at the March Field Air Museum
March Field Air Museum
By Allen Jones
Rarely do we give any thought to what happens to aircraft once they have outlived their usefulness, been replaced by newer models or become obsolete. They once travelled thousands of miles across the world, carried American servicemen through World War II, Korea, Vietnam and more recently Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Now whether parked in the bone yards of the desert or left to decay in the rural Midwest, they still hold a place in history, as artifacts of our culture. These once pristine, beautifully designed machines are now part of the landscape, taking on a renewed beauty, even in a state of obsolescence.
Allen Jones has had a consistent theme throughout his work - an exploration of how our culture's changing technology and values impact the landscape around us. In his latest body of work, Aircraft Remains, Jones incorporates his interest in WWII and aviation. This series of discarded, obsolete and warehoused aircraft were captured in various locations across the US.
Rosie the Riveter
Memorial Rose Garden
The March Field Air Museum is the newest location of an official "Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden" as of June 2018! The garden of recently planted Rosie the Riveter hybrid Floribunda roses, located in the museum's outdoor Heritage Courtyard, is joined by a full-size sculpture of Rosie the Riveter by artist Seward Johnson (one of only two nationwide, it will remain on view temporarily). Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of World War II, representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards during the war. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who joined the military. In an effort to ensure the contributions of “Rosies” are fully acknowledged, “Keeping the Spirit of ‘45 Alive,” a national collaborative, is leading the campaign to create a living memorial in the form of a U.S. network of Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens. Some 36 gardens in 15 states are currently under development, with the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden at the March Field Air Museum becoming one of the newest. These inaugural gardens form the initial backbone of an expanding national network of gardens; the Spirit of ’45 collaborative has established a goal of locating at least one in each Congressional District in time for the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, in 2020. Featuring a new, official Rosie the Riveter rose varietal, the garden at March Field Air Museum is a proud part of this national memorial.
But Wait, There's More...
Every Second Saturday in 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy Up-Close Aircraft Days, which allows you to get an up-close look at a featured aircraft! Check our CALENDAR for the next featured aircraft!
See an all-new Wright Brothers exhibit featuring a recently acquired, full-sized replica of the 1903 "Wright Flyer," which launched the modern age of powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina!
Also new at the museum in 2018 is a re-created mural "Man's Supremacy in the Air," originally painted on a wall inside the Enlisted Club at March Field during WWII and reminiscent of WPA Depression-era murals.
The March Field Air Museum is constantly upgrading and adding new exhibits. If you haven't visited lately, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised with all of the changes and additions!
Did you know? March Field is the West Coast's oldest continuously operated military airfield, and a birthplace of the modern Air Force that our nation relies upon today!