at the March Field Air Museum
MARCH OF FLIGHT:
Saluting a Century of Service
Through October 7, 2018
March Field Air Museum is proud to showcase an all-new exhibit, “March of Flight: Saluting a Century of Service.” This exhibit highlights the significant 100-year history and important milestones of today’s March Air Reserve Base.
The oldest continuously operating military airfield on the West Coast, and a birthplace of the modern Air Force our nation relies upon today, March Field was first established as a U.S. Army Signal Corps airfield in winter/spring 1918. Museum guests will enjoy exploring the new “March of Flight: Saluting a Century of Service” exhibit, the first to occupy an all-new gallery space just completed at the museum. The new exhibit helps to kick-off a year-long celebration of March Field’s centennial, culminating with a series of special events in 2018.
Featured are more than 55 compelling photographic images; four maps/diagrams of March Field as it grew and changed over the years; full-size artifacts including two aircraft propellers, an MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft engine, and a flight helmet worn by Gen. Archie Old, Jr. during his years (1955-1965) as Commander of the nuclear-armed 15th Air Force, headquartered at March Field. (Old is best known for leading Operation Power Flite, the first-ever nonstop, round-the-world flight made possible by jet aircraft and aerial refueling tankers.)
Also included in this exhibition are six large-scale reproductions of historic March Field color postcards, and a stunning, large pen-and-ink drawing “March of Flight,” drawn in 1938 by SSgt J. E. Reynolds of the March Field Photographic Lab and depicting U.S. military aircraft from the first 1911 Wright "B" flyer to the latest 1938 B-17 Flying Fortress, which would go on to become a World War II icon.
The new exhibit will remain on display through October 7, 2018, and is included with regular Museum admission.
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!