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2017 Volunteer Awards Luncheon

From left to right
Dave Florek, Master of Ceremonies
Rick Shea, Heritage Center curator
Phil Lancaster, Heritage Center Foundation President
Bob Zirzow, Special Recognition Award Winner

Photo by Enrique

Travis Heritage Center - Volunteer Recognition Awards Luncheon
March 2017

Ole! Bravo! Applause! Thank You!

The February 2017 Travis Heritage Center Volunteer Awards luncheon was a delicious Mexican-themed, pot-luck lunch, with music provided by members of the Band of the Golden West. The event was sponsored by the Travis AFB Heritage Center Foundation, chaired by President Phil Lancaster.

      Award Winners:
      Restoration Volunteer of the Year: Christopher Whitham
      Gift Shop Volunteer of the Year: Les Yu
      Docent of the Year: Ken Endrizzi
      Special Recognition: Bob Zirzow

Chris, Les and Ken each received a $100 gift certificate for Merchant and Main Restaurant in Vacaville. Bob received a 4-day, all expenses paid trip to the US Air Force National Museum at Wright Patterson AFB, OH.

In attendance was 60th AMW Vice Wing Commander, Col. Thomas Pauly who provided a stirring and inspirational talk about volunteering. Also in attendance was the 60th AMW Director of Staff, Col. Michael Tiemann.

















Travis Heritage Center - Volunteer Recognition Awards Luncheon - March 2016

2016 Volunteer Awards Luncheon          2016 Volunteer Awards

            From left to right (above-right-photo)
            Mike Venning - Special Achievement Award
            Lois Zirzow - Gift Shop Attendant of the Year
            Jonna Doolittle Hoppes - Guest Speaker
            Phil Lancaster - Foundation President
            Carl Bresette - Preservationist of the Year
            Richard Terp - Docent of the Year

















February 26, 2016
Travis Heritage Center Undergoes Changes
By Ian Thompson, Daily Republic, Fairfield-Suisun, California

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The Travis Heritage Center is undergoing a transformation that will narrow its scope of exhibits to better show visitors the history of Travis, military airlift and the commands that have called the installation home since it was started during World War II.


That means doing away or cutting back exhibits such as the ones on World War I and space exploration; better displaying exhibits such as the one on Consairways, the contract airline that flew supplies from Travis Air Force Base to the Pacific during World War II; or adding exhibits such as one planned on David Grant Medical Center.

“We will be downsizing some exhibits and expanding other exhibits,” center curator Rick Shea said.  Read the entire article here...

















June 25th, 2015
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing
of our dear friend John P. Doolittle.


John P. DoolittleA member of one of the most distinguished aviation families in history and a retired Air Force Colonel, John will be missed by all who knew his ready smile and cheerful disposition. The Jimmy Doolittle Center owes an incalculable debt of gratitude for his support and guidance in the creation of the Doolittle Center in Vacaville, CA. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

For memorial contributions, the family has designated the
Jimmy Doolittle Center.

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January 5, 2015
It is with great sadness, we announce...
Dr. David G. Styles passed early Monday afternoon.

Dr. David G. StylesNot a day went by that he didn't greet you with a smile on his face, a firm handshake, and then ask you how your day was going.

David always had history and the preservation of it, a priority in life. It showed not only by his authored penmanship, but by the numerous project contributions he made over the years to the Travis Heritage Center and the Jimmy Doolittle Center. 

David will be dearly missed. Please keep his family in your prayers as they go through this tragic time. Godspeed David!




Tribute Video from David’s Friends at Travis Heritage Center












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A plane lands...


October 2, 2014
A plane lands during the Mustangs and More Air Show
at Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville, in 2013.

VACAVILLE, CALIF.--World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft with names such as Sparky, Red Dog XII and Merlin’s Magic are scheduled October 18, 2014 to return to the Nut Tree Airport for the sixth annual Mustangs & More Days air show.

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Duncan Miller


Duncan Miller Memorial Service Announced . . .
August 18, 2014, 1-4 PM, Nut Tree Airport, CA.

Duncan Miller, beloved Solano County CA and Travis AFB community volunteer, instructor pilot extraordinaire and former member of the Jimmy Doolittle Museum Foundation Board, passed away Monday evening, August 11, 2014. Duncan was 93 years old.  Read more about Duncan Miller.

Blue skies to a dear friend. PALS FOREVER.













2014 Volunteer Recogniton Awards


2014 Travis Heritage Center Volunteer Recognition Awards Luncheon:

From left to right (click the photo to view a larger image)
Bob Zirzow – Manager of the Year
Chris Whitham – Restoration Volunteer of the Year
Tanya Norden – Special Recognition
George Buchanan – Retired Board Member
Duane Wooden – Docent Volunteer of the Year
Betsy Ratashak-Vogel – Special Achievement
Charles Dawes – Retired Board Member













Mustangs & More


October 12th, 2013

Thank you!

Hearty applause to all participants who made Mustangs & More 2013
a successful, enjoyable and safe event.













Fred Lewis


August 13th, 2013

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA — Dear Friends, It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Fred Lewis. Fred died in an airplane accident on Tuesday, August 13, along with his aerial observer. Fred was President of the Travis Heritage Center and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Jimmy Doolittle Museum. He was a guiding light in helping realize our ambitious plans. Our deepest sympathies are with the families at this time, and we ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

"...when night has fallen I, delivered, shall read my course in the stars."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry -













Just Plane PreservationC-7 Wash Day


May 20th, 2013
Just Plane Preservation

5/20/2013 - TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- There is a lot of history at Travis. From the critical role of ferrying aircraft to the Pacific Theater in World War II, to bringing home prisoners of war from the Vietnam War, the base has seen it all.

Even more recent events like Operation Pacific Passage or the Hurricane Sandy relief may go down in the history books as shining moments for Travis, but only time will tell. One way to preserve the rich and storied history here is to take care of the aircraft attached to that history.

Read the complete article     See the C-7 wash day photos













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January 21st, 2013
Announcing New CEO
for Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum Education Foundation

FAIRFIELD, CALIF.--Brian McInerney joins the Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum team as CEO, a new position established to support the overall direction of the ambitious project, the Foundation board announced recently.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012
Tribute to World War II Aviator General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle

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Join the Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum as we partner with the USS Hornet in Alameda to honor famous aviation pioneer Jimmy Doolittle who was born in Alameda. His most legendary achievement was leading a daring WWII air raid on Japan in April 1942, seventy years ago. Members of his family, friends, crewmen from Hornet CV-8 and former AAF personnel who flew with LtCol Doolittle will be key guests. It's likely this is the last time any of the remaining five Doolittle Raiders will ever be in the Bay Area, so come out and cheer your heroes!

















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