The Millville Airport was dedicated “America’s First Defense Airport” on August 2, 1941 by local, state, and federal officials. In less than a year, construction of military base facilities began, and in January 1943, the Millville Army Air Field opened as a gunnery school for fighter pilots. Gunnery training began with Curtiss P-40F “Warhawk” aircraft, but after a few weeks, the P-40s were gone, and the Republic P-47 “Thunderbolt” ruled the skies over Cumberland County. During its three year existence, thousands of soldiers and civilians served here, with about 1,500 pilots receiving advanced fighter training in the Thunderbolt.
Following the War, the airfield was declared excess to the governments needs, and returned to the City of Millville. Most of the airport buildings were converted to apartments for the many veterans returning from the war. The last of the apartments vanished in the early 1970s, and the airport soon became a hub of industry and aviation for Southern New Jersey.
Our mission is to promote our aviation history and encourage patriotic endeavors.
By providing impactful experiences through interactive exhibits, we educate and inspire people from around the world with the actions of American heroes past, present and future.
The restored Control Tower of the former WWII airfield at Dumfries, Scotland is the centerpiece of the Museum and is now a listed building. The Museum is run by volunteers and houses a large and ever expanding aircraft collection, aero engines and a very impressive display of artifacts and personal histories relating to aviation, past and present. Both civil and military are represented.There is also a small, but ever expanding collection of memorabilia honoring airborne forces.
The Purpose of the Corporation shall be as follows:
A. To promote, encourage and enjoy the sport and hobby of owning and flying WACO airplanes without regard to the date of manufacture.
B. To promote and encourage quality restoration and safe operation of WACO airplanes.
C. To encourage and engage in the improvement and better understanding of WACO airplanes and the older science of aeronautics.
D. To foster closer fellowship among members through the exchange of knowledge of WACO airplanes and through the exchange of ideas of mutual interest.
E. To foster, promote, and engage in the study of WACO aviation history.
F. To provide a framework for and to encourage the establishment of regional chapters of the American Waco Club.