Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, Cape May

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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.
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  • Excellent collection of aircraft and military memorabilia in a smaller museum. Offers great interactive displays for children and adults.  more »
  • What a wonderful excursion! In fact, it was our whole reason for visiting from Virginia and we weren't disappointed. The museum staff are incredibly helpful. Vintage aircraft, 1940s vignettes. Kids (a...  more »
  • We have made trips to Wildwood for around 10 years now and until recently, weren't aware this place existed. Having a young child now who is always on the go, when it rains on vacation your options ar...  more »
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  • We went to the airshow last September. Loads of history and interesting exhibits. People couldn't have been nicer.
  • So, so glad we visited here! My daughter is 15 months old, only been walking a few weeks. I heard the place was kid-friendly but with a real little toddler, you never really know. We were very, very pleased with this place, even for her age. There was lots to do and see. We could've spent hours there, easily. The exhibits are so awesome. Many touchable exhibits also. Excellent 9/11 exibit and tribute to military veterans. Would definitely come back again. Highly recommend for everyone.
  • Cool experience at the Wildwood Naval Air station. Only mistake was going on a hot sunny day. Hangers are a very warm place to hang out. A nice collection of crafts with an interesting collection of local history. Definitely kid friendly as a lot of cockpit switching has been significantly used.
  • A good piece of history in South Jersey, being the airfield was one of several,including the base at Milleville that were constructed for the war effort in WW2. Plenty of aircraft from ww2 to the present to see.As a sidenote, there is a Viet Nam museum across the street with a nice array of items from that war on display.Enjoy
  • Very nice museum. Interactive exhibits for my 4 yr old son. Historical exhibits for my 60+ yr old father. They also keep it well ventilated, plenty of fans made it feel cool on the hot day we went.

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