History and Vision
The Travis Air Museum
The Travis Air Museum is presently housed in the old base commissary located in the middle of Travis Air Force Base. Hosting up to 60,000 visitors a year before the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the museum has seen its visitor population drop to 10% of that number due to the increased security precautions put in place after that event. It has become evident that the museum must move off base if it is to continue to be a dynamic part of civic life in northern California. The museum is run by the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Foundation.
The Future Museum
Planning for the movement of the Travis Air Museum to a future off base location is being directed by the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Education Foundation. The new museum will be named the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum.
We desire to build a new museum that is as inspirational to today’s citizens as was Jimmy Doolittle’s daring raid on Japan in April 1942.
In the dark days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and with the Japanese navy sweeping all before it throughout the Pacific – from the Aleutian Islands to Singapore and beyond – Jimmy Doolittle returned to active duty with an idea: to bomb Japan in retaliation for the raid on Pearl Harbor using the novel idea of flying bombers from aircraft carriers. The raid was successful, giving the American public a much-needed morale boost. It pointed to future risks and daring that resulted in complete victory three years later, a stunning turnaround for the fortunes of the USA, launching this country into world leadership after WW II.
The future Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum will be built around the present core collection of more than 30 aircraft and thousands of historical artifacts, the largest such collection between San Francisco and Seattle.
The museum will seek to become the pre-eminent military museum in Northern California, to inspire our youth with the boldness of our “greatest generation” in war and peace, to inform the public about the history of the Jimmy Doolittle raid, the history of Travis Air Force Base, and the history of the US Air Force.
The new museum will be built with private donations. We would be honored to have your assistance in this large undertaking. Please see “Donations” on the Main Menu.
We are grateful to the family of Jimmy Doolittle and to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders organization for the gift of the use of Jimmy Doolittle’s name for our new museum.