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jensenpark
04-26-2006, 10:22 PM
Hey all in Southern Cal...

taking the family to Disneyland in a few weeks - staying in the Long Beach area...

Wondering if there are any museums (aviation or otherwise), points of interest, etc in the general area for this wandering fellow forum member to feed his IL2/aviation/military fix...

Gibbage1
04-26-2006, 10:42 PM
No. The only one near is Chino, about 1 1/2 hour drive inland. Hit the 91 all the way out till BFN. If you have a rental and have a craving to visit one of the best museum's in existance, check out www.planesoffame.org (http://www.planesoffame.org)

The best think is, they fly these birds!

Stackhouse25th
04-26-2006, 10:47 PM
I have been to the Valle Arizona museum. flew in there from Prescott AZ in a lil Cessna. Got a personalized tour of the Connie they had there. I almost had the guy convinced to let me sit in its cockpit, sadly no. Very neat museum.

GoGamer-Jason
04-27-2006, 12:30 AM
Gibbage,

Please man. You don't know your way around So Cal. ;-)

Take the 91 East to the 57 North. Then take the 60 East and get off at Grove and head South until you run into the airport.

From the Long Beach it will take you about an hour give or take.

Jason

3.JG51_Stecher
04-27-2006, 01:00 AM
You say in a few weeks? Because they're having their airshow on May 20-21. If you're not in the area very often, you've got to find a way to go while you have the chance. I had the pleasure of going last year and it was fantastic. I hope you can make it.

jensenpark
04-27-2006, 08:29 AM
Thanks guys...

unfortunately I'm there May 10 for a week.

Have a rental car so a one hour jaunt to Chino is nothing.

Appreciate the help.

Gibbage1
04-27-2006, 04:24 PM
Originally posted by GoGamer-Jason:
Gibbage,

Please man. You don't know your way around So Cal. ;-)

Take the 91 East to the 57 North. Then take the 60 East and get off at Grove and head South until you run into the airport.

From the Long Beach it will take you about an hour give or take.

Jason

Jason. Going to the airshow this week? Im also going to E3.

horseback
04-27-2006, 06:05 PM
If you're taking the family to Disneyland, you will also have the pressure put on you to go to the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, et al. However, Balboa Park also has a very nice Aerospace Museum just a mile or so west on the same road as the Zoo-all of it in a lovely shaded COOL building- and with a considerably less frantic atmosphere.

After three or four hours tramping around the Zoo, an hour or two break at the Aerospace Museum might not sound half bad to the Missus...(the gift shop's book section occasionally yields up a gem as well)...and then nip back over to the Zoo for another round of heatstroke and nature.

cheers

horseback

BigKahuna_GS
04-27-2006, 07:11 PM
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I believe the Santa Monica Air Museum is still open. I saw Gunther Rall and Bud Anderson speak there. Palm Springs also has a nice Air Museum. The other Museums mentioned are very good. There is also an Air Show at March Air Force base this weekend April 29-30.


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TC_Stele
04-27-2006, 09:12 PM
Originally posted by Gibbage1:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GoGamer-Jason:
Gibbage,

Please man. You don't know your way around So Cal. ;-)

Take the 91 East to the 57 North. Then take the 60 East and get off at Grove and head South until you run into the airport.

From the Long Beach it will take you about an hour give or take.

Jason

Jason. Going to the airshow this week? Im also going to E3. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Cool, I'll be going to that airshow too. Maybe I'll bump into you guys.

Highly recommend that Planes of Fame museum, jensenpark. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Troll2k
04-28-2006, 01:45 AM
I can not remember how long ago I was in Long Beach but the Spruce Goose was there.Housed in a giant goedesic dome.I do not know if it is still there or still exists.

Also one of those retired ocean liners.Queen Mary or Elizabeth or such.

GenKukov
04-28-2006, 01:53 AM
Actually the Socal area has LOT'S of Musuems. Here is a list of them:
Palm Springs Air Musuem -
http://www.air-museum.org/

Planes of Fame (already mentioned, also has one of two original flying Japanese Zeroes) -
http://www.planesoffame.org

March Air Musuem -
http://www.marchfield.org

Camarillo Commerative Air Force Musuem (has the other flying original Japanese Zero)-
http://www.orgsites.com/ca/caf-socal/

I'd definetelly recommend Chino of the musumes above, as it has quite a collection of different Aircraft. Hope this helps.
-Kukov