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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Colorado Springs is an especially appropriate location for the Museum:
- It is a community with a strong aviation heritage
- It is a community with a deep interest in military history and heritage
- It is home to the United States Air Force Academy
- It is home to WestPac, a world-class restoration facility specializing in World War II aircraft, where actual WWII planes are authentically restored to flying condition. Guided tours of the WestPac facility will be one of the signature experiences of a Museum visit.
Your support will play a vital part in the development of the museum through word-of-mouth and financial support. You can help the Museum by telling others about the Museum’s mission and forwarding the website. Financial support is greatly appreciated as the sooner the Museum reaches its financial goals, the sooner the next phase of the Museum will be completed.
The Museum reviews potential donations of artifacts on a case-by-case basis for relevance to the specific content of the Museum’s mission.
The closest model for the Museum is the National World War II Museum in New Orleans that was the vision of the historian Stephen Ambrose. It started as a powerful idea with no site and no collection. The museum opened in 2000 as the National D-Day Museum and has become a widely visited and important museum. It has since enlarged its mission to include all of World War II and has begun a major expansion effort.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation will be unique in using its active involvement with the World War II aircraft collector fraternity to provide a continuously changing array of important flying aircraft to be used in Museum demonstrations and programs. The result will be active and dynamic museum programming rather than the static display of aircraft.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation is currently in a development phase to fund Phase III – the final design phase of the third building on the site. Once development funds are secured, the Museum can move from the conceptual planning of the core exhibition and related educational facilities to the final design in which the basic conceptual framework, already completed, will be connected to specific exhibits on specific themes, topics, and stories. This will provide a blueprint for the reality of the Museum’s visitor experience. Throughout this process, the Museum continues its dialog with key educational, economic development, and cultural tourism stakeholders.
Currently, the Museum is soliciting financial support for the next design phase in which exhibit content will be developed. The fundraising goal for this development phase is $500,000. The total capital cost is estimated at $14-16 million. In the next stage of Museum planning this figure will be further refined.
The Museum website is a great place to find information concerning the Museum mission and includes some interesting graphics of the envisioned facility. The website also has a link where you can sign up for the periodic newsletter. The News and Press section of the web site is updated as activities occur.