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2015 Schedule of Events… Coming Soon!

May 5th          Feasting on History

Hangar #1 is the host of Historic Cold Spring Village’s Annual Restaurant Gala. Enjoy signature entrees from South Jersey’s most popular restaurants! Visit for more info.


May 10th        Auction

NASW will host Bonhams auction house as they auction off the estate of Dr. Ralph Cox Jr., which will include over 40 classic cars, engines, aviation memorabilia and more. Join us for this exciting, unique occasion! Click here for details.


May 13th        South Jersey Regional Veterans Resource & Opportunity Fair from 9AM – 2PM

The American Legion New Jersey, with its partners, will conduct a second in a series of Veteran Resource Fairs. Held at NASW, this event will provide services to veterans, assisting with issues of employment, homelessness, criminal justice, and mental health (PTSD). This event is open to all military service veterans, including active duty, National Guard, Reservists and their spouses. Veteran service providers and potential employers may register for a vendor table by contacting Jessica Richardson, American Red Cross Military Services, at or by phone at 609-562-3481.


Historic Lecture Series, Thursdays at 7:00 pm:
Lectures are free, donations are appreciated and light refreshments are provided.

 May 8th          Janis Keown-Blackburn

Did you know that only 5% of airline pilots are female? Ms. Blackburn worked as a commercial pilot for 36 years. In retirement, she has authored an aviation-themed children’s book. Join us to hear about her fascinating, trail-blazing career.

 May 15th        Maybelle Thomas & George Capua

Ms. Thomas worked at the Grumman factory in Trenton, NJ during WWII, making her a real-life Rosie the Riveter! Her nephew, Mr. Capua, worked at the same facility during the development of the Lunar module. They will share their experiences, shedding new light on NASW’s collection.

May 22nd       Andrew Schiavello, President of Honor Flight Philadelphia

 Honor Flights take on the mission of escorting WWII veterans to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. Mr. Schiavello founded the Philadelphia hub of the organization, and he will talk about his continuing efforts to honor veterans and share his passion for WWII history.

 May 29th        Bee Haydu, Women Air Service Pilot (WASP)

Ms. Haydu served as a Women Air Service Pilot in 1944. The WASP were the first women to fly military airplanes for the Army Air Force in WWII. She was stationed at Pecos Army Airfield, Pecos, Texas. Later in life, she led the fight in Congress to recognize the WASP as veterans of WWII.


June 9-11th   American Pride Days, featuring the B-17 “Yankee Lady”

In partnership with the Yankee Air Museum, B-17 walkthrough tours are included with regular admission. Flights on the B-17 “Yankee Lady” are available; please call Dave Wright (734-483-4030 ext. 236) to book a reservation. Live music, food and exhibitors!


June 6th      Runway 5K & 1 Mile Fun Walk – 7am to 11am

Cape May County’s most unique event for 2015!  With the cooperation of the Delaware River & Bay Authority (operators of the Cape May Airport), the airport will temporarily close to air traffic to allow runners and walkers this unique opportunity to compete on the runway! Race day registration begins at 7am, Race starts at 9am. Click here to register.


July 13-17      2015 Aviation Career Education Academy “A.C.E. Academy”

Week-long day camp for students ages 12-17 teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills while exploring careers in the aviation industry! Sold out in 2010 through 2014. Click here for more information and registration.


July 20-24   2015 Explorers Academy

Week-long half-day camp for students ages 8-11 teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills while exploring careers in the aviation industry! Sold out 2012 thru 2014! Click here for more information and registration.


August 2nd   Coast Guard Celebration

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May serves as the only USCG recruit training facility in the country, and Cape May County recently became a designated USCG community. Join us to celebrate this special relationship, as well as the Coast Guard’s 224th birthday, and to honor Coast Guard members and their families. Stop by the museum all weekend to enjoy special displays, activities, and free admission for active duty USCG and their families!


Sept. 4-7    19th Annual AirFest

In partnership with the Collings Foundation, AirFest will feature WWII aircraft: B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51Mustang, vendors, exhibitors, music, food, and much more. For flight reservations call the Collings Foundation at:  800-568-8924 or visit


Sept. 26        1940s Big Band Dance & Concert – 7pm to 10pm

Join us for a night of music, dancing, food and fun at Hangar #1! Enjoy Swing/Ballroom/Samba dancing and lessons from professional dance instructor, Tom Cupp. Dancers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. 1940s dress is encouraged! Prizes donated by local businesses will be given for best dressed. Enjoy Walt Wagner & the Serenaders 14 piece Big Band, a wooden dance floor, raffle and professionally catered dinner by Shore Side Catering! Read more about the event by clicking here. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended. Visit our online gift shop to purchase tickets through our secure website. To purchase tickets over the phone or for more information, please call the office (609-886-8787).



NASW Aviation Museum

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

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