During World War II, the bombsight was one of America's best kept secrets. It was used to aid the crew of bomber aircraft in deploying bombs accurately.
The bombsight was used by the United states Army, Air Force and Navy during World War II and also the Korean and Vietnam Wars too.
The Enigma Machine was an electro-mechanical code machine developed and used by Germany during World War II for military communications.
The centerpiece of this new exhibit reads: “On the morning of September 11, 2001, as the World Trade Center tragedy unfolded, thousands of men and women who were on or near the waters of New York harbor converged in any way possible. Answering the Coast Guard’s radio call for all available boats, hundreds of vessels raced across the Hudson and East Rivers.” Over the course of the day, they helped to evacuate over 300,000 people from Manhattan.
Visitors can view photos and actually listen to first-hand accounts of individuals who participated in the evacuation of Manhattan. The exhibit, donated to the Aviation Museum by US Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, tells the story of 9/11 from a unique perspective. The “All Available Boats” exhibit is part of NASW Aviation Museum’s Special Exhibit area dedicated to the Coast Guard.
The Aviation Museum offers visitors the chance to fly an aircraft. Try to take off, fly, and land in a modern Coast Guard aircraft with the Coast Guard simulator! One visitor can play at a time, located inside the Coast Guard Exhibit Area.
This authentic air traffic control tower came from Atlantic City’s Bader Field. The tower has been restored and installed in the museum. Visitors can climb up the tower and listen to real air traffic chatter. From the top of the tower, visitors can also talk to the bottom of the tower and to one of the museum’s aircraft! Visit the museum to try your hand at being an air traffic controller!
These displays are dedicated to people in our local community who made a big difference during WWII and beyond. Local heroes include Charles W. Sandman JR, William F. Band, Capt. George C. Shoemaker USNR and Marvin Hume.
Wright Brothers fans take note: now you can learn all about the science of flight without leaving Cape May County! Interactive exhibits and educational panels explained complexities such as “How Airplanes Fly” to generations of Franklin Institute visitors and have found a new home at NASW Aviation Museum. The Franklin Institute closed its Hall of Aviation for renovations in March of 2003; with limited storage space available, some favorite aviation exhibits were donated to NASW.
Visit the museum to see these great interactive exhibits and learn all about the science of flight!