Estrella Warbirds Museum

Estrella Warbirds Museum

During World War II, what is now the Paso Robles Municipal Airport, was the Estrella Army Airforce Base. The Estrella Warbirds Museum is a non-profit dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircraft, vehicles and memorabilia. The facility’s stated intent is “not to glorify conflict but rather to make future generations aware of the fact our way of life does not come without sacrifice.”

They currently have over twenty-five aircraft on display, from a 1941 U.S. Navy Vultee “Vibrator,” to a 1975 Grumman “Tomcat.” Besides vintage planes, the museum also houses missiles, munitions and military vehicles in the separate Brooks Building. There is an additional $15 charge per half-hour to use a real FA/18 flight simulator, which puts you in any of thirty five different planes, including a World War II Japanese Zero, and has different settings for day or night, peace time or combat, among many others. (Reservations for the simulator should be made in advance at )

This is a great outing for military buffs and to take older kids for a different kind of experience in the Paso Robles area. Set aside at an hour or more to see the displays, both indoor and outdoor, and to watch videos in the audio/visual room. The flight simulator will add more time. This fascinating excursion into the nation’s aviation past could easily consume a half-day or more.

The Woodland Automobile Display Building was added in 2009 to restore and preserve race cars and vintage classic automobiles.
Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4p.m./Sunday 12 noon -4 p.m.
Tickets : $10 for Adults, $5 for Children 6-12, under 6 free, $6 for Students with photo I.D. and Senior 60+, $20 Family Maximum.
Group tours of ten or more ($5 each) available by calling (805) 466-1212
4251 Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 227-0440