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Prelude to War
1930s to Dec 1941

Previous Next Prelude to War – 1930s to December 1941 The visitor experience at the National Museum of World War II Aviation begins with an overview of the development of aviation, from the early 1900s to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Visitors feel the excitement…

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Weathering the Storm
Dec 1941 to Feb 1943

Previous Next Weathering the Storm – December 1941 to February 1943 This gallery examines America’s entry into the war and the role of airpower in the struggle to confront enemy advances in both the Pacific and European theaters.  Visitors learn about the superiority of Japanese and German aviation…

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Striking Back
Feb 1943 to Jun 1944

Previous Next Striking Back – February 1943 to June 1944 This gallery explores the evolution of American and Allied airpower during the critical period from early 1943 through the spring of 1944 as the Allies went on the offensive against Germany, Italy and Japan.  Visitors learn about the…

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Controlling the Skies
Jun 1944 to Sep 1945

Previous Next Controlling the Skies – June 1944 to September 1945 This gallery examines the last stage of the war as the build-up of American airpower led to Allied dominance in the skies over Europe and the Pacific.  Visitors will learn how advancements in aviation technology and production…

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Future Exhibits

Homefront – Mobilization of American Airpower This gallery is under development and will appear in a future phase of the museum. It will tell the story of America’s preparations for war in the aviation age, including long-term strategic planning, development of new aircraft and related technologies,…

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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.