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Western Museum of Flight, Torrance

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The Western Museum of Flight is an aviation museum located at Zamperini Field, the municipal airport in Torrance, California. WMOF is operated by the Southern California Historical Aviation Foundation. It houses not only 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 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 are both on public display, plus numerous other notable jet- and propeller-drive airplanes.
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  • After living in the South Bay Area for decades, I finally visited the museum which I learned moved to the current site 8 years ago from the Hawthorne airport. I have to say that if you have any intere...  more »
  • It's a small museum. The hanger has a lot of interesting things to look at and there are always a few dozens around to help with questions and the entry fee is only $5. There is around a dozen planes,...  more »
  • Very nice, small museum. The exhibits a small, but very interesting, especially the Lou Zamperini section (as a great tribute to our local hero). You can tour it in less than two hours.  more »
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  • This place isn't very large, but if you're into planes and flight in general, it's interesting. If you have kids it's good for them to be able to see some real aircraft, some of which they can climb into the cockpit and play with the controls. You can also sit along the runway and watch small planes fly in and out of Torrance Airport.
  • There are many exhibits to see. The space section is expanding! You can sit in a fighter jet or find books on air history in their gift shop. A five dollar donation is requested for adults. The volunteers are enthusiastic and able to answer questions. There is also a talk once a month I find very enriching.
  • This place is an inspirational learning temple for all ages. Admission is priced right and it's completely great as a quick get a away. The kids faces as they see all the unique collections of past and current history is priceless. Totally worth an occasional trip from year to year and right now they have mummies on exhibit-wow.
  • As a pilot when I drop into Torrance Airport this a place I always drop by this place. Great historical aviation. Also see the Zamperini museum while at the Airport.
  • As a pilot when I drop into Torrance Airport this a place I always drop by this place. Great historical aviation. Also see the Zamperini museum while at the Airport.