|Our journey today will take us to Estrella Warbirds Museum and Woodland Auto Display. It is a little know museum at the airport that we heard about from the Hearst Castle bus driver.
By Christmas 1943, some 1,550 military personnel were stationed at Estrella and the Navy auxiliary airfield southeast of Paso Robles, Sherwood Field. Estrella USAAFB was under the jurisdiction of the Santa Maria Army Air Force Base, to be used to train pilots in night flying. The based was used primarily as a "back up" training field for the squadrons stationed at Santa Maria. At the time, the primary airplane being utilized for training was the P-38. Although there were never any great number of P-38's assigned to Estrella, the plane definitely left its mark on the local area (not to mention various parts deposited in local farm land). The P-38 Lockheed Lightning is a plane that changed the course of flying history. I am pretty sure you will agree that we never would have won WW II without the help of this extraordinary aircraft. It was amazing how much stuff they have in this museum. Very clean and laid out for an easy visit. As you see by the pictures there was lots of stuff.
Also on site is the Woodland Auto Display. It is a magnificent sight to see all the different cars plus all the race cars they have. The place is just beautiful with the shiny cars and friendly docent’s assisting with any questions. This was a great stop.
We stopped at Jack in the Box for lunch since we have not been in one of these restaurants on this trip, it was very good, like a Wendy’s. We stopped at an In and Out Hamburger a couple of weeks ago, will not be stopping again, food was not very good.
Took a stroll downtown Paso Robles, place is very busy in the wine tasting venues but other than that it was dead for a Saturday.
The Paso Robles Pioneer Museum was started in 1971 to preserve the heritage of the area. It was very nice with each area set up with a time theme. They had lots of stuff, kind of a big garage sale but it was nice for this museum. They did have several old vehicles, horse drawn wagons and bicycles. It was a great stop for the price, free.
We will be pulling out tomorrow morning heading north to Salinas California.