The Western Museum of Flight (WMOF) 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. The Air Museum offers 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.
Located at historic Zamperini Field, the municipal airport in Torrance, California, WMOF is operated by the Southern California Historical Aviation Foundation. The aircraft model collection is quite extensive with over 300 models. The museum not only houses historic aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California, but also has an extensive collection of historic photographs and blueprints.
The museum has several rare aircraft among its collection, including one of only two Northrop YF-23 stealth fighter prototypes. Also on display is a Northrop YF-17 Cobra, a lightweight fighter which was the basis for the heavier Boeing (originally McDonnell-Douglas) F/A-18 Hornet currently used by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. In addition, a Grumman F-14 Tomcat and a Northrop JB-1 (one of only three JB-1s flying wings remaining) are both on public display.
Additional information on special events can be found at the museum’s webpage.
Western Museum of Flight
3315 Airport Drive
Torrance, CA 90505
Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
General Admission $5.00
Children under 12 years FREE