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Free Summer Activities: Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum Willow Grove PA

The Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association (DVHAA) has quickly established the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum in Willow Grove PA as a leading  historical aircraft museum.

Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum Willow Grove PAIf you have the opportunity to travel a bit further afield and are interested in aviation history, you should take the opportunity to visit Willow Grove and the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum.  The museum is on the grounds of the Willow Grove Naval Air Station property but is accessed directly off Route 611 about 1/2 mile south of the main entrance - and admission is free!

Wings of Freedom Museum Willow Grove PA The DVHAA was founded in 1972 to preserve and maintain the historic aircraft on the Willow Grove base.  Needing a display area, the DVHAA worked to develop the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum in Willow Grove PA to house the Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association's historic planes including the Messerschmitt ME-262 Fighter trainer.  "The Messerschmitt ME-262 was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft."  Due to the long time dedication of the DVHAA volunteers, a new facility was ready in the summer of 2000 for the future restoration projects of the Association and the museum was completed in 2001.

Messerchmitt ME-262 Fighter Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association Museum Willow Grove PAThe Willow Grove location was not chosen by accident as the collection was originally started in 1946 when LCdr David Asher rescued several historic aircraft from the scrap yard for display in Willow Grove.  These included some incredibly rare and historic aircraft some of which have needed extensive restoration.  Over the years, most of the original Asher Collection was transferred to other facilities leaving only the ME-262, but newer historic aircraft have continued to be added to the collection.

MD A-4M Skyhawk DVHAA Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum Willow Grove PAToday the collection encompasses 14 aircraft and many additional diplays covering aviation history from World War I to today.  The museum is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:30-3:00 and Saturdays and Sundays 10:30-4:00.  It is easily accessible by following Route 611 north from the Pennsylvania Turnpike about 3 miles.  The parking lot is on the left just south of the NAS JRB Willow Grove Main Gate.

This is a great educational way to spend a day and enjoy another local attraction.  Relax and enjoy.

If you ever need any information or have any questions, please let me know.

Comment balloon 0 commentsDavid Henke • August 26 2009 04:45PM
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