Travis Heritage Center Education


The Library Archives

The Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center archives are available for research during regular Heritage Center hours. Please contact the office for more information.

The library archives contain not only copies of manuals, photographs, books, videos and a myriad of other documents, but the base newspapers. Recently, these documents have been indexed. Plans are in the works to get all of these documents placed on microfilm or digitalized.

As these become available, copies will be made available to the base library, historian, PA, local libraries, the local press, and the HQ AMC History Office. 

Currently, past articles of the Travis Air Museum NEWS are being indexed.  You will soon be able to reprint certain articles from these sources that highlight various aspects of the history of the Travis Air Force base. Until recently, the information in these sources has been almost inaccessible, requiring laborious effort on the part of researchers to track down a given story or subject.

Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center Library

Visiting researchers are welcome to make copies of photos and documents on site, but the Heritage Center does not have the staff to make copies on request.

Amazing Memorabilia Christmas Menu 1943

The Foundation wishes to recognize Ben Reed for completely reorganizing the library. Ben has scanned hundreds of documents, photographs and has cataloged them in a user-friendly manner. Meanwhile, Andrea Read has taken on the task of preparing an index of the base newspapers. Thank you Andrea.

Altogether, these publications are unique sources for the military, social, and administrative history of the base. For example, the base newspapers’ archives contain both the Global Ranger and The Tailwind.

Beginning with the Global Ranger in 1966, the Heritage Center has the only complete set of these newspapers except for the years 1969 (removed by order of XO on 13 June 1970), 1971, and parts of 1975, 1977, and 1985. In addition, the Heritage Center holds many copies of the base newsletter, Front and Center, that were published in the mid 1940s when the base was established.

Piper L-4 Grasshopper Restoration


Our mission is to educate all generations through a hands-on classroom experience in restoring and preserving military aircraft, bringing them to the highest museum standards.  We welcome you to volunteer in the restoration of our Piper  L-4 and learn the skills it takes to restore an aircraft.

Piper L-4 in the Early Stages of Restoration

We work on Tuesdays, Thursdays &  Saturdays from 9am - 3pm.  If you are interested, please visit the front office or contact the Heritage Center for more information.  We are working with the Aeronautical School students of Solano Community College.  This is a long-term project so please stop by and sign up to help.

Fun For Kids


The Heritage Center urges you to enjoy learning about aviation.  Just for fun, we recommend the word search game, aviation books for kids of all ages and a few interesting facts to mull over.


Apollo Mission Word Search (answers further down page) - CLICK TO PRINT




Federal Aviation Association Recommended Books

  • The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of American Aviation.   Quentin Reynolds

  • The Story of Aviation: A Concise History of Flight.   Bill Et Gunston, Ray Bonds (Editor)

  • Get Around in Air and Space.   (Get Around Books) by Lee Sullivan Hill. Reading level: Ages 4-8

  • Fly, Bessie, Fly.  by Lynn Joseph, Yvonne Buchanan. Reading Level: Ages 4-8

  • Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft.  1997-1998 by Paul Jackson (Editor)

  • The Aviation And Aerospace Almanac.  1999 Richard Lamp (Editor) Aerospace and Aviation Daily (Compiler) Publications of Aviation Week (Compiler)

  • The Magic School Bus Taking Flight.  A Book About Flight (Magic School Bus Series) Created by Joanna Cole Created by Bruce Deem

  • Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II.   by Amy Nathan. This book is about the WASPs, the women pioneer pilots who flew for the Army Air Forces in World War II.   Reading level:  10 and up.

  • Just Plane Smart: Activities for Kids in the Air and on the Ground.   by Edwin J. C. Sobey, Ed Sobey Reading level: Ages 9-12

  • My First Plane Ride.  by Elizabeth Benjamin, Mary Lonsdale. Reading level: Ages 4-8

  • Fly High, The Story of Bessie Coleman.   by Louise Borden

  • The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft.   David Donald (Editor)

  • Jane’s Aircraft Recognition Handbook: Jane’s Military Guide.   Janes

Fascinating Facts

  • The Wright brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC could have been performed within the (150-foot) economy section of a 747-400.

  • Before Air Traffic Control Towers were developed, pilots avoided other aircraft by a method called ”see and be seen.”

  • Prior to 1926, a person could fly passengers or goods without obtaining a pilot’s license.

  • The first animal aviators were a sheep, a duck and a cockerel that were sent aloft in a hot air balloon in 1783.

  • ”Air stewardess” was the official title given to the position that we now refer to as ”Flight Attendant.” The first Air Stewardess was Ellen Church and she began work with United Airlines in May 1930.

  • Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo. In 1935, Earhart achieved two solo firsts - Hawaii to the mainland and Mexico to New York City.

  • Elizabeth Dole was the first woman to become Secretary of Transportation.

  • Harriett Quimby was the first woman to earn a pilot’s license. The year was 1911.

Apollo Mission Word Search Answers - CLICK TO PRINT


Aviation Information Links

If you would like to suggest a website to include as a link on this page, please send your suggestion to the Heritage Center Office.

Heritage Program Websites

Other aviation web sites of interest

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