Hidden behind the gates of Travis Air Force Base is one of the best military aviation museums on the West Coast: The Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum, with its extensive collection of aircraft and artifacts detailing the history of Travis AFB, airlift, space exploration and military air power.
Founded in 1983, the museum is surrounded by an impressive collection of restored historic military aircraft that includes the B-29 Superfortress, a Vietnam-era B-52 Stratofortress, an F4C Phantom Fighter, a C-124 Globemaster II, a C-47 Skytrain and an F-86 Sabre fighter.
Inside, there are exhibits containing artifacts, documents, aircraft models, uniforms, aircraft nose art and photos from the dawn of military air power in World War I to present-day military and humanitarian operations around the world.
Due to post-9/11 security concerns, aviation lovers will need a base visitor’s pass to see the museum. There is a massive fundraising effort by the museum foundation to build a new home for the museum in Vacaville near the Nut Tree Airport.
Location: 400 Brennan Circle, Travis Air Force Base
More Information: 707-424-5605, www.jimmydoolittlemuseum.org