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The Aircraft Collection

The National Museum of World War II Aviation is home-base for 18 fully restored, flying World War II aircraft, and frequently hosts other World War II aircraft as they fly across the country for airshows and events. The museum has 10 other flying aircraft in its collection, including pre-war and post-war aircraft that are related to the story of World War II aviation.

Most of the aircraft in the permanent collection are owned by the Museum while others are on loan from private collectors. These aircraft, together with the museum’s extensive collection of artifacts and archival materials, tell the full story our nation’s advancements in aviation during the Second World War.

While most of the collection can be viewed on any given day at the museum, some aircraft may not be on display due to space limitations, maintenance requirements or touring commitments. 


Click on the button below for a complete list of aircraft in the museum’s collection. Click on the thumbnails below for specific information on each aircraft. 

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.