Estrella Warbirds Museum
Celebrating 30 Years!

Proud to be home of the

Woodland Auto Display

HOURS:
Thur., Fri., Sat., Sun. &
Legal Monday Holidays:
Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day:
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

ADMISSION:
Pricing and Special Group Tours (Minimum of 10 or more): Full Information Here



805 238-9317

4251 Dry Creek Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446

Alex McGill

Alex McGill

August Dinner

We have all placed ourselves in the care of flight crews from time to time. We have heard from many pilots about their responsibilities. This month it is an opportunity for us to learn about an integral component of the flight crew, the flight attendant.

Alex McGill is going on her 5th year as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. She graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism and immediately jumped into a flight attendant position at legacy Virgin America. After a few short years away from the aviation industry she realized that she didn’t want to “work for a living” so she returned to the airlines and is now what they call a “lifer.” She has experienced commuting, crashpads, flying through a pandemic, and the Max aircraft grounding. From beachfront resorts in Hawaii to medical emergencies at 35,000 feet, she has truly experienced a career where no two days are the same. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their ten chickens as well as working towards her commercial pilot certificate.

You will learn that there is a lot more to the responsibilities and training of flight attendants than you realize. I am sure you will enjoy hearing her take on what a day in the life of a flight attendant is all about. And the next time you fly you will be glad you know.

The Monthly Dinners are catered and reservations are required not later than 6 p.m. the Monday evening prior to the dinner so as to allow the caterer sufficient notice of how many are attending. Dinner cost $25/pp and reservations should be made at this link.


4th of July Parade

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July 4 parade
July 4 parade
July 4 parade

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The Templeton Rotary Club sponsored this 4th of July Parade and our Estrella Warbirds Museum sent a group of military vehicles from the Museum today to the parade. Our vehicles represented WWI, WWII, Viet Nam and Desert Storm eras. The vehicles were the 1912 Ford Model "T" ambulance driven by Ron Brooks, a US Army 1941 Dodge WC-4 Cargo Truck ("Doc") driven by John Everett with his wife Cheryl Everett, another US Army 1941 Dodge Cargo Truck, WC-22, driven by Greg Heidenreich, a 1942 US Army Willys MB Jeep driven by Mike Brophy, a 1966 US Army AMG "deuce-and-a-half" Gun Truck named Snoopy driven by Shane Heilmann, and "BJ" Degirolamo, and a 2008 US Army HummVee driven by Keith Dekker.

Most of these vehicles, with the exceptions of the 1942 US Army Jeep and the 2008 HummVee, were acquired and restored by Estrella Warbirds Museum restoration volunteers. Those vehicles, in many cases, were donated to the museum is less than ideal condition, then stripped down, cleaned, restored or repaired, re-painted and returned to their original conditions. The 1942 US Army Jeep was donated to the Museum a few years ago by Atascadero resident and retired Judge Ed Chidlaw, and it was already in excellent condition when he donated it. The 2008 HummVee was acquired from the US Government as surplus and also was in excellent condition when received. The restoration volunteers also spend many hours in maintaining the vehicles that go to parades so that they are reliable and roadworthy. Of course, all vehicles that go to parades are safe, have current DMV registration and insurance coverage through the Museum.

The 4th of July Parade is a ton of work for those who prepare the vehicles and drive them to the parade, but also a lot of fun for all of us. You can tell that the many hundreds of people who attend this parade are very patriotic, very enthusiastic and very respectful. We receive many "thanks", many thumbs-ups, and many shouts of Thanks! from the crowds of people. The best part for me is the look in the eyes of the children as they watch our vehicles go by and we wave directly at them. Priceless! The older generation is very appreciative too, and most wave and some salute.


New At The Woodland Auto Display

Sometimes, the most comprehensive and labor intensive items at the museum are what goes on "behind the scenes." With that being said, the following is a list of what you can expect to see in the distant and not so distant future. Dick and Claudia Woodland have been hard at work putting in as many hours as they could fit in on various WAD projects. One of the projects is in regards to the 60 to 85 year old "personal" family scrap books of Indy racecar drivers Johnny Boyd and Bill Vukovich. These do no good if they are not available to be seen by the visitors but, at the same time, they are very fragile and irreplaceable. Claudia and I have been making page protectors for everything to help preserve them and this has been very time consuming.

As an example, the Johnny Boyd scrap books are newspaper size and cover his early days of racing midgets out of the Fresno area to his climbing the ladder to race at Indianapolis numerous years from the mid 1950's through the mid 1960's. Another thing that is unique in that there are approximately 100 telegrams sent to him prior to the Indy 500s from well wishers. (How many young visitors have ever seen a telegram or no what one is?)

The Vukovich family scrap books, from Bill Vukovich's brother Mike, are more standard size but they consist of about a dozen separate scrapbooks covering his early midget days and his climb to Indianapolis 500 champion.

The other project which has taken a tremendous amount of time has been adding the display of the Jim Naylor donated die cast cars and Halmark collection to the Ken Clapp Annex of the WAD building. That part of the project has been completed. Some of the Halmark surplus collector cars etc., have been donated to the EWM gift shop so they can be sold to help raise some additional funds for WAD.

While we gathered automotive books for our library, many of the book donors also had a significant amount of aviation books. For those we set up a table at WAD and asked for donations to EWM for the books. So far, I believe we have moved approximately 10 "cases" of books.

We finally found time to move some cars around a bit plus the Erin Crocker Evernham sprint car was shipped back to Charlotte where Erin will be among the "Women in Racing" to be honored at the NASCAR Stock Car Hall of Fame.

Oh yes, we finally got started on the restoration of my newest addition, my 1953 Hudson Hornet "Twin Power". The completion date is anybody's guess.

As you can see, a lot goes on and a lot of hours are spent that really don't reflect changes on the floor of the WAD building, at least not up front but we hope to have most projects in place in time for the Warbirds Wings & Wheels car show.