P-38 National Association
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It Began with a Dream
The year was 1996. The goal was to build the largest and most comprehensive collection of P‑38 material ever assembled under one roof.
The Museum would share the history of the P‑38 from design to construction to flight.
Memorabilia of all things concerning the operations and exploits of what we believe to be the most magnificent and versatile fighter aircraft of its time would be on display for the general public to enjoy. Visitors would be able to learn more about the important part the P‑38 played in winning World War II.
Squadron histories and hundreds of artifacts and original photos (many from private collections never before seen in public) would be on display. Artifacts to give our visitors a real “hands-on” feeling of what it must have been like for those brave and daring P‑38 airmen of World War II.
VISIT THE MUSEUM
We are temporarily closed due to a legal dispute with the March Field Air Museum.
We are truly sorry if you have tried to visit the P‑38 Museum but were not able to because MFAM has changed the locks on our hangar and told us that we need to get their permission before entering! Apart from disappointing those of you who wanted to visit us, this is causing unwarranted harm to our reputation and our ability to do business.
We have a legal agreement with them, signed by both parties and dated in 2008, which has never been superseded or invalidated. It gives us authorization to have our Museum on their grounds for as long as we are in business. For some reason unknown to us they have decided after nearly 30 years that it is no longer a valid agreement, and they wish to take possession of our property.
Our P‑38 Museum was built by WWII P‑38 pilots, crew members and others with hands-on experience with the Lightning. They spent their own money and labor building it, and we are determined to maintain it in its current location, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base where the P‑38 took its first flight.
This has forced an unneccesary legal fight. But their harassment and bullying has not discouraged us. We are determined to continue defending our property and our rightful place. (Can you say David versus Goliath?)
Hopefully this will be resolved soon and we can once again throw open our doors and put a smile on the faces of all of you who love the P‑38 as much as we do!
These legal fees are building up, so if you’d like to help us cover those costs, the two options are outlined in the right-hand column under the heading Fundraiser Links.
P-38 Museum and Tony LeVier Hangar
(Located adjacent to the March Air Reserve Base)
22550 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92518
When coming from the North, exit at Van Buren and turn left (over the I-215) and continue past the stop light into the Museum grounds. When coming from the South, exit at Van Buren and turn right into the Museum grounds.
P-38 National Association
21392 Palomar St., Unit 56
Wildomar CA 92565
Cheer us on!
If you’d like to help us defend ourselves with a financial donation, you can do that by choosing one of the options below. Additionally they both have QR codes if you prefer to contribute that way by scanning the image with your cell phone. That will take you straight to the donation form. Any amount you’d like to donate will help our mission. Thanks!.
The entire P‑38 Museum project was accomplished with volunteer man hours and volunteer dollars — what an extraordinary accomplishment!
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 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!
Our P-38 Museum is well over 20 years old, and was past due for a facelift. But, actually, we did much more than that. Our P-38 Museum has been completely remodeled. It has taken us nearly eight months to complete the job and tens of thousands of dollars.
That’s where you can help. Since we do not receive any funding from the USAF, Lockheed or the March Field Air Museum, your help really counts with us! Make Your Remodel Donation here. If you’re ever in the area, please stop by and check it out!
Offering visitors a genuine “P‑38 Experience.”
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 Howard & Maryann Ramshorn.
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.
The P-38 Association is always looking for helping hands. Whether it’s helping out at our P‑38 Museum in Riverside, CA, or volunteering to be “boots on the ground” at air shows, membership drives or a myriad of other activities, we welcome your participation. Just fill in this brief form and someone from our organization will be in touch!
Become a Member!
There are plenty of ways that you can help support us in our mission. You can become a member of the P‑38 Association, of course. Everyone is welcome to join, and that gives us legs to stand on in our march into the future.