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MUSEUM REVIEW: The Western Museum of Flight in Torrance (real airplanes you can sit in!)

Last week, my family and I had the opportunity to visit a little golden nugget in the city of Torrance called The Western Museum of Flight.


The Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage.  The Air Museum’s educational programs give children an opportunity to see and touch the airplanes that made aviation history and take an inside look at completed and in-progress aircraft restoration projects.  The Western Museum of Flight’s collection includes numerous Warbirds, aircraft and target drones, piston and jet aircraft engines, aircraft components, aircraft ejection seats, World War II instruments, aircrew accessories, and an extensive model aircraft collection.

I led a field trip of 30 homeschoolers to the museum to learn about the world of aviation and to have a chance to get up close and personal with the airplanes.

Not only did we get to see a variety of airplanes, but we got to sit in them too!  This was the highlight of our visit.


My personal favorite artifact at the museum was the model pilot.  He looked so cute in his World War II uniform!

It took us approximately an hour and fifteen minutes to tour the museum.  And for our size group, we had five very informative docents.  You could tell simply by the stories they told!

The Western Museum of Flight costs $5.00 per person (12 and up).  Child 11 and younger are free.

So if you have an airplane fanatic in your house or plan to learn about aviation anytime soon, this is the place to go.

Real airplanes you can sit in…it can’t get any better than that!

To learn more about The Western Museum of Flight, please visit

Happy Field Tripping,



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