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NAS Wildwood—or a Museum with 4,440 Windows

Located at the Cape May County Airport in South Jersey is home to a growing, thriving aviation museum, the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum.

In 1943, the U.S. Navy leased an airfield built in 1939 from Cape May County.  The 900+ acres that had three runways was called NAS Rio Grande.  NAS Rio Grande was activated on 1 April 1943.  Due to the inability to get telegrams and mail, based on confusion with the more famous Texas town with the same name, two months later the base was recommissioned as Naval Air Station Wildwood.  By the end of 1943, the base had completed the main facility, Hangar No. 1.  From 1943-45, the base acted as a training facility for Helldivers and Avengers. Squadrons of these aircraft would hone their dive & torpedo bombing in the nearby Delaware Bay before they deployed overseas. Read More…