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“Great planes”

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 October 26, 2013

This is a great place to go on a rainy day. You can actually get in some of the planes. Very family friendly and fun place.

Thank SPhin
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is a great place to visit, especially if you are a history buff, or have children who are interested in airplanes. The staff are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, and the variety of exhibits are impressive. It's one of the best values at the shore!

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

In our many trips to Cape May, this was one place we had never known about until now (thank you TripAdvisor for the heads up). Payment was on the honor system, and we never saw a staff member until the end of our wanderings (of almost 2 hours). Lots of old planes and helicopters, most from the WW II and Vietnam eras, several that you could enter. Displays about entertainers, war heroes, culture, history, science. It's all here. Not posh or polished (It's in an old hanger, and some of the displays have been there a LONG time!) but educational all the same. My husband especially enjoyed the exhibits on radios and radar. Well worth a visit.

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NASW_Aviation_Museum, Front Office Manager at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

Thank you for visiting! We are so glad you enjoyed the museum.

Especially in the off-season, we do keep a small staff. If you have questions or need staff assistance for any reason, just ring the buzzer by the gift shop and we will be with you within a few minutes.

We are glad to have added a full-time Curator to our staff this fall. Please visit again next year or anytime in the future to see newly refreshed exhibits, coming soon!

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

I have been to Wildwood for vacations and day trips and never even knew this was here! What a nice outing this is for people of all ages. My husband climbed into every aircraft he could. We had a great time, and really learned alot about the history of the air station. Would recommend going to.
P.S. You can even take your dog with you (as long as they are on their leash)

Thank ononotu
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

This was a great chance to see some aircraft up very close, and even sit in the cockpits of some helicopters and planes. I wish my kids had been with us! Many of the aircraft had damaged instrument boards and whatnot, but it was a great experience anyway. There were a number of other exhibits, mostly about WWII and the 40s, and I enjoyed them, too.

Thank ChristineWC
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