Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, Cape May

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Military Museum
The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is an aviation museum located at the Cape May Airport in Lower Township, in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States.FacilitiesThe Cape May Airport, which hosts the museum, was originally constructed by the U.S. Navy from 1941-1942. Commissioned in April 1943 as Naval Air Station Rio Grande, the field was so named due to its proximity to the community of Rio Grande, New Jersey. Due to problems with mail, telegram and telephone service, caused in part by confusion with Rio Grande City, Texas, the Navy opted to rename the airfield as Naval Air Station Wildwood in June 1943. The air station remained in operation as an active naval installation throughout World War II, primarily focused on training operations for Naval Aviators and enlisted Naval Aircrewmen in dive bomber, torpedo bomber and fighter aircraft. Following the end of World War II, the airfield was declared excess to military requirements and was converted to a civilian airport.The museum is located in the airport's Hangar #1, which is typical of the design of many U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft hangars of the 1940s, many of which are still in use today at both active Naval Air Stations, Marine Corps Air Stations and Coast Guard Air Stations across the United States, as well as other civilian airports that formerly served as air stations. The museum's hangar is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • We had a fun time seeing the airplanes. They had lots of different WW II planes. Also trucks, helicopter, interactive things. Wouldn't take up a whole day, but it was a nice break from the beach and w...  more »
  • This museum has a lot history which is given in a variety of formats (video, static displays and interactive displays). Being able to sit in the pilot seat on many of the aircraft was enlightening and...  more »
  • This museum has a really impressive selection of old planes and helicopters (26 of them!) that you can sit in and get a feel for what it would have been like to fly them (assuming you have a solid ima...  more »
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  • This place was Amazing. The history behind the Aircrafts of all shapes and sizes... The restoration and upkeep if the hangar is very impressive. Great place to go if you love WW2 history.
  • Great hidden gem in Cape May. Good for history buffs or anyone curious about planes. Good mix of reading, videos and hands on exhibits. It was fun to sit in a two seater plane and helicopters!
  • Interesting museum for adults and kids. They have F-16, F-14, MiG-15, and many other famous aircrafts on display.
  • Its almost a shame that there are so many cool things in a place where no one lives. If you love the military, or planes in general, you'll be blown away.
  • It's great that you can set your own pace for checking everything out. We've gone a few times and it is never too busy. The staff in the gift shop is extremely helpful about the surrounding area, too.