FLY WITH US
The National Naval Aviation Museum is alive with history and adventure. Each year, visitors by the thousands marvel at our restored aircraft, authentic memorabilia and unique adventures. The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) for-cause organization and is responsible for fundraising and development to support those one-of-a-kind experiences.
WHAT WE DO
The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation is the sole benefactor to the National Naval Aviation Museum—and the fuel that allows the Museum to take flight. The Foundation is responsible for funding all Museum operation, expansion and activity. The Foundation works diligently to raise funds through gifts and memberships. All funding, aside from Foundation staffing and operational costs, goes to the operation, maintenance and enhancement of the Museum, including Museum expansion, aircraft preservation, conservation and maintenance, development of new exhibits and support of day to day functions. This includes custodial services, marketing, operation of the Museum’s various attractions (such as our Naval Aviation Memorial Giant Screen Theater, flight simulators, Blue Angels 4D Experience and Flight Deck gift shop), as well as the production of major events at the Museum. The Foundation also supports the advancement of STEM education through the National Flight Academy, a cutting edge, aviation-themed learning experience.
SB2C Helldiver Restoration
Recovered from Otay Reservoir in 2010, SB2C-4 Helldiver Bureau Number 19866 is awaiting restoration at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
Though the aircraft are the largest of the Museum relics, they are just one dimension of the collection. More than 4,000 uniforms, flight gear, weaponry, medals and decorations add a personal touch to the story of Naval Aviation.
The Blue Angels flew the A-4 Skyhawk during the period 1974-1986. Called the “Tinker Toy” because of its diminutive size, the A-4 bore the brunt of Naval Aviation’s strike effort during the Vietnam War. Vietnam prisoners of war CDR Everett Alvarez, VADM James Stockdale and CAPT (later Senator) John McCain were shot down flying A-4s.