The Golden State. California has diverse geography ranging from the Sierra Nevada in the east to the Pacific Coast in the west, from the redwood–Douglas fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by the Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest point (Mount Whitney) and the lowest point (Death Valley) in the contiguous United States.
The Museum's mission is to exhibit, educate visitors about the role of World War II combat aircraft and the role pilots and American citizens had in winning the war. It contains one of the world's largest collections of flying World War II warplanes, many of which were built in Southern California.