Free Lecture Series at Aviation Museum

Free Lecture Series at Aviation Museum If you missed the first set of free lectures at Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum-don’t worry! The museum will be hosting a second set of the popular free lecture series, which will begin on Wednesday July 2nd. The series will run on four consecutive Wednesdays in July at 7pm, and will feature speakers and topics covering all things air and space, from Word War II aviation tactics to astronaut space travel.

The museum is particularly excited for the opportunity to be able to offer the series once again. The program is funded by a donation from the Napier family in memory of World War II Navy Airman Curtis Napier. He received his gunnery training at NAS Wildwood in a SB2C Helldiver and subsequently was stationed in the Pacific. Following the war, he returned to Cape May County, became a permanent resident, and was employed locally. The lecture schedule will feature:

Wednesday, July 2nd: Dr Ralph Cox, United States Overseas Airline

Wednesday, July 9th: Captain Ron Reit, U.S. Navy Join a former Naval Aviator who flew the famous TBM Torpedo Bomber during World War II. Afterwards, check out the Aviation Museum’s TBM aircraft in its collection.

Wednesday, July 16th: Prof. Terry Hart, Air & Space Administration Currently a professor of mechanical engineering at Lehigh University, Prof. Hart will speak about his experiences as a former astronaut and his work at the National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

Wednesday, July 23rd: Southern Jersey Airways Do you remember commuter service at the Cape May County Airport? Presenting a Southern Jersey Airways lecture and exhibit opening. NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum is located at historic Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. The airport was formerly Naval Air Station Wildwood, which served as a World War II dive-bomber training center. The museum is dedicated to the 42 airmen who perished while training at Naval Air Station Wildwood between 1943 and 1945.

The museum now boasts over 26 aircraft displays as well as exhibits of military memorabilia, engines and photographs. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to discover the science of flight and more. Museum admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-12; under age 3 are free. Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. year-round rain or shine. Don't forget your camera! Please call Cindy Craft at (609)886-8787, email aviationmuseum@comcast.net or visit the website at www.usnasw.org for further information.

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