Monthly Dinner Special Guest Speaker
Mar 4th, 2015
"JB" James E. Brown III
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
No Host Bar Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Jim Brown graduated “With Distinction” from the Virginia Military Institute in 1976 with a BS Degree in Civil Engineering, earned a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University and completed graduate study in Mechanical Engineering with California State University, Fresno.
Following two European tours flying the F-4 and F-5 he was selected to attend the USAF Test Pilot School where he graduated with Class 86A in December of 1986 and was presented the Onazuka Propwash Award by his classmates. Following graduation he tested the A-7, F-15 Eagle and then performed flight trials on numerous prototype aircraft which remain classified. Leaving the USAF in 1992, he spent 2 years flying the 737 for United Airlines. In 1994 he was hired by the Lockheed Skunk Works as an Experimental Test Pilot in the F-117 Stealth Fighter.
After flying the Stealth for eight years and serving at the Chief Test Pilot, he was selected to test the F-22 Raptor. He served as the Lead Test Pilot for the Raptor Program at Edwards Air Force Base, CA and in July 2011 took over as the F-22 Chief Test Pilot.
In April 2012 he surpassed 1,000 flight hours in the Raptor. In June 2013 JB left the high performance cockpit to become the Chief of Flight Operations at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Projects – the “Skunk Works”.
He now maintains his currency (and sanity) in a vintage Cessna 195. JB is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He has logged over 8,800 flight hours in 134 different models of aircraft and is the world’s highest time Stealth Fighter pilot
View pictures from March dinner click here.
Dinner is catered and open to the public ($17/person), reservations are required prior to 6 p.m., Monday prior to dinner, either On-line HERE or call 805 296-1935
Meet Jill Thayer, Ph.D.
Estrella Warbirds Museum is pleased to announce the hiring of Jill Thayer, Ph.D., whom will assume the role of Museum Curator. Jill brings her experience, education, and passion to the curatorial position at Estrella Warbird Museum. A native of Sacramento, an over 40-year resident of Bakersfield, and a new resident to the Central Coast, she brings plenty of curatorial experience and knowledge to this key role. No stranger to military aviation, her father William G. Thayer served in the U.S. Army as Sergeant of Transportation in the Korean War, and her great uncles were WWII pilots––Laurence “Bud” Schillig Thayer, a Flight Officer in the U.S. Army Air Forces; and Alan Austin Thayer, a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the U.S. Navy.
You can read plenty more about Dr. Jill at this link, and make sure you stop by the museum and introduce yourself to her!
Pfauter Red Ball Express Building Starts Taking Shape
The second portion of a three phase major expansion for Estrella Warbirds Museum is currently taking advantage of the great spring weather. Steel columns and purlons began to be set in place the second week of March.
The 5000 square foot Pfauter "Red Ball Express" building will house an exceptional collection of WWII vehicles, many which were part of the famous "Red Ball Express". The collection is generously being provided by Herman Phauter. We are thankful for his interest in Estrella Warbirds Museum and the fact that he shares the same goal we do in wishing to preserve yesterday's history for tomorrows generation.
We are hoping to have construction completed early summer. As you may be aware, all construction projects are fully funded prior to commencemnt of any project. We pride ourselves in raising our own funds without the assistance of goverment grants. We are a local community based 501(c)(3) non-profit and have grown tremendously since the original idea of a museum by two wonderful men with two airplanes and a big vision. Little did they know were we will be today.
Follow the construction progress pictures. click here.
Museum Docents Make it all Happen!
Estrella Warbirds Museum relies on an outstanding cast of volunteer docents to help run the museum, the gift shop, the automobile display.
It's a great place to make new friends and meet people from all over the world that stop by Paso Robles to visit the museum!
If you would like to volunteers a few hours each month, or week, let us know. We would love to meet you! Stop by the museum or find more information here.