The Avro Vulcan, along with the Handley-Page Victor and the Vickers Valiant, were Britain's "V" Force of bombers in the 1950s and 60s. The Vulcan was the first jet bomber to use the delta shaped wing, which made it extremely agile and acrobatic for such a large aircraft. The first prototype flew in 1952 and the Vulcan became operational in 1956. A second version, the B.2, became operational in 1960. A total of 133 Vulcan bombers were produced.
Armed with the "Blue Steel" nuclear air to ground missile, the Vulcan represented a good portion of the United Kingdom's nuclear force. However, the Vulcan bombers were relegated to a conventional role in 1966, when the....... [read more]
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The North American Aviation (NAA) on the flat-bed at the Castle Air Museum restoration hangar. To view more picture of this wonderful Navy bird, you can visit our Facebook page or our Current Projects page, here.
The Cessna T-37B Tweet (Tweetie Bird) is next in line for restoration (behind the Tracker). To view more picture of this little bird, you can visit our Future Projects page, here.
Welcome to Castle Air Museum (Atwater, California)
When the closure of Castle Air Force Base was announced in 1994, a group of dedicated enthusiasts in the Atwater-Merced area formed a non-profit organization called the Castle Air Museum Foundation, Inc. Their purpose was to assume custody of the collection of aircraft. It was their dream to build a museum in which faithfully restored historic aircraft could be exhibited for public enjoyment.
Castle Air Museum represents history in a way the whole family can share with our awe-inspiring majestic warbirds. To stand under the wing of the Convair RB-36H Peacemaker or the Boeing B-52, you can imagine the sky around the bombers filled with enemy fighters!
Then there's the B-25 Mitchell, similar to the planes Jimmy Doolittle led off the carrier U.S.S. Hornet during this country's first desperate attempt to bomb Tokyo. The B-29 is here too... the bomber that ended World War II in the Pacific.
On the other end of the spectrum are the B-47 Stratojet and the British Avro Vulcan B.2... this nuclear bomber was the first of it's type to be put on display in the United States... and from our closest allie and northern neighbour Canada, comes the Avro Canada (A.V. Roe Canada, Ltd.) CF-100 Canuck Mk V... the first straight-winged aircraft to ever break the sound barrier!
Preserving our Military Heritage
The aircraft on display at Castle Air Museum are as much a part of America's heritage as Independence Hall and the Battlefield at Gettysburg, yet only a handful of these flying testimonials of our country's Air Force and Navy have survived decades of neglect and the salvage torch.
Support The Museum
The museum has been self-supporting since Castle AFB closed in 1995. Although most of our aircraft belong to the U.S. Air Force Museum, it does not provide any funds for maintenance and repair. Monies to operate the museum, maintain the aircraft and grounds and, hopefully, to add to the collection come from admissions, memberships, fund-raising events and donations. Contact us now and find out how to become a volunteer or a museum member. Since the Castle Air Museum is a non-profit organization, your tax-deductible contributions are also greatly appreciated.
The Grumman US-2A Tracker on the flat-bed at the Castle Air Museum restoration hangar. To view more picture of this wonderful Marine bird, you can visit our Facebook page or our Future Projects page, here.
Presidential Aircraft (VC-9C) Tours
The Castle Air Museum staff is currently working on the details and logistics of setting up regularly scheduled tours of the aircraft. For the care and safety of the aircraft and museum visitors, there are some details and procedures that need to be worked out in advance.
Please be patient with us. The aircraft tour schedule will be announced soon. Please feel free to call the museum at (209) 723-2178 for more information.
Upcoming UC Merced Lecture
"Fuel Cell: Technical Principle, Promise and Challenges"
by Prof. Min Hwan Lee, UC Merced
Saturday December 7, 2013 @ 10:30am at Castle Air Museum
A fuel cell is a clean energy conversion device that generates electricity directly from chemical energies. Hydrogen is usually considered as its fuel but other natural gas and alcohols can be the fuel as well. As demand for clean, sustainable and cheap alternative to coal and petroleum-based economy is surging, fuel cells have been intensively studied in the last decades. In the presentation, a brief overview on the operational principles of fuel cells, and their promise and current challenges will be discussed.