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“Great place to see classic aircraft closeup!”

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.
Cape May, New Jersey
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145 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great place to see classic aircraft closeup!”
Reviewed 27 September 2011

Where else can you get close to an F14, T3 or Mig 15? A great place to spend a few hours with the kids or any aviation affection-ado!

Visited May 2011
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Carteret, New Jersey
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“great history @ wildwood museum”
Reviewed 25 September 2011

nice side trip for aviation buffs. small, but very nice history of some south Jersey facts about aviation.Also Vietnam museum right next door. and a restaurant on premises w/ very good food. We love airplanes and it was a nice trip on a rainy day. also could watch small aircraft land on air strip next to museum.

Visited June 2011
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Kentfield, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Something for everyone!”
Reviewed 12 August 2011

What a great find! Our family loved this place. Everyone enjoyed sitting in authentic planes,helicopters,etc. The little ones especially enjoyed the air traffic control tower and the other kids especially enjoyed the interactive exhibits. Historian buffs will not be disappointed either! We spent the entire morning here and look forward to coming back next year. A big thank you to the founder for preserving such important history and for making it so fun for family outings. (Location great! - at a local airport. Cute cafe on site)

Visited July 2011
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Barnegat, New Jersey
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“Truly interactive. And truly fun.”
Reviewed 10 August 2011

When I went with my family, there was no staff there. No one in the gift shop, no one in the hangar to explain anything, but it was still great, you could go right up to WW2 planes and look under their wings, climb into a transport helicopter and watch a detailed video, or look into the cockpit of a fighter. It was well worth the visit, even if on that day there was only one man working on a plane.

Visited April 2011
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“You can sit in planes!”
Reviewed 27 July 2011

My boys ages 12 and 8 loved it. Will go again! They loved to climb in the F-14 fighter plane and the coast guard helicopter. The air traffic control tower was neat too. Staff very friendly and great giftshop at the end. Affordable.

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