Part of the appeal of this Torrance museum is its location in a hangar on Louis Zamperini field—you get to feel like a pilot (or at least like a private jet passenger!) as soon as you walk onto the airfield. The other part is the strong collection of military aircraft built by the local aerospace industry. Highlights include the Northrop YF-23A, a supersonic stealth fighter, and the Northrop F-5, a lightweight supersonic stealth fighter that the U.S. military supplied to friendly nations, and one of only three Northrop JB-1's in existence. Also known as “The Bat,” it was a precursor to America’s first cruise missile. Not into war craft? Check out Steve McQueen’s bright yellow bi-plane.
|Venue name:||Western Museum of Flight||Contact:|
3315 Airport Dr
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sun 10am-3pm|
|Price:||$5; children (under 12) free|
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My fiance's dad is a retired pilot and he has a small plane at the Torrance Airport, so we've been to a number of airplane museums, but this is my favorite. It's small enough to do in a quick afternoon and it's not pretentious or too museum-like. You're allowed to get into some of the planes and really get up close with them. Plus the people who work there are very knowledgable about the planes there and the history of aircrafts.