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Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: National Register of Historic Places. Mission Statement: Educating. Preserving. Honoring the Heroes BACKGROUND HISTORY: Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale (NASFL) was built on the site of Merle Fogg Field in 1942 as part of the national defense program; serving as one among 257 air stations during World War II, and as one of a few specialty schools for training on the TBM/TBF Avenger aircraft. NAS Fort Lauderdale made a big impact in the growth and economy of the South Florida region and the United States as a whole. Building # 8, The Link Trainer Building housed 6-8 Link Trainer flight simulators. It is the only remaining structure left on the naval base property—sole reminder of a naval complex of more than 200 buildings. This building is now the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum. The Museum has been instrumental in preserving the memory of Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. Flight 19 flew out of NAS Fort Lauderdale on 5 December 1945, to vanish into the Bermuda Triangle. In addition, 19 year old future US President George H. W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign, to train as a torpedo/bomber pilot. From October 1942 to October 1946 the base would train American and British pilots and thousands of aircrewmen from the U.S and other countries.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Park Ridge, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“See this place!”
Reviewed 30 April 2013

By all means go to this place. It is really a labor of love for Dr. John & Minerva. They really need your support. Anyone who has any interest in our nation's history needs to go. Check w/them when they are open & buy some souvenirs. Also, be careful when you turn on your navigator as it will direct you to the Ft Lauderdale Executive Airport, north of this place, which was also known as NAS Fort Lauderdale, & believe it or not, you will also get lost!

Visited April 2013
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san antonio, tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great museum”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

This museum is minutes away from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) airport. It's worth a stop for anyone traveling in the area and you can easily stop in as you travel to or from the airport. Call ahead to make sure it's open as the staff is all volunteer and hours are limited. We stopped in on a Thursday afternoon to find a delightful staff that was eager to share their knowledge. We even got to visit with a WWII hero that helped to found the museum. The museum is free of charge but donations are welcome and needed.

Visited March 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Know your history”
Reviewed 18 September 2012

Ever watch Flight 19 on the History Channel? It all began right here in our city! Come and visit; You will be surprised at how much history connects you with Fort Lauderdale not to mention the lasting impression made on the aviation industry. I came to volunteer but left with a wealth of historical knowledge! The Naval Air Museum is looking for volunteers and help from builders, plumbers, and landscapers. As far as the fee- donations are accepted and welcomed. Contact Diane: 954.253.7096

Visited October 2011
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South Florida, Florida
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“Great Historic Place”
Reviewed 31 July 2012

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum is "the Best Little Museum that you haven't seen" With WWII memorabilia and artifacts. The only military Museum in Broward County, Florida. It's on the national register of historic places, with many vintage books and photographs, a large aviation mural, many original naval paintings and drawings, plane and ship models, a recreation barracks room, a historic link trainer flight simulator, and very helpful volunteers.

They are remodeling some of their spaces, so call them ahead to reserve a tour. They give personalized, private tours. Free parking, donations are accepted.

Their website: www.nasflmuseum.com

Visited June 2012
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