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 92000 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.
The museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm during the spring summer and fall. For winter hours please call.