Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Visiting the NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum

A weekend trip to Cape May with Bob and Turbo concluded with a visit to the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum at the Cape May County Airport (WWD) in New Jersey. From April 1943 to February 1946 the NAS Wildwood was an active base focused on training dive bombers during World War II. Now it is a museum housed in an all wood, 92,000 square foot hangar featuring many aircraft on display and interactive activities.

I loved how welcoming and interactive the museum was. First off, it was dog friendly and you could get in many of the aircraft displays. Needless to say, that led to several photo ops of a very tired puppy.

One of the first things you notice when walking in it Atlantic City's Bader Field ATC tower. Everyone is welcome to go up in it and you can communicate from the tower to a small station below it on the ground. When we were up there, kids were telling us through the comm, "cute doggie!" Also in that area were several large engines on display, military aircraft, a WWII poster exhibit and a Coca Cola exhibit.

The other half of the hangar featured a US Coat Guard display, several gyrocopters and a space display. This side also included five small flight simulators and interactive exhibits to understand how airplanes fly, how the instruments work and concepts like how drag affects achieving Mach speeds. Bob's inner ham radio geek came out in this portion of the museum when we entered the radio room.

I recommend visiting Cape May sometime, it offers a lot for Av Geeks and non Av Geeks alike. Besides the beaches and the museum, there's even a restaurant on field we didn't get a chance to visit. We'll definitely be back and I'd love to hear about your suggestions of your favorite things to do in Cape May as well!

Want to see more of the museum? Check out some photos Bob took here!

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