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Registration Now Open for Summer Camps & Runway 5k

Registration Now Open for Summer Camps & Runway 5k

The USNAW Aviation museum is pleased to offer you some exciting opportunities to come out and enjoy our museum. Please join us for our educational camps and fun events.

Our ACE Academy and Explorer camps offer educational opportunities for children of all ages. Come learn about the history of our facility, learn about the mechanics of flight and sit in the cockpit of some of the aircraft we have on display. Click one of the links below for more information on what we have to offer and how to get involved.

We also have plenty of exciting events planned this year. Registration for our Runway 5K and Fun Walk is now open. Check out all of the information on what’s involved and how to participate at the link below.

ACE Academy Registration Information Click Here


Explorer Camp Registration Click Here


Runway 5K & Fun Walk Registration Click Here

Happy Holidays From USNASW Aviation Museum

Happy Holidays From USNASW Aviation Museum

Mini Cars Sept 11

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Aviation Career Academy 2011 Dates Announced

NASW will again host an Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy in 2011. The Academy will give students an overview of the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills while exploring real world careers in the aviation industry.

In 2010, students took actual airplane rides, toured an FAA Air Traffic Control Tower, saw a live demonstration of the FAA’s High Performance Research Vehicle, and much more! The camp also included fly-ins and subsequent career overviews from the US Navy, US Army, NJ State Police, and Atlanticare Medivac. 2011′s ACE Academy will include many of the same features and more!

The Academy will run from June 27th to July 1st in 2011.  Contact Bruce Fournier ( or 609-886-8787) to register any middle or high school student, or for more information.

Students in Blackhawk

Press of Atlantic City Article

Check out the coverage of NASW’s most recent grant in the Press of Atlantic City! Click here to go to the article.

Dr. Salvatore receiving the check from Freeholder Desiderio

Museum Educator Promoted to Position of Deputy Director!

Museum Director Joseph E. Salvatore, MD and the museum’s Board of Directors would like to announce the promotion of Mr. Bruce A. Fournier to the position of museum Deputy Director. Mr. Fournier is a life-long resident of Cape May County and has been employed at NASW since April of 2009 serving as museum educator.

As Deputy Director, Mr. Fournier will take on a management role in overall museum operations while also holding his former responsibilities for educational programming, the annual Historic Lecture Series, AirFest and the museum newsletter. He holds a B.A. in History from Youngstown State University, attended classes at the La Salle University Non Profit Center and has twenty three years of retail experience here in Cape May County. Mr. Fournier is also an active volunteer for Lower Township Little League.

Next time you stop by Hangar #1, be sure to congratulate Deputy Director Fournier!

Dr. Salvatore and Mr. Fournier

Naval Air Wildwood Book Released

The Museum would like to announce that NASW Executive Director Joseph E. Salvatore, MD and Architectural Historian, Joan Berkey have released a new book titled Images of Aviation, Naval Air Station Wildwood.

The book will be available for sale at the museum gift shop.  Mention that you saw it on our website and receive 10% discount.

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Restored Control Tower Returns to Wildwood Naval Air Station

Over a year ago, the former control tower from Atlantic City’s Bader Field Airport arrived at Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) here needing restoration. The tower arrived disassembled with steel girders and a catwalk in a stack and the control section sitting on a flatbed trailer.

Read the full story on the Cape May County Herald website

Naval Air Wildwood in AircraftOwner Magazine!

aircraftownermagNaval Air Wildwood is featured in an article by Kevin McKinney in AircraftOwner Online Magazine, “Old Meets News at a Southern New Jersey Aviation Museum.”

The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum in Rio Grande, NJ, boasts an impressive collection of some 19 classic flying machines in its historic 1943 hangar. There’s the Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Kaydet, one of the most widely used basic trainers during World War II.

Also, housed in the museum’s 92,000 square-foot, all-wooden hangar is the “Huey” helicopter, which first appeared during the Vietnam War. Perhaps, the museum’s most prized possession is the TBM-3E Avenger, a World War II torpedo bomber — one of just seven aircraft in the country to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Historic World War II Bombers to Visit NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum for 13th Annual AirFest

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum and The Collings Foundation have extended AirFest and The Wings of Freedom Tour for 2009. This year, AirFest will take place over Labor Day Weekend, Friday September 4th through Monday September 7th. The Museum will host the event which will include music, food, vendors, exhibits and much more. Stop by NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum to experience this “living history” event. Famous WWII aircraft will be visiting Cape May County and historic Hangar #1 for four days. The tour will feature the P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator The public will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to view, explore and even take a flight in these historic treasures. Separate fees required for fighter and bomber tours and flight experiences. For flight reservations and tour information call 800-568-8924.

NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum boasts over 26 aircraft displays as well as exhibits of military memorabilia, engines, photographs, interactive exhibits that allow visitors to discover the science of flight and more. Museum admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for children aged 3 -12, under age 3 are free. Hours of operation are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm open Monday through Sunday rain or shine. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is located in Historic Hangar No. 1 at the Cape May Airport, New Jersey. Cape May Airport was formerly 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 more information, contact Cindy Craft at (609) 886-8787 by email at or visit the Hangar’s website

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NASW Aviation Museum

500 Forrestal Road
Cape May Airport
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
(609) 886-8787

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