Military Aviation Museum

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Museum of Military Aviation

Living in the Hampton Roads area, you do take the sites in the area for granted. Typically, the sites you think about in Virginia Beach are the oceanfront and possible the Virginia Aquarium. Today, I decided to check out one of the lesser known sites, the Military Aviation Museum.

This is a private museum located at the Virginia Beach airport, a private airport that serves no commercial traffic. I knew virtually nothing about the Military Aviation Museum other than that it represented a private collection of military aircraft. The museum is located in extreme southeast Virginia Beach, nearly an hour from my house in Norfolk, The drive was OK, passing through some of attractive areas of suburban Virginia Beach.

Nazi V-1 rocket
It was a pleasant drive.

Arriving at the museum, I paid my admission and began to wander through the main building, which contains a central hall dividing hangars of army aircraft from navy aircraft. The central hall included exhibits of a number of vehicles from Nazi Germany, as well as a V-1 rocket, typical of the aircraft that bombed London.

The army air force exhibit contained a number of Soviet airplanes . . . as well as airplanes from World War II. These included planes from the Flying Tigers that served the nationalist Chinese campaign against Japan. These were interesting planes.

The navy aircraft exhibit was less interesting . . . and contained fewer planes.

Visiting other areas of the museum required a guided tour, which I gladly took.

WWI German Fokker triplane
The first area that we were led to was the exhibit on World War I airplanes. Most of the planes exhibited in this area were recreations, but they did offer one of three surviving planes from the time. These planes were fascinating -- showing the evolution of planes during the war.

From this exhibit, we were taken to the World War II German hangar exhibiting a number of Nazi aircraft. The hangar itself was part of the exhibit. It was an actual Nazi hangar that had been bombed by the US and captured by Soviet forces. It was relocated to the Military Aviation Museum as part of the exhibit. Very impressive.

As I was leaving the museum, I stopped at the trail of the dinosaurs at the entrance. This is a collection of fiberglass reproductions showing dinosaurs. It had absolutely nothing to do with the Military Aviation Museum, but it was pretty cool.

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Museum of Military Aviation
Museum of Military Aviation
Nazi V-1 rocket
Nazi V-1 rocket
WWI German Fokker triplane
WWI German Fokker triplane
Nazi staff car
Nazi staff car
Soviet plane
Soviet plane
Claire Chenault Flying Tigers airp…
Claire Chenault Flying Tigers air…
WWII Nazi Junker
WWII Nazi Junker
Trail of the Dinosaurs
Trail of the Dinosaurs