The Capital Development Program
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.