Get ready for an exhilarating celebration of aviation and history as Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum’s (NASW) popular event AirFest 2023 returns from September 1st to September 4th. The museum, which is located inside a 92,000-square-foot WWII-era wooden hangar, is thrilled to invite families, aviation enthusiasts, and history buffs to a four-day extravaganza filled with captivating displays, historical aircraft, exciting flyovers and fly-ins, live performances, and much more.
AirFest 2023 promises a thrilling lineup of aircraft and events that will engage and entertain visitors of all ages. Attendees will have the opportunity to witness iconic aircraft up close, including the P-40 Warhawk American Dream, F4F Wildcat, TBM Avenger, SNJ, DC-3, and a C53 Skytrooper “Beach City Baby”. These legendary planes will take center stage, offering a glimpse into the rich history of aviation.
One of the highlights of the event is the engaging and educational theatrical performances by the American Historical Theatre. Taking place each day of the event at 11 am, these performances will bring historical figures to life. Audiences can look forward to encountering the likeness of Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, a Harvey Girl, and Rosie the Riveter.
As part of the festivities, there will be a spectacular flyover by the 177th Fighter Wing on September 1st, as well as a thrilling fly-in of historic aircraft by the Aero Club of PA on September 2nd. Meet Dr. Eugene Richardson, a Tuskegee Airmen on September 3rd. Attendees will also have the opportunity to witness helicopters and meet pilots and crew from esteemed organizations such as the New Jersey State Police, AtlantiCare MedEvac, Cape May County Mosquito Commission, and the United States Coast Guard.
Visitors will enjoy live music, free face painting and caricatures, an array of food trucks, and a relaxing beer and wine garden. The event will also feature a diverse range of vendors and exhibitors such as the 621st Contingency Response Wing of the Air Force. AirFest ensures there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is located inside historic Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. The site was formerly Naval Air Station Wildwood, which served as a World War II dive-bomber training center. The museum is dedicated to the 42 aviators who perished while training at Naval Air Station Wildwood between 1943 and 1945. Current museum hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.usnasw.org