US Air Force hangar and main building at the Military Aviation Museum The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is home to one of the world's largest collections of warbirds in flying condition. It includes examples from Germany, France, Italy, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, from both World War I and World War II, although the complete collection ranges from the 1910s to the early 1950s. Its mission is to "preserve, restore and fly these historic aircraft and to allow a new generation to experience and learn from what [their] might have endured ... in the skies so very far from home." Unlike most other collections, which are displayed in a static museum environment, almost all of the historic aircraft at the Museum have been restored to flying condition. In twice-yearly major airshows (one in the spring for World War II planes, and one in the fall for WWI), as well as other special events, the aircraft fly again for the public to view and experience. The collection also includes a large reference library, along with artifacts and materials to illustrate the historic context of the aircraft in the collection.
Every year in mid-May they do an awesome airshow called Warbirds Over the Beach with planes from WWII, and war reanactors who take over the fields between the hangers. Best airshow I've ever been to and totally worth looking into.
Plenty to see and do - enjoyed the hangar tours. Fun for the whole family. Loved being able to get up close and personal to the equipment.
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Military Aviation Museum
- Mon: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Thu: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Sat: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sun: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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