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Western Museum of Flight, Torrance
(4/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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. 
  • If wanting to visit an aviation museum near Los Angeles is in your plans, this is worth the trip. It's a small museum, but has a good collection. The aircraft we wanted to see (YF-17, YF-23) are locat...  more »
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  • I enjoyed the tour of the museum. The docents were great. Thank you.
  • A nice set of older aircraft and prototype. YF -23 is on the other side of the field. Staff there are very welcoming and knowledgable.
  • I don't get a lot of opportunities to sit in an F-5A jet. That was a total treat! A relatively small museum, the volunteers were very nice and knowledgeable when it came to talking about planes. Especially the YF-23 prototype. I learned a lot going there. The only downside would be the fact that the YF-23 was not near the museum. Instead, pushed to the corner of the airstrip behind a fence. I would have loved to take a closer look at it. None the less, it was a good time for me.
  • Nice little museum. Very enthusiastic staff.
  • Nice place to visit and check historic airplanes