Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2017. The staff at the Aviation Museum has created a limited edition 20th Anniversary Challenge Coin that is part of the 2017 Membership Challenge which starts today. With a goal of 350 new members in 2017, each new and renewing member will receive, for free, one of the limited edition coins.
Challenge coins or medallions were traditionally used in the military, bearing the organization’s insignia or emblem and they were carried by members only. These coins proved membership when challenged and also boosted morale. Some refer to them as “military trading cards” as they are highly sought after and collectible.
NASW Aviation Museum Challenge Coins are a symbol of the foundation and staff’s appreciation to the many people who have supported and helped restore, improve and bring life back to Hangar #1. NASW Chairman Dr. Joseph Salvatore was quoted in 1997 after acquiring the hangar; “I’m delighted, I realized it would take a long time.” Still delighted and still going strong with his original mission two decades later, Dr. Salvatore is grateful and pleased with the non-profit foundation’s efforts as well as the hard work of many others. Dr. Salvatore added; “Everyone involved can be proud of the progress made to restore this piece of Cape May County History.” His vision for the museum has lasted more than a “long time” and has surely enriched the lives of many locals and visitors alike.
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is located in Historic Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. The airport was once Naval Air Station Wildwood, which served as a World War II dive-bomber training center. The museum is dedicated to the 42 airmen who perished while training at Naval Air Station Wildwood between 1943 and 1945. For information on becoming a member and receiving the challenge coin, call 609-886-8787 or visit www.usnasw.org Pictured below is the front and back of Limited Edition Challenge Coin.