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Retired Lt. Col. Ed Cobleigh, USAF to speak on Battle of Britain 

Community invited to monthly Estrella Warbirds Museum dinner

Lt. Col. Ed Cobleigh, USAF (Ret) will speak about the Battle of Britain at the Estrella Warbirds Museum monthy dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Photo courtesy of Estrella Warbirds Museum.

Lt. Col. Ed Cobleigh, USAF (Ret) will speak about the Battle of Britain at the Estrella Warbirds Museum monthy dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Photo courtesy of Estrella Warbirds Museum.

Staff Report

PASO ROBLES – The friendly volunteers at the Estrella Warbird Museum welcome the community to a variety of events taking place at the museum, including their monthly dinner, featuring a guest speaker, on the first Wednesday of each month.

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, following a social hour with no-host bar starting at 6 p.m. and dinner catered by Larry Eastwood/Vic’s Café at 7 p.m., ex-Royal Air Force fighter pilot and Estrella Warbird Museum member Ed Cobleigh will speak about the Battle of Britain.

Cobliegh will take attendees back to those dark days of the summer of 1940 when 1,100 young men climbed into their Spitfires and Hurricanes to have a go at saving Western Europe from the Nazis. He will profile the personalities on both sides, break down the tactics, compare the aircraft, and analyze the successes and mistakes of a pivotal air battle of World War II.

Lt. Col. Ed Cobleigh, USAF (Ret) has been a fighter weapons instructor pilot with the USAF, USN, RAF, French Air Force, and Imperial Iranian Air Force. He is the author of “War for the Hell of It, a Fighter Pilot’s view of Viet Nam” available in the museum gift shop.

Estrella Warbird Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 museum, dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircraft and memorabilia of those who flew and worked on them with an approach not to glorify conflict but rather to make a future generation aware of the fact our way of life does not come without sacrifice.

The museum is located near the Paso Robles Airport at 4251-A Dry Creek Road and is open Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information or to make reservations for the dinner, call 238-9317.

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