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“One of the best WWI and WWII collections in existence!”

Military Aviation Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: World War One and Two aircraft THAT STILL FLY are the heart of this unique museum. 40,000 guests each year travel from all over the world to see our aircraft, especially during our major events and airshows. Come see why the Military Aviation Museum is one of the top attractions in all of Virginia Beach! Take a flight in an open cockpit biplane for a once in a lifetime experience, and learn about the heroes of the first fifty years of military aviation.
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Having been an aircraft (WWII) enthusiast for many years it was a great experience to see such a beautiful collection of flyable aircraft. As other collections are focussing in US and UK aircraft the Military Aviation Museum takes great effort to represent all forces. What they have achieved is no small feat. People who are interested and follow the museums efforts know that many more projects are being worked on. Even some Japanese aircraft (Tony and Oscar). Pretty impressive and a great team of dedicated professionals! Highly recommended.

Regards,

Max Ammer, Dutch citizen, travelled to specially visit this collection & team

Thank Max A
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

We went to this museum on the basis of reviews on Tripadvisor, we did not see it advertised at all. This is a World class facility, the collection of planes amazing. I think they had more planes than the Imperial War Museum at RAF Duxford in England!

Thank O2BNAPUB
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Excellent program. Extremely didatic. Amazing collection of airplanes and other extraordinary vehicles. From what I was told almost all of them are flyable.

Thank catarina l
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We just kind of stumbled in on this. 30 years ago this summer I got out of the Navy and left NAS Oceana behind. For some reason, I got my husband to drive around the perimeter of the base to see what it looked like now, and we saw the sign for the Military Aviation Museum. So we followed the signs which took us way down past Pungo (be warned, its a little bit of a drive). The first thing we saw when we got there was a bunch of dinosaurs in the field, but we forgot to ask about them because the rest of the place is so interesting. We were greeted by a very nice gentleman, one of the dedicated volunteers who keep this program running, who explained where everything was. The men were very available to answer questions. Most of the exhibits in the main building were related to World War II and most were in flying condition, so we were warned not to touch them. There was an Army hangar on one side and the Navy hangar on the other filled with mostly vintage planes which were beautifully restored and maintained. Some had doors and bomb bays open so you could see the interior or the engines. The WWI and restoration hangars are a little distance from the main hangar and they are accessed by a guided tour. The WWI planes are replicas: the fabric over wooden frame design does not stand the test of time. Our guide explained some interesting facts about the evolution of the engines in the early planes. Then we went back to visit a B-17 named "Chuckie". It's understandable how this plane became known as the "flying fortress". There is a little bit of a walk from the main building to the other hangars, but people were told they could drive and wait for the group if necessary. This would be a great rainy day outing for anyone interested in this part of our history.

Thank Jane G
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Reviewed August 23, 2012 via mobile

The museum isn't big .We really enjoyed the place.We met older gentlemen who told us interesting stories about exhibits .
My kids age 5 and 9 were very happy;-)

Thank milkasim
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