While the history hidden within Washington DC has long been attracting tourists from around the nation, there are plenty of other history-centered attractions outside of the city that are deserving of attention. In Virginia Beach, about three hours outside the nation's capital, the Military Aviation Museum is taking visitors back in time through the development of our nation's air defense.
The events coordinator of the museum, Mitchell Welch, says, "A central part of our mission is to share the living legacy of military aviation with future generations. By visiting the museum, students experience these aircraft and histories in a way not possible via textbook... The size, the smells, and the reality of these aircraft take on a whole new meaning to the students."
A trip to the Military Aviation Museum is an excellent attraction option for a wide array of subjects, whether that be history, science, engineering, or JROTC, as students can explore in great depth the details behind all the different types of military aircraft spanning from 1911 to the end of World War II. Students can examine over 70 aircraft, as well as other interesting exhibits such as the full-scale cutaway Double Wasp engine and the German Enigma Decoding Machine. Students will also learn the stories of the people that flew these plans and the men and women that built them.
Make the Military Aviation Museum a stop on your next field trip!