01-05-2023

It has been a while since our last Dauntless Update, and the eagle eyed among you have likely noticed that the fuselage is still awaiting transport here at the Museum (much to the frustration of the whole team!). The shipping challenges we have encountered have slowed the project down, preventing the fuselage from arriving in…

01-05-2023

2020 seems like so long ago! We located a WWII Fuel Truck in Ohio, and we added it to the collection with a plan to make it serviceable for refueling our airplanes. We contacted the fine folks at Mil Spec Vehicle Restorations in Belvidere, New Jersey (a beautiful town if you ever get the chance…

11-18-2022

The newest addition to the collection is an SNB-1! The Navy version of an AT-11 Kansan, this sometimes overlooked warbird had an outsized impact on the war! The AT-11 was the standard bombardier trainer for the US Army Air Forces during World War II and would be used to train around 90% of the more…

04-14-2022

Following right along behind the Fuel Truck restoration is another new piece of equipment for the airfield! This 1941 International-built Fire Engine has come to us from North Carolina, and we are excited to get started. The current condition of the vehicle is being surveyed (it does run!) and a couple of ground rules have…

05-17-2021

After a couple of weeks of assembly, test runs and other pre-flight procedures we have a flying Fleet Model 2! Although it was test flown in Texas before being disassembled for transport to Virginia Beach we are no less excited to see the airplane back in the air! The images here were captured on Saturday…

04-20-2021

The Military Aviation Museum collection is home to a large number of aircraft that the public does not regularly have the chance to see. These airplanes wait in storage for the opportunity to be restored. Which airplanes get finished in what order is not always an easy decision, with thought given to available resources, and…

04-08-2021

The accident report card from BuNo 36175 indicates that the pilot, Lt. Charles L. Ford III, survived the crash, suffering two deep wounds to his forehead. The team here is working actively to collect more information on the pilot, and we welcome any help! The card, shared below, depicts the specifics of the accident which…

03-27-2021

The Fighter Factory has finalized the plan for the restoration of the Dauntless! Aircraft components will be split up to accelerate the project. The wings are going to be restored by the team at Aero Trader and the fuselage section is going to be dispatched to the dedicated team at Pioneer Aero of New Zealand! Pioneer…

03-11-2021

For 30 years, Kevin Smith of California has been working on a Dauntless project of his own, aimed at celebrating the incredible wartime contributions of the SBD. We are pleased to announce that Kevin’s unequalled collection of parts is going to be used in the restoration of our Dauntless! A big Thank You to Kevin,…

03-01-2021

We are pleased to welcome Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless BuNo 36175 to the collection at the Military Aviation Museum. The airframe was recovered from the bottom of Lake Michigan where it had been lost during a WWII training accident. Join us throughout the month of March to view the airplane before the restoration process begins. The…

11-08-2020

Not every project we work on or acquire for the Museum is an airplane! As part of our goal to recreate the experience of visiting a vintage airfield we are constantly on the lookout for ground vehicles that can get us closer to that goal! The dream is that someday the airplanes would be moved…

10-25-2020

Thundering into the sky for an excited Summer of Flight crowd, the “Turkey” is back! Although it has taken several years, the team at the Fighter Factory has completed the restoration of our Avenger! After an unfortunate mishap several years ago the aircraft required extensive overhaul. The restoration process was extended by the need to…

08-13-2020

The Museum’s venerable Stearman was among the first aircraft in the collection. After a number of years providing memorable rides over the oceanfront to Museum visitors we decided to take it out of service, to conduct a thorough restoration on the aircraft. After several months spent re-covering the aircraft, and going over all of the…

04-10-2015

The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia has just test run a modern replica of the Argus As 014 pulse-jet engine used on a WWII-era Fiesler Fi-103, perhaps better known as the V-1 ‘Doodlebug’ or ‘Buzz Bomb’. The V-1, as most of you will know, was one of Hitler’s “Vengeance Weapons” with which the…

05-17-2014

The Military Aviation Museum took delivery of a North American P-64 replica at the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, Virginia. Just in time to take part in Warbirds Over the Beach 2014, the Museum’s annual air show, the aircraft flew in from her previous owner’s home in Louise, Texas. She made two spirited low passes…

05-07-2013

The historic first flight of KA 114 in the United States on May 7, 2013. Photograph by Fighter Factory Mechanic Jon Brawner. Warbird enthusiasts from around the world have been following the progress of the Military Aviation Museum’s de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito, from its shipment from New Zealand to the announcement of its first public…