Exhibit Hall

Consisting of a main exhibit space and 23 climate-controlled cases, the museum's main Exhibit Hall features a rotating selection of portraits of significant aviation pioneers from the world-renowned Thompson Aviation Art Collection. Within the individual display cases, are artifacts and interpretive information on aviation related subjects ranging from painted A-2 Flight Jackets and the evolution of Flight Helmets; early aviation history; the Great War through World War II; the Korean Conflict; the Cold War; Vietnam; the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Special displays include Combat Camera, Prisoners of War, Women in Aviation, Bob Hope and the USO, Camp Haan and Air Navigation.

 

A variety of both permanent and rotating exhibits and displays are located within the Main and Educational Hangars and Yeager Family Library. Subjects range from the Tuskegee Airmen to USAF Para-rescue, Security Forces, Medical support operations and the Royal Air Force in World
War Two. Featured within the Yeager Family Library, the MFAM is proud to present the Henry Wedaa Special Exhibit and Aviation Poster Collection consisting of an extensive aviation themed poster grouping as well as artifacts and personal items from noted Southern Californian and World War Two USAAF veteran Henry Wedaa.

 

The presence and display of artifacts from the German National Socialist era
(1933-1945)
  

 

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.