Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, Cape May

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Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport, Cape May County, New Jersey, into an aircraft museum honoring the Navy airmen who died while training during World War II.

Hangar # 1 was listed onto the National Register of Historic Places in September of 1997.

Naval Air station (NAS) Wildwood was commissioned on April 1, 1943. The site served as an active dive-bomber squadron training facility from 1943 to 1945. Aircraft stationed at NAS Wildwood included TBM Avengers, Douglas Dauntlesses, Vought Corsairs and Curtiss Helldivers. Forty-two airmen perished while training at NAS Wildwood during World War II.

In June 1997, NASW Foundation purchased Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. The 92,000 square-foot all-wooden structure was in a state of disrepair and required extensive renovation. Under the stewardship of NASW Foundation, the hangar was listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places at the National Significance Level.

NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum now boasts over 26 aircraft displays as well as exhibits of military memorabilia, engines, photographs and more. Additionally, the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia has provided NAS Wildwood with a wealth of interactive exhibits that allow visitors to discover the science of flight. The museum also features a library, food vending area as well as a recently expanded gift shop.

In its role as a community resource, NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum regularly hosts activities including fly-ins, aviation festivals, big band concerts, swing dances, veterans’ ceremonies, historical lectures, school field trips and senior tours.
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  • Went with a 5 year old and 10 year old they both loved it as much as we did. Really cool and authentic. Not too commercialized and they allow you to do things you could never do like sit in the cockpi...  more »
  • This is one of the most awesome aviation museums I've ever seen right next to the Cape May Airport. Well worth a visit  more »
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  • We have visited this museum several times over the years and it is always a wonderful experience! We love getting an up close look at all of the airplanes. They have a nice collection of photographs and artifacts. The staff is very friendly and the prices are reasonable. I also placed an order on their website and received my item very quickly. It is obvious that this place is maintained by people who love what they do. We'll definitely be back!
  • Such great aviation history! Was there during the Labor Day Holiday Event & had one awesome time seeing & touring through the WWII bombers & Fighter planes! With great tasting food, music entertainment, & the roar of the WWII planes taking off & flying by, this was a very good time had by all!

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