Monthly Dinner Special Guest Speaker
August 5th, 2015
No Host Bar Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Jim Escalle was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley town of Delano, California. After attending the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, he went on to receive a degree in Liberal Studies from Fresno State in 1983.
When Jim was around eight years old, he was told that he had an uncle who fought and died in the Korean War. At the time, he had been fascinated with anything related to World War II, especially the air war. Jim liked to watch movies on the subject, along with reading just about every book he could find. He also enjoyed going to local air shows and seeing airplanes such as the P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt going through their amazing aerial maneuvers.
But it wasn't until Jim began the research on his uncle's life and his involvement in the Korean War that he came to appreciate the sacrifice his uncle's generation made for our country. His book "Unforgotten Hero" not only pays tribute to his uncle, but to every airman who fought and died over the skies of Korea. He will bring copies of his book for anyone who wants to purchase one.
Jim currently lives in Bakersfield and has been involved in public education for over 25 years.
View pictures from June 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
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.
Warbirds Wings & Wheels 7 was an outstanding success thanks to the great number of Estrella Warbird Museum members who volunteered, headed by Dan & Carol Verstuyft, to insure that everything went smoothly. Take some time and enjoy all the pictures, leave a comment or share your own pictures of the event. The Verstuyfts wish to thank everyone involved for their invaluable assistance!
Estrella Warbird Museum Curator, Jill Thayer, recently had the privilege of interviewing Bonnie Meyer, a lovely 92 year old WWII WAC Veteran who served in the Mediterranean Theater. Her oral history will be transcribed and featured in a future exhibition at Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles. The narratives will also be contributed on behalf of the museum to the Smithsonian Institution.
Pfauter Red Ball Express Building Starts Taking Shape
The second portion of a three phase major expansion for Estrella Warbirds Museum, the 5000 square foot Pfauter "Red Ball Express" building, has been nearly completed.
which will house an exceptional collection of WWII vehicles, many which took 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.