Aircraft Preservation and Maintenance

Each year, nearly one million people visit the Museum and are awestruck by aircraft on display. what few people realize is the extensive work required to bring these artifacts to life.

The Museum houses some of the most significant examples of naval aircraft anywhere in the world. While most aircraft came directly from Navy inventory, a handful were lost to history until extensive research identified the location of each plane. Each aircraft was resurrected from a number of different places, ranging from the bottom of Lake Michigan to a nameless lake near the Arctic Circle.

Over 40 rare warbirds were recovered through the efforts of the Museum and Foundation. Corroded, torn and deteriorated, these and other warbirds were brought to the volunteers and staff of the National Naval Aviation Museum and Naval Aviation Museum Foundation where thousands of man-hours were spent preparing them for their new mission.

Driven by passion for Naval Aviation, a group of staff and volunteers continually dedicate their craftsmanship, knowledge, personal time and assistance to the preservation and maintenance of the Museum’s aircraft.


360° Panoramas

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Restoration of F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number 25910

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