What Sets Us Apart

The North Bay Air Museum is dedicated to preserving WWII aircraft for generations to come. We strive to honor those who gave so much to our country while educating the public about aviation history.

Inspiring younger generations to build an interest in flight, engineering and science through the preservation of American aviation history is at the core of our mission.  By showcasing and offering flights in these historical WWII planes we hope to provide a rare opportunity to the community in Sonoma and beyond.

The Aircraft

Our beautifully restored aircraft allow us to share the WWII flight experience with anyone from 8 years of age to 102 (our oldest passenger)! If you area WWII Veteran, the flight is on us.

Currently on loan to the museum, and available for flights, are a Curtiss P40 Kittyhawk and a North American P51 Mustang.

NBAM is a 501c3 non-profit organization that does not receive any local, state or federal government funds.  Please consider joining our museum, as membership funds enable the Museum to further its mission.  Your generous donations help NBAM achieve its goal of allowing you not only a peek into the past, but an actual flight into history.

From the Director, to the Pilots, the Ground Crew, and Docents, all NBAM staff are uncompensated volunteers.

P-51 Mustang taking off from runway

The Airport

Sonoma Valley Airport (aka Schellville) was started by Waldemar “Wally” Reichelt not long after he was discharged from the US Army at the end of WWII.  Since then, many pilots have earned their wings on these runways and every manner of aircraft has graced the skies over this part of Sonoma.  Currently, the Vintage Aircraft Company operates an aero tours business flying a pair of 1942 Boeing Stearman biplanes and one T6 “Texan.” They fit in perfectly next to the museum’s P40 and P51 that were built in the same era.  We are proud to be a part of the Sonoma Valley Airport family and honored to continue its rich flying history.

SVA is a privately-owned Public Use Airport serving Sonoma County since 1946. Schellville airport receives no funding from any government agency (tax payer dollars).