National Museum of World War II Aviation
Backstory and Context
The National Museum of World War II Aviation contains the single largest collection of authentic operational World War II aircraft in the world. The museum is divided into three segments. First, there is an assortment of display cases featuring the personal belongings that were left behind by families and veterans of World War II. Second, the museum houses a massive hangar with restored aircraft from the World War II era. Third, there is a separate hangar for aircraft restoration.
The museum takes great pride in its collection of aircraft, which are displayed on a rotating basis so that visitors always experience a slightly different museum. Museum volunteers collaborate with the World War II aircraft collectors throughout the region to offer new exhibits and while also restoring aircraft to museum standards. Even today, the museum continually finds propellers and other parts that are badly damaged and restores them onsite in the airplane hangar.
One of only four dedicated World War II aviation museums, the National Museum of World War II Aviation Museum strives to offer an educational atmosphere and a variety of family-friendly programs that will reach a broad audience and educate the public about the history of World War II. The museum also includes a variety of exhibits about local servicemen and women who contributed to the war effort.
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