Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center

Christmas 2016

December 2016 Exhibit of the Month - C-54 “Skymaster”

C-54 "Skymaster"

Article below by Mark Wilderman, 60th Air Mobility Wing Historian

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- From its activation in May 1943 until the end of 1944, the primary mission of the new Fairfield-Suisun Army Air Base was to prepare United States war planes and their aircrews for combat deployment to the Pacific Theater of operations.

The base prepared more than 2,000 such aircraft between July 1943 and January 1945, with a monthly peak of 274 aircraft in June 1944. The base also hosted a Curtiss C-46 Commando training school and a cargo operations school, established in late September 1943 and staffed by civilian instructors. On Nov. 7, the growing importance of the base was confirmed when the War Department designated the Fairfield-Suisun AAB as a port of aerial embarcation for the Pacific Theater.  Read the full article...

Gift Shop News

Gift Shop
Gift Shop

Have you felt the nip of Jack Frost at your nose?
Our gift shop has winter items for sale! 

We also have the following books in the gift shop
signed by the authors available for sale:

  • Taong Labas novel by Ken Sayler
  • Calculated Risk Memoir by Jonna Doolittle Hoppes
  • Just Doing My Job by Jonna Doolittle Hoppes
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THC Volunteer Workforce

THC Volunteer Workforce
THC Volunteer Workforce

Volunteers from the Travis Heritage Center pose for a group photo Sept. 22, 2016 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The Travis Heritage Center has a variety of historic airlift aircraft on display, assorted exhibits pertaining to military operations and a picnic area. The Heritage Center also has a Gift shop designed to make your visit a lasting memory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Charles Rivezzo)

Travis Heritage Center changing with volunteer work force
By Merrie Schilter-Lowe , 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs / Published September 23, 2016

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The literal translation of “volunteer Air Force” is a group of people who join the military rather than being conscripted or drafted. Loosely translated, the term means “there’s a job to do and you’re the Airman tasked to do it.”

At the Travis Heritage Center at Travis Air Force Base, California, volunteer force describes people who continue to serve the military, but without pay.

“We average 15 volunteers per week who donate about 1,100 hours per month,” said Rick Shea, curator.
He said these selfless individuals from all military branches do everything from mopping floors to running the gift shop, maintaining the center’s social media site and restoring aircraft.   Read the full article here...

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