Open Cockpit Weekends
- March 29/30, May 24/25, July 26/27, September 27/28, November 15/16
Held five times a year, the museum opens the cockpits of many of the museum airplanes, helicopters and a fire truck. Visitors experience real 'hands on' cockpit understanding. They learn more about how pilots fly and what the controls and instrumentation do. Pilots and guides are on hand to answer any questions.
Hours: 10am to 4PM (Admission price: $8 for adults/$6 for children)
WINGS AND WHEELS AIR EXPO - 2014 - (Father's Day Weekend)
A family event featuring WW II Airplanes, helicopters and other unique aircraft, Military Vehicles, vintage and contemporary Show Cars and Live Entertainment. Guests of Honor and special features for kids as well as contests, interesting exhibitions, unique vendors and food concessions.
See from a previous year show photos.
Donation: Adults $15, Seniors & Children $8, Under 3 FREE. Veterans (proudly wearing a veterans cap of any kind), and Active Duty Military (with I.D.) FREE.
Gates open to the public 9:00 a.m.
Filmed by Eric Schmidt
Wings and Wheels 2012 photos
Wings and Wheels 2011 photos
Wings and Wheels 2010 photos
2014 AVIATION HALL OF FAME INDUCTION DINNER OCTOBER 7th at 6 PM!
Tickets are $100. This years inductees are:
Joe Crecca - From Bloomfield, Crecca was an F-4 Vietnam combat pilot, shot down after 75 missions. As a P.O.W. he was incarcerated in the same camp as John McCain. After release Crecca became a test pilot on early military low visibility approach technology. Later he was a Captain with Fedex.
Kenneth "Hock" Todd Ham - Born in Plainfield - was a U.S. astronaut and a Captain in the United States Navy. Ham was selected by NASA's in August 1998, while serving as the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet lead carrier suitability test pilot. He was a two-time Shuttle astronaut, flying once as mission commander.
Jay Zeamer, Jr. - A past Orange resident, Zeamer commanded an unescorted B-17 flight over the Pacific which was intercepted by 17 Japanese fighters. Though badly wounded he got his crew home. Zeamer was the last living USAAF Medal of Honor winner. He later became an aeronautical engineer.
For further information please call us at (201) 288-6344
Joe De Luccia at museum:11/7/2014 Friday 7PM
Joe De Luccia, a radio operator/gunner who flew 32 combat missions between June and October 1944, will be at the museum. Mr. De Luccia will describe what it was like in aerial combat during World War II inside a B-17 Flying Fortress. He will also discuss gaining control of the skies over Germany in preparation of the later Allied invasion.
Admission $8.00 Adults, $6.00 seniors and children under 1
Salute to Veterans Day: 11/9/2014
A Sunday Service from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the Aviation Hall of Fame recognizing our veterans' contribution to our nations' security and freedom.
2014 Event Article(PDF)-The Gazette
SANTA FLY-IN - 12/6/2014 Saturday
Doors open at 10 AM and Santa arrives at 11 AM
Kris Kringle circles the museum in a helicopter and then rides into our parking lot in an airport fire truck!
Adult admission $8, Kids under 12 free!!
From time to time we have speakers giving their lectures on various aviation/space subjects. Check web site periodically for these events.