Chico Air Museum
The Chico Air Museum collects, preserves, documents and displays aircraft, and aviation and space artifacts. The museum’s primary purpose is to educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and the history of flight.
The museum is located inside a WWII era hangar that was originally a part of the Chico Army Airfield. Inside, you can explore a number of interesting artifacts, pictures and historic displays, extensive aviation research library, and more. Outside is a static display area with jet and propeller-driven aircraft.
More About the Museum
The non-profit Chico Air Museum was founded in 2004 by a group of local residents who were concerned that the rich, local aviation history was being lost to time. Founders included Vic Alvistur, Jim Babcock, Brian Baldridge, Norm Rosene, Gary Thompson, and Noel Wheeler. In 2004 the museum accepted its first two aircraft donations: a Lockheed P-2V Neptune Navy anti-submarine aircraft and the largest production biplane ever built, a Russian Antonov AN-2 Colt. In May 2005 the museum officially opened its doors to the public in a small WWII Army Airfield building at the Chico Municipal Airport.
In 2015 the museum moved to a large WWII Army Air Corp hangar that was built and used during WWII. With generous financial support from the community and many hours of donated time and work, the site was cleaned, refurbished, and upgraded to modern operating standards. Today it houses 19 aircraft (with more being added all the time) and over a dozen permanent displays.
Below are the current aircrafts the museum has on display, as of August 2022.
- Thorpe T-211 Sky Scooter
- Antonov AN-2 Russian Biplane
- Bell 47 Helicopter
- Culver Cadet LCA
- Chance Vought A-7 Corsair (Vietnam War)
- Delphin L-29V Czechoslovakian jet trainer
- EAA Biplane
- Grumman Guardian (one of only six in the world)
- Lockheed P2-V7 Neptune ASW aircraft
- Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star
- McDonald Douglas
- F-15C Eagle
- North American F-86 Sabre
- Piasecki H-21 helicopter
- Pitts Model 12 extreme aerobatic airplane
- RAF 2000 GTX SE Gyrocopter
- Schreder HP Sailplane
- SPAD XIII (WWI Biplane)
- Taylor Titch Formula 1 Reno Racer
- Consolidated Vultee BT-13 Valiant (iconic trainer from WWII and Chico Army Airfield)