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Forrest Johnson
Veteran: North Korea

View pictures from January dinner and speaker click here.

Dinner is catered and open to the public ($20/person), reservations are required prior to 6 p.m., Monday prior to dinner, either
On-line HERE or
call 805 296-1935

February Monthly Dinner
Wednesday, Mar 1st, 2017
No Host Bar 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

Lontime Estrella Warbird Museum member and docent Forrest Johnson was born in Pond Creek, Oklahoma during the Great Depression of 1930. At the tender age of 21 he joined the U S Marines and was sent to Korea as part of the United Nations “police action” attempt to prevent North Korean and Chinese Communists from invading the South.

After a year of combat Forrest was shipped back home and found his way to Southern California where he spent 31 years with the Laguna Beach Fire Department; 20 years riding a fire truck and 11 years as training and operations officer. He and his wife Marilyn (married in 1953) moved to Atascadero in 1985 where both became very active in volunteering.

Besides volunteering for our museum, Forrest is a 47 year member of Kiwanis International and a Founder of the Atascadero Veterans Memorial. He is also a licensed private pilot, takes care of a 10-acre walnut grove and raises exotic birds as a hobby.

Forrest remains jovial and optimistic in spite of the horrors he experienced in the frozen mountains of Korea over 65 years ago. He is a true American patriot who did a job his country asked him to do!

Dick Rutan Visits Estrella Warbirds Museum

Dick Rutan's Visit
L-R: Wayne Rice, Toni Moore, Carol Verstuyft, Ron Brooks, Sherm Smoot, Dick Rutan, Scott Stelzle, Ren Stelloh, Rob Kinnear, and Georg Marret (behind the camera)

World renown aircraft designer, world record-breaking aviator, Richard Glen "Dick" Rutan, visited Estrella Warbirds Museum to meet with the staff share some of his unique aviation insights. Dick Rutan was the Commander of the 1986 flight of the Rutan Voyger, as it made the first non-stop, unfueled flight around the world. His co-pilot was Jeana Yeager. Click here for more pictures thanks to Michael Levine.

Warbirds Wings & Wheels Goes National!

Watch Dennis Gage show off Warbirds Wings & Wheels 8 on national TV. You can now watch the entire episode on our Warbirds Wings & Wheels 9 pages. Click here to view!

Dennis Gage was at Estrella Warbirds Museum last May to film for an upcoming episode of "My Classic Car". We received the following from him concerning show dates for the episode:

  • It will premiere on NBC Sports Network on Tuesday, Jan 10 at 4:30 pm ET.
  • It will then air on Velocity on Saturday, Jan 14 at 8:30 am ET.
  • It will also air on MAVTV on Friday, Feb 17 at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm ET, and on Sunday, Feb 20 at 9:00 am & 12:00 pm ET.
  • Believe it or not, it will even air on MAVTV on Monday, Feb 21 at 3:30 am ET and Monday Feb 28 at 3:00 am ET.
  • It will air again on all networks six months from the original dates.
  • Rev’n (a relatively new over-the-air network) will also run the episode numerous times throughout the year (and into eternity) on a random schedule beginning in April.

Please note, the times listed are Eastern Time. Congratulations to Carol and Dan Verstuyft for co-managing Warbirds Wings & Wheels 8

...And In Other National News:

If you have visited the Woodland Auto Display this past year at Estella Warbirds Museum, you would have seen this Robert Yates car #28, diven by Davey Allison, on display. As of January 7th, it is on loan to an incredible organization. For just the third time since it opened in 2010, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will have a new feature displayed on its Glory Road exhibit -- one that highlights the most legendary drivers in the history of the sport. It takes some drivers years to make their mark on NASCAR’s premier series. In 1987, however, second-generation driver Davey Allison made headlines in his first full season. His five poles and two wins led to Rookie of the Year honors and a record that would stand for 12 seasons. Robert Yates, who served as engine builder on the car, took over as owner in 1989. He kept Allison on as driver and launched Robert Yates Racing

You can read more about the exhibit and view a video in the AutoWeek.com article which talks about this car, click here. How cool is that? Thanks Dick Woodland, for taking a critical part in this project!

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