Summer at the Aviation Museum Kicks-Off with “Wings & Things!”


Every summer, Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum hosts a variety of fun and exciting activities. In 2019, the museum is kicking off the season with a new event: the Wings & Things Art and Family Festival! Scheduled for Father’s Day Weekend, “Wings & Things” is sure to offer something for all who attend.

Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16, visitors will be able to enjoy face painting, “Touch a Truck,” a K-12 Art Show/Contest, classic cars, arts & crafts, as well as self-guided tours through the museum.  For refreshment and recreation, there will also be an array of food and art vendors on-site throughout the weekend.

Highlighting the Wings & Things Art and Family Festival will be special presentations by New Jersey artists, including two skilled wood-carvers who will be present on both days of the festival. Wood chips will fly during a live chainsaw carving performed by Brian Ackley of Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art, while local craftsman Jim Collins demonstrates the traditional art of decoy carving. In addition, there will also be a discussion on photography by Werner Tedesco and a reading of the children’s book “Teddy the Airplane” by author (and retired airline pilot) Janice Koewn-Blackburn.

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and located inside historic Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport, 500 Forrestal Rd, Rio Grande.

The site 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.

For more information, visit or call (609) 886-8787.