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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…

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

Located outside of Gate 1 of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station is the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.  This is one museum that is going to have to be a trip all by itself—though what you get is worth the effort.  Pax River is the home of most of the U.S. Navy’s testing.  As such, the museum is a bit remote. Read More…

Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum

Located just west of the main entrance for Kennedy Space Center, the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum (VAC) is in its self a hidden gem. The museum is not located right next to the 405 but just a short half-mile drive through the trees on Tico Road. VAC is located on the ground of Space Coast Regional Airport (KTIX) where you can taxi right up to the Warbird Ramp making for a fun flying destination.

As you can guess from the name of the museum, the focus is on warbirds, in fact they only have one non-warbird in their collection, a Stuart 51. The VAC has an impressive collection of US Navy aircraft including an F-14 Tomcat, F-18 Hornet, F-8 Crusader, and A-6 Intruder.

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