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The Capital Development Program

The National Museum of World War II Aviation has initiated a capital development program to fund a major expansion of its facilities in Colorado Springs. The project was initiated to address a mission-critical need for space to house the museum’s fast-growing collection of flying World War II aircraft, and continued growth of the museum’s highly successful STEM education program.

Phase I of the program, which was substantially completed in late 2019, addressed the museum’s immediate need for space through construction of a 40,000 square foot aircraft display hangar. Development and construction of the Phase I exhibit program is currently underway, and plans are being made for dedication of the new facility in the summer of 2020.

Phase I—The Kaija Raven Shook Aeronautical Pavilion

Phase II, which is scheduled to go under construction later this year, will double the size of the aircraft display hanger to 80,000 square feet, creating space for further growth of the museum’s aircraft collection and new additions to the education program.

Phase III is a long-term project to build an 86,000 square foot facility that will house a world-class exhibit hall, education and events center. The Phase III facility will make it possible for the museum to host larger meetings and events, creating a new source of revenue that will help ensure the museum’s sustainability over time.

Phase III—Aviation Hall

Financial Sustainability

To assess the sustainability of the museum and its overall capital development program, the National Museum of World War II Aviation commissioned Summit Economics, LLC to study the market feasibility and economic impacts of the proposed expansion. The study was completed in late 2016 and was approved by the museum’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting in December of that year. The plan has been updated periodically as more information has become available.

The key findings in the Summit Economics study are as follows:
  • The existing museum has financially passed the “proof of concept” stage and has achieved breakeven in each of its first five years of operation.
  • The museum will be fully self-sustaining as it moves through all phases of its capital development program.
  • The museum is projected to continue to be fully self-sustaining after the capital development program is completed.


Vision Statement

The National Museum of World War II Aviation is a place that that inspires and entertains people as they seek to gain a better understanding of the role that aviation played at a critical turning point in our nation’s history. As the museum continues to grow, it will soon be joined by two other world class-projects currently under development in Colorado Springs—the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame and the U.S. Air Force Academy Visitor Center. Together, these uniquely different projects will be jointly marketed to create a magnet for historical research and cultural tourism that will draw visitors from all over the world.

The National Museum of WW II Aviation features WWII-era veterans!!


There are few WWII-era veterans left, and the National Museum of World War II Aviation is providing an opportunity for the community to meet-and-greet some of these honored WWII veterans.

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation
775 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, 80916

Scheduled to appear are:
Ed Beck—Army POW captured during the Battle of the Bulge who escaped from captivity.
Marilyn Doenges—Army nurse who served in the UK and Northern France
JJ Inman—P-51 pilot who flew missions in China
Noe Romero—Served on the U.S.S Yorktown at the Battle of Midway
Bill Roche—B-17 waist gunner who was shot down by German aircraft twice.
Cole “Junior” Griego—U.S. Navy Medic in the Battle of Iwo Jima

Advance admission purchases are advised for this event because advance ticket holders will be given priority to enter the museum. Appropriate social distancing and face masks will be required and strictly enforced.**

Historic note: 75 years ago on August 14, 1945 the Japanese surrendered, and hostilities in WWII ceased. The formal surrender of Japanese forces was signed Sept. 2, 1945.