Displays, Exhibits, Historical Narratives
Regrettable but true: the further away in time that we move from WWII, the less we remember about the important lessons the conflict taught. The National Museum of World War II Aviation will bring those lessons forward, through informative and highly interactive exhibits and displays designed to fulfill all interest levels, from schoolchild to scholar.
Gallagher & Associates is the nation’s premier designer of museums, with a portfolio of projects here in the US and in locations around the world. Their expertise ensures a world-class museum, backed up by strong collaboration with a carefully assembled team of historians and experts in WWII aviation and the push to build America’s airpower.
The Museum will be divided into six broad topical areas.
Examines the period prior to World War II, including the lack of preparedness in America and the devastating impact of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Mobilizing American Airpower
Provides important perspective on the massive effort to update America’s arsenal of aircraft. Younger people today are generally unaware that thousands of Americans worked in locations across the country to design and construct the aircraft that helped turn the tide against the Axis powers.
Weathering the Storm 1941-1943
As the Japanese continued their conquest of nations in the Pacific, German submarines patrolled in the Atlantic, including just off America’s shores. It was a critical and highly threatening period.
Striking Back 1942-1944
Finally the “Arsenal of Democracy” was fully employed against our enemies and slowly the victories against the Japanese, and the devastating bombing of Germany helped turn the tide of war.
Controlling the Skies 1944-1945
The destruction of Japanese naval power and the massive coordinated raids against Germany would not have been possible without the skills of American air and ground crews, backed up by massive supplies of war materials from the home front. After the most massive conflict the world had seen, the Allies saved the world for democracy.
Today’s system of air travel and the worldwide distribution of consumer goods are just two of the long lasting legacies of WWII airpower. Our legacy from the air war is deep and rich.
And of course aircraft!
WestPac Restorations, one of America’s premier restorers of WWII-vintage aircraft is co-located with the Museum. Visitors to the Museum may also take the few steps over to WestPac’s state-of-the-art restoration facilities to see flight-ready aircraft and aircraft in various stages of completion.