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“Interesting for young and old alike”

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
Ranked #4 of 59 things to do in Cape May
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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.
Lewes, Delaware
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608 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 368 helpful votes
“Interesting for young and old alike”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Many interesting and informative displays including WWII and more modern aircraft, as well as helicopters. There is even a model of a US thermonuclear bomb. On certain occasions they fly in a B 17 and a B 24 to be explored. Its a great visit for a young boy, or an older man who might have seen some of the aircraft in action. Many women and girls find the exhibits interesting, as well. One can easily spend several hours enjoying the museum. There is also a gift shop to browse.

Visited August 2012
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Timonium, Maryland
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very Nice Museum”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Lots of information and great exhibits. Really liked the F14 on display plus the video of a mission from pilot's viewpoint. Not just naval exhibits -- other aircraft and displays.

Visited October 2012
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rochester,new york
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226 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Life size planes”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Our group arrived 1/2 hour before closing so we did not have much time to waste. Saw a 7 minute movie that told about the base and training during the war. Very interesting. Worth a trip.

Visited October 2012
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Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“WHAT A GREAT PLACE!”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

We all enjoyed the planes, even my daughter who just got stung by a bee at the zoo stopped crying and had a blast! It's not very big but it was entertaining and fun to be able to get into some of the planes.

Visited September 2012
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Harrisburg Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great museum!”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

We try to visit every year. Great displays, they have aircraft from several eras (helocopters also). It originally was an operating hangar. If you love military aircraft you have to visit!

Visited August 2012
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