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Museum opens cockpits for annual event

Museum opens cockpits for annual event

Castle Air Museum's open cockpit day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

POSTED September 3, 2010 10:21 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to see inside a B-52 bomber, a SR-71 spy plane, or an F-15 fighter jet?

This Sunday, flight enthusiasts will have their chance to do just that at Castle Air Museum’s fall open cockpit day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Twenty-five of the 53 aircraft at the Castle Air Museum will have their cockpits open for public viewing.

“There’s always long lines for the B-52,” said Joe Pruzzo, executive director of the Castle Air Museum Foundation.

In addition to cockpit viewing, the event will feature helicopter rides, radio-control model displays, and radio-control helicopters in flight.

A highlight of the day will be a seminar by retired Air Force Major Brian Shul, who flew the SR-71 on display at Castle Air Museum. Shul will speak about flying the Blackbird over Libya at three times the speed of sound, outracing a surface-to-air missile in the process. Shul will speak at 11 a.m., and again at 2 p.m.

Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for those age 6 to 17, and free for kids age 5 and under. A family of four can tour the cockpits for just $30, and active military are free with valid id.

Castle Air Museum is located at 5050 Santa Fe Dr., Atwater. For more information, call 723-2178, or visit

To contact Alex Cantatore, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2005.

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