Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum, located at the Cape May Airport, will once again partner with The Collings Foundation to host AirFest and the 2014 Wings of Freedom tour. Famous WWII aircraft will be visiting Cape May County and historic Hangar #1 for three days. This year, AirFest will take place during the week, Wednesday-Friday August 27-29. As the Museum’s largest annual fundraising event, AirFest will include music, food, vendors, exhibits and much more. New for 2014, enjoy a beer garden and live music (Thursday 8/28 only). Stop by to experience “living history.” 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 flight experiences. For flight reservations and tour information call 800-568-8924. For more information, visit our AirFest page.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-886-8787) to register any middle or high school student, or for more information.
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!
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.
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.
Naval 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.