Museum Development
Financial Support
Board of Directors
Design and Architecture



The National Museum of World War II Aviation will provide unique educational experiences that promote a deeper understanding of the historical importance of American aviation in World War II and its role in shaping the world in which we live.


The Museum does this to preserve and strengthen the best traditions of the American aviation past and inspire new generations of leaders and innovators in the future.



The National Museum of World War II Aviation is the only museum in the world to focus exclusively on the unique story of the role of aviation in World War II.


The Museum will bring to life:

  • How a nation came together as never before or since, and the many stories behind the great effort
  • How pilots and their support personnel, whose courage and patriotism remain a source of inspiration, changed the course of world history
  • The unique partnership between civilian and military expertise that created a winning aviation team
  • The surge in industrial productivity that overwhelmed our adversaries
  • The introduction of women into the workforce
  • The aircraft designers and builders whose innovations created entirely new technologies for flying


These important stories, and many others, continue to have great power to teach and inspire future generations.


Museum Development

The National Museum of World War II Aviation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, overseen by a board of directors and assisted by a select group of consultants.


The Museum site is in Colorado Springs, adjacent to the shared runways of the Colorado Springs Airport and Peterson Air Force Base. The Museum will feature interactive displays, exhibits and historical narratives.


On-site with the Museum is WestPac Restorations, one of the foremost restoration companies for WWII aircraft. As part of their experience, Museum visitors can see WestPac’s collection of WWII warbirds and see restoration in progress.

Financial Support

Financial Support:

To date a total of $12 million has been privately invested in The National Museum of World War II Aviation’s campus.  The campus is divided into three phases.  Phase I and Phase II are complete and operational on the campus and comprise 109,022 square feet of space.  Phase III of The National Museum of World War II Aviation is in development and the Board of Directors is seeking funding for final design work to complete this last phase before a capital campaign can begin and construction can commence.

Phase I  - Museum Site and Buildings:

The National Museum of World War II Aviation’s campus is established on a 20-acre site immediately adjacent to the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport and Peterson Air Force Base. Taxiways to the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport are complete and operational.  This provides direct access for the Museum’s flying World War II aircraft demonstrations that are one of the key elements of its educational programming.

Phase I of the Museum’s buildings are in place and comprise 44,022 square feet within three adjoining structures.  On display within these buildings are the personal collections of several major collectors of WWII aircraft and artifacts.  As well, additional WWII artifacts have been collected and are being stored for display in Phase III of the museum campus.  The Phase I buildings also house the Museum’s volunteer restoration facility.

Phase II - Restoration Hangar – WestPac Restorations:

Phase II of the Museum site consists of 65,000 square feet of a world class, state-of-the-art World War II airplane restoration facility.  This facility, operated by WestPac Restorations, has been in operation since 2008 and is a major part of the museum visitor experience.  Visitors learn about World War II aviation, the technology and the home front, and then tour WestPac Restorations to see authentic World War II aircraft in the restoration process utilizing the same techniques from the WWII era. Between Phase I and Phase II, there currently exists 109,022 square feet of operational Museum space on site.

Phase III - Main Museum Building:

Phase III of the Museum site is designed as the main entrance to the core exhibition space and is often referred to as the Educational Facility.  It is designed for 39,778 square feet of exhibit space and when completed a total of 148,800 square feet will encompass the Museum campus.  Phase III is slated for construction following the design and construction documentation phases.  When completed, the public will have the opportunity to tour the WestPac Restorations hangar as a significant part of the Museum’s visitor experience.

The funding needed for the Phase III is divided into three sub-phases:

  1. Final Design Phase – Conceptual Design is complete.  The final design phase will translate the Conceptual Design into the actual display content.
  2. Construction Documentation Phase - After completion of the final design phase, the actual display content will be translated into construction documents.
  3. Capital Construction Phase - Once the construction documents are completed, the construction process can begin.


