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Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
Ranked #4 of 62 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 February 5, 2014

Last year (June 2013) they had a 5K run on the runway the first weekend in June that my husband ran in. He loved it and the course finished through the hangar. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed viewing the displays and aircrafts they had there. The U.S. Coast Guard cadets (they have a Coast Guard base in Cape May) came to run also and it was neat to watch them. They also had a course for younger kids to run. Everyone was enjoying themselves and he’s running again this year (June 7th). P.S. after the run the runners (21 and older) can get a cup of beer from the Cape May Brewery in the hanger (the brewery is close to the museum, if you're interested). Would definitely recommend a visit to the musueam at any time of the year.

Thank Peggy T
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NASW_Aviation_Museum, Manager at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2014


Thanks so much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your tour.

Just wanted to let you know that the date of the 5k this year is JUNE 14th! Early bird registration is already available on our website: http://www.usnasw.org/?page_id=56. Feel free to call us with any questions.

Hope to see you at the race!

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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Great display of aircraft from different eras. Worth the trip if staying anywhere in the NJ shore area.

Thank dcd0127
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

During World War 2 NASW was created to train dive bomber pilots for aircraft carrier duty. 35 pilots and crew died in a relatively short period of time. NASW is housed in Hangar 1 which has been restored to its former self. There is a large number of aircraft on display. The museum is unique in that most aircraft can be "touched". In addition some may be entered. There are also other displays pertaining to life in that era. Well worth a visit!

Thank Edward K
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Visited the museum over Labor Day weekend and were treated to a tour through B17 and B25 World War II bombers. That was the icing on the cake, because the planes and exhibits in the renovated hanger were first class. Really interested in their plans to provide motel type rooms in the facility that housed pilots who were in training at the airport.

My son and grandson loved the ability to sit in the cockpits of the helicopters and fighter planes.

Even if it's a good beach day, this is a worthwhile side trip while you're in Cape May

Thank W3LIA-Bob
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

My son (14) and I go every year for a hands on visit of the collection of WW II-Vietnam era aircraft of all types including the new Coast Guard vessel under renovation. The museum allows kids & adults into the cockpits etc. my son always has a great time. Everytime we go we learn something different about the historical significance relating to the exhibit. I highly recommend the Airfest event at the end of the summer which features WWII Bombers & P51 fighter that are still flying along with cut-a-ways of engines and other interactive displays. Great for kids of all ages!

Thank Christopher W
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