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“A must see far all who love aircraft”

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
Ranked #4 of 59 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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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“A must see far all who love aircraft”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

The collection is impressive, including aircraft from the 1930s through modern carrier-based fighters. There's even a MIG-15. Visitors are encouraged to touch and even sit in some of the exhibits. The chairman and founder, Dr. Salvatore is not only a charming and gracious host, he obviously enjoys interacting with visitors, and sharing his enthusiasm for aviation. Anyone in the southern New Jersey area should seriously consider a visit to this place; there's something for everyone: fanatics, as well as those who just like to see how things work, and take in a bit of history.

Visited July 2014
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Waynesboro, Virginia
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“NAS Wildwood Museum”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Outstanding --- planes and memorabilia, particularly, the important historical information about each was most informative --- On each return to Cape May, I always take the time to visit
NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum --- Joe, Pete, and Jen were most helpful and courteous ---

Visited July 2014
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Oxford, Pennsylvania
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“Unique museum -- up close to historic aircraft”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

The history of the WWII hangar and of the collection of planes and helicopters fill the museum. I love the real, imperfect state of the exhibits, where you can touch the planes and sit in the helicopters. I have visited many times over the years and always find something new. My favorite is the Korean War era Russian MIG.

Visited July 2014
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east hanover,new jersey
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“SUCH A GRSAT PLACE TO VISIT ”
Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

Took my family there today from age 8 to 78. We had an awesome time. Place was fascinating !!! A must see for the aviation enthusiast. The owner makes you feel like your family. The dog tag machine was not working properly but he did not want to disappoint my son so somehow he got the machine up and running and made him one. Great gift shop and top notch employes. Thank you for a great time.

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Hatboro, Pennsylvania
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“A Unexpected joy!”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Visiting my sister in Clermont NJ we discussed what we could do for a day trip. We decided to go to the museum. My first thought was oh how boring, but being with my two sisters and brother in law was our first priority. You enter thru the gift shop, the fee for the museum is $10, we got a discount bc we are seniors The visit was worth every penny and more, my eldest sister got stuck in an airplane and needed help getting out, we got a good laugh over that. There is a room there that takes you back in time to the 40's we loved that and big band music is played throughout. If its raining, snowing or the wind is blowing here is a treat for all of us. It makes me proud to be an American!!!

Visited July 2014
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