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Founded in 1989, the
Pacific Coast Air Museum
is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historic aircraft, preserving aviation history, and providing an educational venue for students and the community.

We also honor those heroic aviators who have contributed so much to the growth and defense of our way of life.

"One seldom finds such a collection of user-friendly aircraft amidst congenial hosts and lovely wine-country weather. Learn about the vast array of educational programs, scout activities and the opportunities for birthday parties and other gatherings. Bring your family - bring the kids from school - bring the scout troop. ...you´ll find it hard to leave."
Tom Reed
Secretary of the Air Force
1976-77

Centennial Celebration of First Air Mail Flight

Reception:

February 19
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

History was made right here in the North Bay 100 years ago…

First Air Mail Flight
It’s a history which has made an ever-lasting impression on the entire world! Pioneer aviator Fred J. Wiseman, born 1875 in Santa Rosa, completed America’s first official air mail flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa in Sonoma County on February 18, 1911 (never mind that he took off on February 17…) The Smithsonian recognizes his journey as the first motorized air mail flight in America--he carried three letters from the Petaluma postmaster to the Santa Rosa postmaster—along with 50 copies of The Press Democrat newspaper and some coffee!

Today, Wiseman’s hand-built canvas and wood biplane proudly hangs in the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum on the Mall in Washington D.C.

Pacific Coast Air Museum is honoring his achievement in several ways with:
  • an exhibit curated by MaryJane Brown opening February 15, 2011 at the Pacific Coast Air Museum.

  • a reception on Saturday, February 19, 2011 in Sonoma Jet Center’s historic Redwood Hangar at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. The Reception features a biplane fly-in reenactment by pilot Patrick Bell, a Color Guard, music, museum exhibits, centennial souvenirs, silent auction, refreshments with wine and 100th anniversary cake. The program features civic proclamations, introduction of honored guests and sponsors plus a keynote address by historian/PD columnist Gaye LeBaron.

    The Reception, chaired by Bob Parker and Sharie Sbrazza, is a benefit for the Pacific Coast Air Museum, a 501c3 nonprofit educational airport museum established 20 years ago at One Museum Way.

The entire community is invited to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of local aviator Wiseman’s heroic milestone.

Ticket prices are $5 for youth ages 6-20, $10 for Pacific Coast Air Museum members and $15 for adults 21+. Children under the age of 5 and active military with ID are free, while tickets at the door are $20.

Tickets may be purchased in advance:

Online: Discounted tickets available on-line

via Mail: by check payable to Pacific Coast Air Museum
Gift Shop, One Museum Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95043.
Please list the names of each person attending

or by contacting the Gift Shop: Phone: 707-575-7900
Email: giftshop@pacificcoastairmuseum.org
Please list the names of each person attending



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