Text: Serge Van Heertum -  Pictures: Fred Kruger & Military Aviation Museum Virginia Beach ęSBAP 2014

 

The Military Aviation Museum of Virginia Beach, located about fifteen miles south of NAS Oceana, comprises one of the largest collection of warbirds restored to flying conditions. The concept of this museum is comparable to the Shuttleworth or the Salis Collection. This collection includes marvelous flying machines ranging from WWI to the Vietnam conflict.

The museum, which opened its doors in 2008, is situated on a private airfield with a grass runway of 5200 feet and no less than 8 hangars shelters tens of marvels of aviation history. It was created by Gerald Yagen who's goal was to show the younger generations these aircraft in their habitat, the sky, and perpetuate the remembrance of all those who had written combat actions sometimes giving their life to succeed. For Gerald Yagen it is more than a museum, it is a concept, an experience!

As a great deal of museum, flying or not, throughout the world, the Virginia Beach museum is supported by a fixed staff and volunteers which dedicate their spare time and passion to restore these beauties to flying conditions.

When one says flying museum, one says also organization of airshows requiring a lot of resources and every year in a real spirit of comradeship these passionate organizes several events.

Recently the museum was on the specialized news due to financial problems, but it is important to clarify that the direct causes of these problems arose from the change in regulation regarding national education... One has to know that Gerald Yagen created a trust, including the museum, technical schools and schools specialized in aeronautical maintenance.  Due to the new decree these schools lost a lot of students putting a financial strain on the group. To counter these financial problems, the only solution was to sell some of the airplanes and so about 12 aircraft were sold. Nowadays none of the remaining planes needs to be sold and as the financial situation regained a healthy status, the boss tried to buy back the already sold airplanes.

One of the latest restorations is a splendid Mosquito FB.26, originally from Canada and restored to flying conditions. A remarkable and titan's job when you see the state of the wreck on reception. The aircraft was restored to a FB.VI having served within the 487 Squadron of the RNZAF.

A brilliant accomplishment to be very proud of.

As we can see, Gerald Yagen is really eager to succeed and the Virginia Beach museum is alive and kicking thanks to the professional staff and enthusiastic volunteers.

If you happen to cross the Atlantic and are in the vicinity, do go to the museum and enter this fabulous world of aviation.

For further information and event dates, please do click on the logo at the bottom of this page.
Have a nice virtual tour!

Google map view of the airfield Bleriot XI (Reconstruction)
Fokker Dr.I (Reconstruction) Fokker D.VIII (Reconstruction)
Albatros D.Va (Reconstruction)
Fokker D.VII (Reconstruction) Sopwith Pup (Replica)
Nieuport 17 (Reconstruction) Avro 504K (Reconstruction)
Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter (Reconstruction) Nieuport 11 (Replica)
SPAD S.XIII (Replica) Halberstadt CL.IV (Reconstruction)
Fokker D.VI (Reconstruction) Curtiss JN "Jenny" (Reconstruction)
Fairchild PT-19 Stearman N2S-3 "Kaydet"
N.A.F. N3N-3 "Canary" Laister-Kauffman TG-4A
Boeing P-26D "Peashooter" (Replica) Waco YMF-5
De Havilland DH.89 "Dragon Rapide" De Havilland DH.82A "Tiger Moth"
Hawker Fury (Replica) Foke Wulf FW-44J "Stieglitz"
General view of the jewell box... ...and an other one.
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIb Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXe
The wreck before the splendid restoration works De Havilland DH.98 "Mosquito"
Start up... ...and the beauty in flight!
Messerschmitt Bf.108 "Taifun" Fieseler Fi.156 "Storch"
Focke Wulf FW-190 A8 Focke Wulf FW-190D "Dora" (Reconstruction)
Junkers Ju-52/3m "Tante Ju" Messerchmitt Me-262 "Schwalbe" (Reconstruction)
Polikarpov Po-2 "Mule" Polikarpov I-15 bis
Polikarpov I-153 "Chaika" Polikarpov I-16 "Rata"
Mikoyan Gurevitch Mig-3 (Reconstruction) Lavochkin La-9 "Fritz"
Aichi D3A "Val" (Replica based on Vultee BT-13) made for the movie "Tora Tora Tora"
North American B-25J "Mitchell" Bell P-63 "Kingcobra"
Curtiss Wright P-40E "Warhawk" Pushed out for run up...
Consolidated PBY-5A "Catalina" General Motors TBM-3E "Avenger"
General Motors FM-2 "Wildcat" Douglas AD-4 "Skyraider"
Maintenance and restorations
Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 in restoration North American SNJ-2 in maintenance
Another one in restoration Star engine ready to be mounted
Vehicles and other items...
Amunition transporter

1944 88mm Flak model 37 gun...

...still working!
Huck's starter British "Welbike"
Daimler Scout Car "Dingo" Bren Gun Carrier
FORD Jeep in the AVG colours Hanomag-Kurier staff car
"Enigma" German coding machine German "Cottbus" hangar
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