Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, Cape May

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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Steve B
New Jersey3 contributions
The exhibits were much more than we expected. We thought we would only be there an hour and actually spent 3 hours looking at the exhibits and reading all the information. This was so much better than I had anticipated and would go back again.
We met the founder Joe Salvatore (a retired MD from NYC and northern NJ). His passion and knowledge were so refreshing and informative. The exhibits range from early aviation to the modern day.
There is something for everyone here and you can actually climb into some of the cockpits to get a feel of what it was like, making the experience even better.
The only note I have is that if you go off season bring something a bit warm as there is no heat in the building.
A true piece of history about the naval station in Wildwood during WWII and military aviation in general.
Don't miss the opportunity to go if you have the chance
Written February 13, 2022
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Anne Meintel
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Cape May and Wildwood have so much to do and see that we almost missed this amazing attraction. We've often eaten breakfast at the Flight Deck Diner in the Cape May Airport which has the best breakfast in the area. Afterwards we would watch the planes take off and land. We would view the Viet Nam exhibit as well remembering this horrific war. This time we decided to view the NASW Aviation Museum, We had just watched the Top Gun movie and had read that the F14 Tom Cat is at them museum. We were in awe of how many planes and artifacts that were on display. While being amazed at the size of the F14 we spent over two hours seeing everything the museum offered. My husband is a retired Navy man and he hasn't stopped talking about all we saw. This is something that brings history to life. I hope families take advantage of this opportunity. What a great place for a school trip for a real history lesson.
Written July 13, 2022
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arubaphil
Kinnelon, NJ502 contributions
When visiting Cape May, my wife and I explored the Naval Air Station Museum. The day was very interesting as it began with a film about the history of the Air Station during WWII. The exhibits ranged from WWII fighter planes, jets, helicopters and many other aviation artifacts. This is a very interesting way to spend a few hours to experience WWII history and the brave members of the military that we should all be proud of. Definitely worth the visit.
Written September 15, 2021
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Michele W
6 contributions
I am not a history buff by a long short, but this place is amazing! So much to learn about what went on in one of our favorite shore towns. The exhibits are just full of information, many other topics that relate to NASW as well. Plenty of aircraft for kids to climb into, and other interactive displays. The building itself is just amazing to look at and think about the activities that happened there! We came for the first time last year, and now it's a must do on our annual vacation to Stone Harbor!
Written August 4, 2022
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,694 contributions
I have never been much on Aviation Museums with their big spaces and loaded with old planes but this museum was different. The museum showcased Cape May's part in WWII and the history around the area. I had not realized what a big roll it played in both the Navy and the Marines in the area and how the locals helped the war effort.

There were all sorts of planes and displays that you could climb into, many local members who made their careers in the service and how they participated in the war and an outdoor area to admire bigger planes.

Each of the smaller kiosks gave a smaller interpretation of the war effort including people socializing at the local VFW and on the Boardwalks of Wildwood and Cape May. They even had a 9/11 display with the movie "Boatlift" on the largest Marine evacuation of people off lower Manhattan on 9/11. That was fascinating.

It is really worth the trip out to the airport to see this important part of local history.
Written September 23, 2021
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Karen J S
Wilmington, DE353 contributions
When visiting Cape May, we happened upon the museum via a "tourist map", an accidental thing. This museum was the highlight of our trip. It is remarkable in so many ways. We particularly enjoyed the Enigma Machine, the Coast guard section (especially the film about 911 and the boat lift off of lower Manhattan), the descriptions of particular fighter jets, the role of women in aviation, and the Tuskegee airmen. There is something for everyone at this museum. Children are welcome and so many experiences open to them. I'd recommend this remarkable museum to everyone. We plan to return and take our grandsons.
Written June 19, 2021
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Thank you so much for visiting the Aviation Museum and also for the wonderful review. Please tell your friends and family and come back again soon!
Written July 20, 2021
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Amparo S
Edison, NJ7 contributions
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Museum is very educational and filled with so much history. Enjoyed our visit and learned so much about our military history as you travel back in time looking at the exhibits and reading about them. A must see.
Written July 24, 2021
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Dennis S
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I visited the Museum with some first time visitors and we were all so impressed with the exhibits and the respect for their history. A special thanks to Joanie at the Gift Shop / Ticket sales. Her enthusiasm and knowledge made us feel welcome. Some young boys from the nearby neighborhood wanted to enter and I offered to buy their tickets but Joanie wouldn't take money but let them in instead with a scavenger hunt history questionnaire to be completed, great idea, thanks Joanie.
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Written May 24, 2021
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Anders Maxwell
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Having an interest in American military history, my wife and I visited the NAS Aviation Museum while staying in Cape May. The Museum was the highlight of our visit to Cape May. Joanie, the Museum's attendant, provided a warm welcome as well as a personal perspective. The collection includes several of America's most storied combat aircraft from WWII and aircraft and helicopters from the Vietnam conflict.
The Museum also has histories of several WWII heroes from the South Jersey area and wonderful Life Magazine cover photos from the War years.
Written May 20, 2022
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kas3912016
Key West, FL18 contributions
One of the better aviation museums I've been in and the best part is you can bring your dog! Lots of different aircraft, etc. on display with nice signs giving information about each display. Definitely worth a look if you are at all into aviation, even if you don't have a dog.
Written February 21, 2022
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