If you are reading this, you are in for one of the most unusual experiences that Virginia Beach has to offer. In fact, there are so many people like you that this museum has become one of the top-rated attractions in all of Virginia Beach, according to TripAdvisor.com.
Our guests come from all over the world to enjoy the sights, sounds and even the smell of the “glory days” of military aviation. Many of you grew up reading the exploits of military heroes and you’ve watched all the great aviation movies, but when you hear the thunder of a Merlin, Allison or a Wright engine coughing to life and then see and hear them throttle up, you are transported to an entirely different level of understanding of history.
The Military Aviation Museum is not just unique locally. How many other museums have you ever been to that have no velvet ropes around their exhibits? How many other places can you be this close to the action with planes, flying off of a grass runway, not even a stone’s throw from your beach chair? How many places do you know of where you can picnic with dinosaurs?
Our mission is to help the generations born after World War Two understand exactly what Americans and their allies can and have achieved when they are called to action with a just cause. Each one of the airplanes in our collection tells a unique story about the men and women who designed them, built them, flew them and, all too often, died in them in order to very literally save the world 75 years ago.
We invite you to seek out those stories. Many of them are told in our program booklet. Some are on the placards in front of the exhibits. Many more stories can be yours by just talking to our blue or yellow-shirted volunteers as you enjoy walking among the airplanes.
If you enjoy your visit with us, tell your friends and neighbors about us and consider supporting us as a member of our Leading Edge Circle of donors, or even as one of our many volunteers. As a volunteer, there could be a ride in your future in a real P-51 Mustang. Ask anyone in a volunteer shirt how to make that happen to you!