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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.

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The Pacific Coast Air Museum has exhibits documenting local aviation history.

For more information please contact our Operations Director at 707-575-7900 or Email: Cristina Olds.

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 with an exhibit curated by MaryJane Brown opened February 15, 2011 at the Pacific Coast Air Museum.

Exhibits at the Pacific Coast Air Museum

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