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775 Aviation Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80916

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Fri – Sun

10 AM – 4 PM

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The National Museum of World War II Aviation was brought into being by a small group of visionaries from around the United States who understood the importance of World War II aviation and the need to keep its heritage alive.  Working with the City of Colorado Springs, the museum’s founders secured a site on the Colorado Springs Airport in 2004 and started work on formation of a non-profit organization to run the museum.  The museum was granted 501(c)3 status in 2008 and the campus was developed over the next few years.  The National Museum of World War II Aviation was opened to the public in October 2012. 

The museum’s mission is “to provide unique educational experiences that promote a deeper understanding of the historical importance of American aviation in World War II and its role in shaping the world we live in today.”  The museum does this “to preserve and strengthen the best traditions of the American aviation past and inspire new generations of leaders and innovators in the future.”

From the Mission Statement of the National Museum of World War II Aviation

The National Museum of World War II Aviation brings the early years of aviation to life and examines the crucial role that aviation technology played at a turning point in our nation’s history.  Visitors experience the excitement and wonder of the Golden Age of Aviation and learn how military planners adapted aviation technology for military use in World Wars I and II.  Visitors also learn about the socio-economic changes associated with aviation, and the role that aviation played in America’s emergence as a world power during the war.

Colorado Springs has a rich aviation heritage dating back to the early days of aviation when the Alexander Film Company established an aircraft manufacturing facility in the city in the early 1930’s.  Aviation activity in the city expanded greatly during World War II with the establishment of Peterson Field as a training base and support facility for nearby Ft. Carson.  Since the war, Colorado Springs has become a focal point for aerospace activity with the addition of the United States Air Force Academy, Cheyenne Mountain Air Station and Schriever Air Force Base.  These facilities host a wide range of military aerospace missions including headquarters operations for NORAD, United States Northern Command, and United States Space Command.

Colorado Springs is a city that is at the heart of our nation’s aviation past, present and future.  There could be no better location for the National Museum of World War II Aviation. 

The National Museum of World War II Aviation is not associated with the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.  Both venues have similar origins, starting out as ideas that were developed over time into world class museums that were ultimately recognized by Congress as a national asset.  While both venues tell the story of our nation’s involvement in World War II, the primary difference is that the museum in New Orleans explores the broader conflict while the Colorado Springs museum tells the story of World War II aviation through its collection of fully restored, flying World War II aircraft.   Both museums offer unique perspectives and should be at the top of the list for anyone interested in World War II history.

The National Museum of World War II Aviation considers potential donations of artifacts and archival materials on a case-by-case basis.  Such materials are accepted only if they are relevant to the storyline of the Museum.  Please click on the link below for more information. Donate

WestPac is a privately-owned business that is recognized as one of the premier aircraft restoration companies in the world.  It focuses exclusively on World War II aircraft restoration projects and providing maintenance support for World War II aircraft based at the museum and around the country.  In 2009, Westpac moved from its original location in California to a new facility on the north side of the National Museum of World War II Aviation campus.  Visitors to the museum are offered a guided tour of the WestPac facility as part of the museum experience. 

There are several ways that you can contribute to the National Museum of World War II Aviation.  The museum accepts monetary donations of any amount and is open to discussing naming rights opportunities for larger gifts.  For those who would like to support the museum while honoring an individual, family or organization, the museum offers both memorial brick and bench programs.  And through the museum’s membership program, you can show your support while enjoying a wide array of benefits.  Please click on the link below for more information.

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The National Museum of WW II Aviation features WWII-era veterans!!

SUNDAY AUGUST 16TH

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.