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Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum

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Address: 4000 W Perimeter Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-3514
Phone Number: 754 300-9259
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Thu 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description:

National Register of Historic Places.

Mission Statement:

Educating....

National Register of Historic Places.

Mission Statement:

Educating. Preserving. Honoring the Heroes

BACKGROUND HISTORY:

Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale (NASFL) was built on the site of Merle Fogg Field in 1942 as part of the national defense program; serving as one among 257 air stations during World War II, and as one of a few specialty schools for training on the TBM/TBF Avenger aircraft. NAS Fort Lauderdale made a big impact in the growth and economy of the South Florida region and the United States as a whole. Building # 8, The Link Trainer Building housed 6-8 Link Trainer flight simulators. It is the only remaining structure left on the naval base property—sole reminder of a naval complex of more than 200 buildings. This building is now the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum.

The Museum has been instrumental in preserving the memory of Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. Flight 19 flew out of NAS Fort Lauderdale on 5 December 1945, to vanish into the Bermuda Triangle. In addition, 19 year old future US President George H. W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign, to train as a torpedo/bomber pilot. From October 1942 to October 1946 the base would train American and British pilots and thousands of aircrewmen from the U.S and other countries.

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Nice little Museum on history of the Naval base that helped build Ft Lauderdale and History of the area

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2016
Steven D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Nice little Museum on history of the Naval base that helped build Ft Lauderdale and History of the area

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

My son who is a boy scout needed to find places to visit while we were down in Florida visiting family. He found this amazing place. Our tour guide was wonderful cant remember his name but Gary took care of making sure we had our tour. Lots of information on flight 19. Also about President George Bush. They do have... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

A docent tour provided fascinating details about this little known WW2 training and flight center. It's tiny but needs at least 1 hour to glean all the background, see the displays and peruse the library (great for researchers). George HW Bush trained here. On Perimeter Rd at Ft Lauderdale airport. I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in Florida's... More 

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Orlando, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Took my grandsons to this small museum near the airport and saw a side of Ft. Lauderdale other than the beaches;cruise port and resorts. It has a lot of history in a small space. Information on its mission during WW II with the first George Bush having had his training there, with a recreation of what his barracks room would... More 

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Sunrise, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

We are locals and have been looking forward to going to the NAS Ft. Lauderdale Museum. We went on May 15, 2016. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by a guide who gave us a complete tour of the exhibits. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and explained all the exhibits, uniforms and other items on view. Our guide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Our group was looking for something to do for a few hours between a cruise and airport departure. We had tried to go to the airshow but it was too crowded and didn't have enough time to see it all before leaving for the airport to return home. This Air Museum is a little odd in that it doesn't have... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

I am a U.S. Navy Officer (Retired)! I did not even know they had a Museum dedicated to Navy Air Stations in Fort Lauderdale. Yet when I stumbled upon it, I was absolutely delighted to be there (and) "The Museum did a GREAT Job in highlighting Navy Life from a realistic, but creative prospective. I even learned a thing or... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Airports. Most are pretty generic. Some are terrible. But Ft. Lauderdale International, in addition to be a pretty great airport, has a hidden gem at the end of its runway area. The Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station Museum. In an unassuming building at the edge of the airport is a treasure trove of information, displays, plaques, models and more. What... More 

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4 Thank sea2005
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

this is a great place for young and old. You can see the various sights and memorabilia from a bygone era. Those who served will reminisce while those who are younger and they can see what it was like.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

President George H.W. Bush (1st. Bush) trained here during WWII to learn to fly the Grumman TBF Avenger. The museum has a room dedicated to him and he has actually visited the place. A volunteer spent an hour or more with me to show me around. They have an original Link Trainer and many small artifacts and airplane models. The... More 

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