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Address

Physical
I-215 at
Van Buren Blvd
Riverside, CA
Mailing
P-38 National Association
PO Box 6453
March ARB, CA 92518
 

P-38 Museum
How our Museum
would look from a P-38

Hours of Operation

Due to our limited number of available docents, we are open on Saturday and Sunday during these hours:

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Important Notice!

Although we are housed on the grounds of the March Air Museum, the P‑38 Association's Museum is a separate and independent non-profit organization.

We are not affiliated with the USAF or Lockheed, and our entire operation is supported solely by people like you. See how you can help us with our mission!

Donate to the P-38 Association

P-38 Museum

The P‑38 Museum is appropriately housed in an airplane hangar, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, CA.

You can't really miss our sign on the East side of I‑215 near March ARB in Southern California.

Our museum is named after and dedicated to Chief Test Pilot, Tony LeVier, who flew over 200 different types of aircraft, declaring the P‑38 to be his favorite!  Read more about Tony LeVier.

In the beginning...

After the P‑38 National Association was founded in May of 1987, one of it's proudest accomplishments was building the Museum, which is supported on contributions of memorabilia and donations from the public and our Association Members.

Construction on the Museum began in the late 80's and was supervised with perfection by P‑38 pilot, and former Association President, Dick Willsie.  Have a look at the early construction photos of the Museum, and see what it looks like today!

We have two sculptures on display. One is of Tony LeVier (on which you can have engraved your name or the name of a loved one). The other is the amazing P‑38 sculpture which we donated to the March Air Museum, and it is displayed in their main courtyard! 

You can view a larger image of each sculpture by clicking on it.

Sculptures


Tony LeVier

P-38

The entire P‑38 Museum project was accomplished with volunteer man hours and volunteer dollars -- what an extraordinary accomplishment!

P-38 Exhibits

Sadly, we don't have the millions of dollars that it would take to purchase a P‑38, even if one could be found (no easy task with so few surviving these days).

We did, however, originally have an airworthy Lightning on static display in our museum (here's a photo), but it was ultimately sold to Ronald Fagen and is now in Minnesota at the Fagen Fighters facility with the "Ruff Stuff" nose art.

Since our museum was built large enough to house the real one, we decided to buy a full-sized P‑38 replica, which is currently on exhibit.

There is also ample space for individual displays of the Fighter Squadrons, Fighter Groups and WASPs, members of each who have built and furnished their displays within the Museum. 

Each display houses historic, priceless photographs, antiques and memorabilia from WWII having to do with their specific outfits.

There are genuine artifacts of all kinds.  The entire history of the P‑38 Lightning can be found in this one facility. The walls are lined with countless photos of this beautiful aircraft and the men and women who built, maintained and flew it.

Needless to say, these exhibits offer a unique opportunity for visitors to have a genuine "P‑38 Experience."

The photos alone are worth a trip to Riverside, but the Museum doesn't stop there. Each group has gathered original uniforms (with combat ribbons), parts from the aircraft, gas masks, canteens, aircrew scarves, maps and much more, (all under the watchful eye of 24-hour live surveillance to ensure their safekeeping).

Dioramas

The P‑38 Museum has two exceptional dioramas, both built with volunteer manpower and materials by P‑38 Association volunteers Howard Ramshorn, Lowell Stacy and Stan Jones.

March Field Diorama

This diorama shows March Air Force base circa 1942‑43 when it was an active P‑38 base. View this amazing exhibit by clicking on the photo below:

March Field P-38 Diorama

March Field Diorama

Willsie/Andrews Diorama

This diorama depicts the incredible rescue story of Dick Andrews and Dick Willsie (read about that here!), and features an interactive video with the pilots telling their story in their own words!


Andrews-Willsie Diorama

Docents

Each Docent volunteers their time at the Museum to answer questions and act as "hosts" to our visitors. All Docent Duty is coordinated with great dedication by P‑38 pilot Joe Onesty.

If you have a passion for the P‑38 and a few hours to spare, we sure could use your help.

We offer free training, so if your spirit is willing, let us know. (Details here.)

Active Docents

Kathleen Amour
Patsy and Bob Arnold
James Bridges

Dick Castellano
Fred Deweerd
Ted Firster
Stan Jones
Marv Kuebler
“Rick” Logan
LLoyd Navarro
Don Nichols
Toni Olson
Joseph P. Onesty
Howard & Maryann Ramshorn
Dorothy Skidmore
Ron Smith
Gary Trammell
"Wass" Wasemiller