Welcome to Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
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Naval Air Station (NAS) Wildwood Aviation Museum is a non-profit museum located at the Cape May Airport inside historic Hangar #1. Commissioned in April 1943, NAS Wildwood served as an active dive-bomber squadron training facility during World War II. Today, Hangar #1 has been restored and transformed into an Aviation Museum that houses a number of aircraft, engines, special exhibits, and educational interactive displays. The museum invites visitors to explore aviation, New Jersey, military and WW II history through “hands-on,” fun and educational activities for the entire family! Bring the kids and travel back in time to this 92,000 square foot sampling of the 1940’s (and don’t forget your camera)!
Some highlights the museum offers:
- Sit in the cockpit of select aircraft!
- Climb a real air traffic control tower!
- Explore the Science of Flight with interactive displays!
- Try your hand at being a pilot with our flight simulator games!
- Visit the All Available Boats exhibit, commemorating the heroes of 9/11/01 !
- Visit our 1940′s exhibit room to see what life looked like 70 years ago!
- Explore the defenders of America’s coasts by visiting the Coast Guard exhibit area!
- View our 26 planes & helicopters up close!
Hangar #1, as well as the museum’s centerpiece (a TBM Avenger aircraft), are both listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places at a level of National Significance. In an effort to enhance the museum experience, NASW is constantly changing, renovating and adding new exhibits—all while continuing the restoration work on the Hangar. The museum’s mission is to memorialize the 42 known airmen who perished here while training during World War II, educate the public, and restore Hangar #1.
The NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
Supported in part through a grant from the New Jersey
Department of State, Office of Travel & Tourism. visitnj.org