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Flying Tigers Fought Japanese From China

The American Volunteer Group (AVG), known as “The Flying Tigers”, was a group of American pilots and ground crew who served China in its war against Japan.  Their entire combat history covers the seven months from December, 1941 through July, 1942. The war between China…

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History Series Off to a Great Start

On Saturday, March 20th, the National Museum of World War II Aviation hosted the first in a series of history seminars that will be presented at the museum over the coming year.  Some of these events will include flight demonstrations of one or more of…

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The Waco JYM Exhibit Gets a Facelift

February 2, 2021—Last week, museum volunteers completed work on a replica of a Northwest Airlines hangar facing.  The new display was built by an all-volunteer team to provide context for one of the museum’s oldest and rarest aircraft, a Waco JYM biplane that was flown…

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Lockheed P-38 Lightning

The P-38 Lightning was the only successful twin-engine air superiority fighter of the war. It served in both Europe and the Pacific. P-38s were preferred in the Pacific because flying was either over dense jungle or the ocean; the safety of a second engine was…

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North American B-25 Mitchell

In 1939, the U.S. Army Air Corps put in an order for new class of “medium” bomber. The proposal called for a twin-engine plane capable of flying 300 mph, carrying a 3,000-pound bomb load, and having a 2,000-mile range. Four aircraft manufacturers designed and built airplanes…

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SBD Dauntless

The SBD Dauntless was the most effective U.S. dive bomber of WWII. It sank more Japanese shipping than any other Allied bomber. Navy and Marine SBD squadrons were credited with sinking Japanese carriers in the Battles of the Coral Sea, Midway, and Guadalcanal. SBD units…

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Events

History Presentation
Operation Downfall—The Planned Invasion of Japan
A History Presentation and F7F Tigercat Flight Demonstration
Saturday, September 3
Museum Opens at 8am Presentation Starts at 9:30am



The National Museum of World War II Aviation
will be closed September 22-27
for the Pikes Peak Regional Air Show