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Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
Ranked #4 of 60 things to do in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 30, 2012

Lots to look at, very well done for a little museum, kids loved it

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Reviewed May 27, 2012

The Marines flew two seater scout planes in Vietnam? THIS is what an old MiG looked like? This Marine jet was dummied up to look like a MiG 28 for TOP GUN? Makes you appreciate some of the problems incorporated with flying military planes. There are also a few optical tests you can take that can make you appreciate some of these roadblocks even more. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed May 16, 2012

Cape May County's best kept secret. Open all year and always interesting. History buffs aren't the only ones who will love this gem of a museum.

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Reviewed May 14, 2012

lots of interesting stuff and getting better all the time

Thank MrParticular1
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Nice little museum at the Cape May County airport, great place to bring the kids on a rainy day.

Thank grakenverb
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