the Enlistedman's Club at March Field in 1943 and later lost during base renovations, are in progress. The 40 by 30 foot mural re-creation celebrating the conquest of the sky is planned for the main hangar's west wall.