Naval Air Station DeLand was a United States Naval Air Station located in DeLand, Florida from 1942 to 1946. After the war, the airfield and associated infrastructure was redeveloped into DeLand Municipal Airport
DeLand Airport, pre-World War IIThe City of DeLand first began developing a civilian airport in the 1920s, with the first asphalt runway laid on or about 1936. With the outbreak of World War II and the entry of the United States into the war in 1941, the City of DeLand donated the airport facility to the U.S. Navy in 1942 for development as a naval air station.
Official OpeningIn 1942, the City of DeLand donated the facility that was located on the grounds to the U.S. Navy and it was renamed Naval Air Station DeLand on 17 November. The airfield officially opened after several months of additional land acquisition and extensive military building construction. CAPT Tom Turner, the air station's first commanding officer, officiated. A Navy band had not yet been formed for the air station, so the DeLand High School band played for the opening of the base. Following still more extensive military construction, NAS DeLand's primary focus became advanced training for Navy flight crews in land-based Lockheed PBO-1 Hudson (later Lockheed PV-1 Ventura) and Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer patrol bombers, as well as carrier-based Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers. Plan to see DeLand Naval Air Station Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our DeLand day trip planning site.
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This war museum collection of items was displayed beautifully and the bonus was a retired military guide pointing out things for us.
This war museum collection of items was displayed beautifully and the bonus was a retired military guide pointing out things for us. more »
This was an United States Naval Air Station from 1942 to 1946. After the war, the Airfield (across from the Museum), was redeveloped into DeLand Municipal Airport. The museum is located across the...
This was an United States Naval Air Station from 1942 to 1946. After the war, the Airfield (across from the Museum), was redeveloped into DeLand Municipal Airport. The museum is located across the... more »
Small but very educational museum. They were actively restoring a military plane while we were visiting. My military obsessed son (7) thought that was awesome. One of the gentlemen took the time to explain what they were doing and how. Would recommend stopping by.
An absolute hidden gem of military history right under our noses. While not much to look at from the street, both the small main building up front and the larger hanger out back contain a treasure trove of military memorabilia, photographs, and aircraft that you would not expect to find in this area. The Vietnam era patrol boat on-site is under restoration but can be toured, and the F-14 Tomcat on-site is an absolute treat to see up close. The star of the show, however, is absolutely the world War II era Avenger torpedo bomber in the back hanger, which shows all the hard work and love that went into restoring it.
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