Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Warbirds West Air Museum, Inc.

  • La Mesa, CA
  • www.wwam.org

Mission Statement

Support the public display of Military Aircraft and Vehicles and Artillery in Southern California. Air Shows, Parades, Static and Formation Fly By Displays are sponsored, as well as Missing Man Memorial Flights for Service Members who request it, and public education of military aircraft, and military aviation careers, Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge / Eagle Scout Projects.

Main Programs

  1. Open to the Public Large Hangar Expansion
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Southern California, San Diego County, El Cajon (Gillespie Field) and Airshows throughout the Southwestern USA

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr James Ostrich

Keywords

Self-reported

Air Museum, Warbirds, T-28, T-34, L-29, DC-3, B-25, L-17A, C-45H, Mig21, M2A1 105mm Howitzer, Glamour Gal

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Also Known As

WWAM

EIN

20-0067668

 Number

5422303954

Physical Address

1850 Joe Crosson Drive Hangars G and H (High Performance Aircraft)

El Cajon, CA 92020

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Educational Warbird Ride Experinces for the Public;
Provider of  Historic Military Formation Fly Bys for Parades, Civic Events
Missing Man Memorial Flights for Veterans in Southern California
Annual Free Flu Shot Clinic serving East County San Diego
Free Aviaiton Merit Badge Programs for Boy Scouts as well as Eagle Projects Sponsored
Economical Warbird Rides at Airshows around the SW USA

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Open to the Public Large Hangar Expansion

Sponsorship of a large 100 x 150 publically accessable hangar at Gillespie Field, San Diego CA; Housing our T-34A Mentor, L-17A Navion, T-28C Trojan, C-45H Twin Beech and L-29C Soviet Block Turbojet Primary Trainer;

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$750,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Southern California, San Diego County, El Cajon (Gillespie Field) and Airshows throughout the Southwestern USA

Funding Needs

We have raised $250K of $750K needed.  We have 2 years to raise $500K.

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WARBIRDS WEST AIR MUSEUM INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Warbirds West Air Museum, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr James Ostrich

BIO

James Ostrich is a Captian in the Navy Reserve at the Navy Historical Center Washington Navy Yard; and Director at Qualcomm, Inc in San Diego, CA. He is an avid military historian and avaition buff. His focus is on sharing his passion and love of military aviation with the public. He is a graduate of UCLA, West Coast University, and USIU.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Our focus is on "keeping the old military aircraft flying" for historical reasons and to share the experience of old military "round engines" and jets with both the youth and older generation that flew these aircraft.   Currently we are saving for a 4x increase in hangar space so that all aircraft can be housed under one roof and that our 110 x 100 hangar will be open to the public allowing for tours, public displays, hands on activities as well as flights in the aircraft.  We work with the community sponsoring YMCA fundraisers, birthday and hangar parties for interested individuals, and work closely with the San Diego Boy Scouts of America.   We are constantly looking for interested aviation and military history enthusiasts that want to share the passion and get involved."

Governance

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