The Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAFSoCal) based at the Camarillo Airport (CMA), is planning a major expansion expected to cost around $10 million. To kick off the construction of a new hangar facility, the organization has received a $1 million donation from local antenna and sensors manufacturers Si and Betty Robin, and a $375,000 grant from the CAF headquarters in Midland, Texas, said Steve Barber, executive officer for CAFSoCal.
The reason for the expansion is the desire to create a first class museum and to provide additional space for a growing number of artifacts. “We have run out of museum display space, artifacts storage, maintenance-restoration hangars and office space,” Barber said.
The initial plan includes the addition of a multi-story museum complex that would include a theatre, gift shop, restaurant and entertainment spaces. A display hangar east of the museum complex would house the aircraft, some of which are still in flying condition. Additional maintenance hangar space is also in the plans.
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