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The Estrella Warbirds Museum is located at 4251 Dry Creek Rd, Paso Robles. This event is open to people of all ages and there is no charge

–Some early members of the Estrella Warbirds Museum will describe the humble beginnings of the Museum nearly 27 years ago, at the monthly dinner on March 4, 2020, at the Estrella Warbirds Museum Thomson Hall. Included in this presentation will be a video taken in the early beginnings of the Museum.

The Estrella Squadron of the Confederate Air Force, as it was known in the beginning, put on their first air show on May 23, 1993. The fifty odd members recruited aircraft such as the World War II BT-13, T-6, P-51 and a British Spitfire to thrill a big crowd at the Paso Robles airport. The United States Air Force assisted the show with a flyby of the huge Lockheed C-5A Galaxy. Not to be outdone, the United States Marine Corps launched a pair of McDonnell AV-8 Harriers to the event. And the United States Navy provided a Lockheed P-3 Orion for display, and actually “backed up” the plane using reverse thrust. During the airshow Obbie Atkinson interviewed squadron volunteers and they explained their jobs.

The excitement of the airshow, the flying, ground displays, and activities, were captured on video by squadron members Obbie Atkinson and Ralph Grasso. Ralph’s wife and Obbie wrote a script and George Marrett narrated the 25-minute video of the historic event.

Now, 27 years later, you can hear stories about the struggles and successes of the past from some of the founding volunteers, and their hopes and dreams for the museum in the future.

Reservations can be made by calling the museum at (805) 296-1935 or online at www.ewarbirds.org/museum/reservations.shtml. The deadline for reservations is 6 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020. The price for the dinner is $20 per person. Doors will open at 5:30 pm with a no-host bar (cash only, no credit cards), and the catered dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Estrella Warbirds Museum is located at 4251 Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles, California. The museum is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Call for Monday holiday hours. For general admission information, call (805) 238-9397 or visit www.ewarbirds.org.



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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.