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National Aerospace Education Center (NAEC)

Looking to the future, the National Museum of World War II Aviation is leading an effort to establish the National Aerospace Education Center (NAEC), a coalition of public and private sector organizations dedicated to the promotion of STEM education. Under this concept, the museum will leverage its K-12 STEM program to capture the imagination of students early on in their academic development and introduce them to advanced learning opportunities made available through the NAEC’s partnership agencies. This unique learning environment will be a catalyst for the STEM education process and will clear new pathways for students seeking STEM-related careers.

NAEC programs will target not only college bound students, but also those who are more inclined toward a technical training track. One such program currently under development is a partnership between the Museum, local high schools, and Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology to introduce high school students to career opportunities in aircraft maintenance and production. This innovative program is fully certified by the State of Colorado as part of the high school math and science curriculum. In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized Spartan College to give participating students credit toward completion of its Airframe and Powerplant program.

Ultimately, the NAEC will expand its educational partnerships to include a broad spectrum of aviation career tracks, including aeronautical design, engineering, pilot training, UAV operations, and avionics maintenance.

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775 Aviation Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80916

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10 AM – 4 PM

Mon – Thurs


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The National Museum of World War II Aviation is a non-profit organization that relies on the generous support of friends and like you. Our museum receives no federal funding or any other form of tax-payer support. We need your help to honor the contributions and sacrifices of America’s Greatest Generation, and to preserve the inspiring story of World War II Aviation for all generations to come.

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.