The P‑38 Museum is appropriately housed in an airplane hangar, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, CA.
You can't really miss our sign on the East side of I‑215 near March ARB in Southern California.
Our museum is named after and dedicated to Chief Test Pilot, Tony LeVier, who flew over 200 different types of aircraft, declaring the P‑38 to be his favorite! Read more about Tony LeVier.
In the beginning...
After the P‑38 National Association was founded in May of 1987, one of it's proudest accomplishments was building the Museum, which is supported on contributions of memorabilia and donations from the public and our Association Members.
Construction on the Museum began in the late 80's and was supervised with perfection by P‑38 pilot, and former Association President, Dick Willsie. Have a look at the early construction photos of the Museum, and see what it looks like today!
We have two sculptures on display. One is of Tony LeVier (on which you can have engraved your name or the name of a loved one). The other is the amazing P‑38 sculpture which we donated to the March Air Museum, and it is displayed in their main courtyard!
You can view a larger image of each sculpture by clicking on it.
The entire P‑38 Museum project was accomplished with volunteer man hours and volunteer dollars -- what an extraordinary accomplishment!P-38 Exhibits
Sadly, we don't have the millions of dollars that it would take to purchase a P‑38, even if one could be found (no easy task with so few surviving these days).
We did, however, originally have an airworthy Lightning on static display in our museum (here's a photo), but it was ultimately sold to Ronald Fagen and is now in Minnesota at the Fagen Fighters facility with the "Ruff Stuff" nose art.
Since our museum was built large enough to house the real one, we decided to buy a full-sized P‑38 replica, which is currently on exhibit.
There is also ample space for individual displays of the Fighter Squadrons, Fighter Groups and WASPs, members of each who have built and furnished their displays within the Museum.
Each display houses historic, priceless photographs, antiques and memorabilia from WWII having to do with their specific outfits.
There are genuine artifacts of all kinds. The entire history of the P‑38 Lightning can be found in this one facility. The walls are lined with countless photos of this beautiful aircraft and the men and women who built, maintained and flew it.
Needless to say, these exhibits offer a unique opportunity for visitors to have a genuine "P‑38 Experience."
The photos alone are worth a trip to Riverside, but the Museum doesn't stop there. Each group has gathered original uniforms (with combat ribbons), parts from the aircraft, gas masks, canteens, aircrew scarves, maps and much more, (all under the watchful eye of 24-hour live surveillance to ensure their safekeeping).