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About the Museum

Opened to the public in 2012, the National Museum of World War II Aviation documents the role that military aviation played in the emergence of our nation as a world power during the Second World War. Through a combination of its aircraft collection, exhibits, interactive displays, and docent led tours, the museum tells the story of our nation’s tremendous technological advancements during the War, and describes the lasting social and economic changes that were essential to the success of the Allied war effort.

The Museum Campus

Located on a 20-acre site on the northwest side of the Colorado Springs Airport, the National Museum of World War II Aviation is well positioned for future growth and development. The site has excellent visibility and is easily accessible from Powers Boulevard and U.S. Highway 24, which both pass within one mile of the Museum campus. Interstate 25, the region’s primary interstate highway, is less than ten minutes west of the site. The campus has direct access to an airfield that features three runways, a wide array of instrument approaches, and around-the-clock air traffic control services.


The Museum’s 109,000 square foot facility includes exhibit galleries, volunteer workshops and a state-of-the-art World War II aircraft restoration facility. Through close relationships with collectors around the country, the museum displays a wide array of fully restored aircraft that represent all aspects of America’s involvement in World War II. Most of the aircraft are meticulously restored to flying condition, and many are flown at the museum on public demonstration days.

WestPac Facility

This premier World War II aircraft restoration and maintenance facility moved into to its current location on the north side of the Museum campus in 2009. Housed in a state-of-the-art 65,000 square foot facility, WestPac is a highly specialized FAA-certified repair station that includes paint facilities, a prop shop, and a full service metal forming shop. WestPac has been closely affiliated with the Museum since its inception, and allows public access to its facility through the Museum’s docent-led tour program. 

K-12 STEM Education

The Museum’s highly successful education program has served more than 25,000 students since its inception in late 2013. This unique program is designed to capture the imagination of students at the earliest stages of their academic development and provide them with access to a wide array of STEM education opportunities.

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.