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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  • This is a very nice musuem. It was raining for most of the day. So no beach day. Went yo hotel lobby to look for places to go. Found this musuem. I was impressed they had alot of historical items to s...  more »
  • Very impressed with the immersion into the 1940s period which was their hayday. Intro film sets the stage while in the briefing room. Some exhibits you can climb in. Lots of planes but also some USCG ...  more »
  • We discovered the museum on a rainy day in Cape May, while looking for something to do inside and we were so glad we did! When our morning at Historic Cold Spring Village got rained out, the woman at ...  more »
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  • Very interesting museum! Many interactive staff, big area, different ✈. And one thing that I'm love it - they have helicopters and airplanes with open front part. You can just seat instead pilot and imagine that you drive!
  • My 6 year old grandson loved it. I wished I could have spent more time to learn more about each of the exhibits. I was a docent tour guide on the Batleship New Jersey for 12 years. Guided tours would be good for you too, so visitors could learn more each aircraft, its mission, accomplishments etc.
  • Was my second visit. Was really crowded this time, they force all visitors to go through the gift shop which becomes a serious bottleneck. All exhibits are interesting. Really worth the visit
  • 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!

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