Phase III A - Final Design Phase:

Schematic Design


Design Development


School and Public Program


Direct Fundraising Costs


Staff Support for Planning


Total for Final Design Phase



Phase III B - Construction Documentation Phase:

Construction Documents




Construction Administration/Expenses


Direct Fundraising Costs


Staff Support for Planning


Total for Construction Documentation Phase



Phase III C - Capital Construction Phase:

Museum Core and Shell Construction

$2.5 million

Complete Displays, Exhibits and Interior

$12 million

Total Capital Construction Phase

$14.5 million (estimate)


Phase III Funding Summary:

Part A - Total for Final Design Phase


Part B - Total for Construction Phase


Part C - Total for Construction Phase

$14.5 million (estimate)

Phase III Total

$16.7 million (estimate)



Phase III Accomplishments to Date:

Phase III is in the final planning stages many significant accomplishments have been made toward completion of Phase III on the Museum campus:  (Phase I and Phase II of the National Museum of World War II Aviation are complete.)

The Museum is an established 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The National Museum of World War II Aviation’s virtual Commemorative Wall internet site is complete and operational - the first of its kind.

The Museum has been awarded prestigious grants from   El Pomar Foundation and the Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund, of  El Pomar Foundation.  This financial support during the third phase of development is a significant declaration in the mission and vision of the National Museum of World War II Aviation.

Phase III site preparation for the core and shell is complete, including grading and installation of underground utilities, and the building materials needed for the Phase III construction have been acquired and are on-site. A building permit has been obtained in preparation for construction commencement.

Integration of Museum’s initial exhibition concepts with Colorado Curriculum Standards is complete.

Contact has been made with local school officials and with the Air Force Academy to assure continuous dialogue with the Museum in the planning of Museum programs.

The Museum is currently working on a partnership with local museums and educational institutions including Peterson AFB and the Peterson AFB Museum, Fort Carson, Discovery Canyon Campus, the Air Force Academy and the Air Force Academy Visitor Center, and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado - Bachelor of Innovation Program.

An international Board of Directors has been established to guide museum development and take responsibility for museum fundraising.

A series of Board Committees and subcommittees to drive and coordinate the fundraising, public relations, and governmental affairs activities of the Board has been established.

A Founder’s Group of individuals has been established and has provided sufficient financial support for the Museum’s hire of a Project Manager who provides day-to-day coordination of Museum planning activities.

An Interpretive Plan has been written to guide the development of all aspects of the Museum’s educational mission. This plan has been reviewed and approved by the Historical Advisory Board and subsequently approved by the Board.

By-Laws have been written, approved and are in place.

Conflict of Interest Policy has been written approved and is in place.

Mission and Vision Statements has been written, approved and are in place.

Strategic Plan has been written, approved and is in place.

Development Plan has been written approved and is in place.

Communications Plan has been written approved and is in place.

Educational Vision has been written, approved and is in place.

Museum collections software is in place and in use.

Historical Advisory Board is in place and provides independent review and guidance.

A Project Manager was identified and has been in place since February 2010.

The Museum’s Phase III Planning Office is established and fully operational.

A briefing room is operational and dedicated for meetings with interested individuals and groups and to display the Museum’s Phase III plans.

A group of internationally recognized museum planning and exhibition design consultants were identified and have been working with the Board

Conceptual design of the Phase III Museum exhibits have been completed and were accomplished in collaboration with Gallagher and Associates, an internationally known exhibition design firm whose experience includes major exhibitions for the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of World War II in New Orleans, and the Normandy Battlefield Visitor Center in Normandy.


Board of Directors

Col. James M. Stewart, USAF (Ret) - Co-Chairman, Board of the Directors

Bill Klaers, President, WestPac Restorations - Co-Chairman, Board of Directors


Board Members

Col. Victor C. (Vic) Andrews, USAF (Ret.)

John Dibbs

Mark Earle

Gen. Ronald Fogleman, USAF (Ret.)

John Henry

Lt. Col. Chic Myers, USA (Ret.)

Kurt K. Peterson

Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., USAF (Ret.)


Development Committee

Vic Andrews

John Henry

Bill Klaers

Jim Palmer

Mark Earle

Denny Cripps


Public Relations / Communication Committee

John Dibbs

John Henry


Governmental Affairs Committee

Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr. USAF (Ret.)


Director or Education

Dr. Gary Coulter


Harold and Susan Skramstad, Museum Planning Advisors


Design and Architecture


Conceptial images for the core exhibits designed by Gallagher & Associates, a world-renowned museum design and consulting firm



Site Plan

A storage and support facility for museum exhibits and programs is already in place on the museum site. Site planning and core and shell building architecture has already been completed by OZ Architecture, a leading firm for architectural and urban design