VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. (August 27th, 2022) – Like so many organizations, the Military Aviation Museum has faced challenges over the last couple of years and has not been immune to the labor shortages that have affected nearly every business and museum. After a careful review of the current aircraft maintenance constraints, the museum has made the difficult decision to revise their flying activities for the remainder of 2022. This revision will temporarily reduce the total number of aircraft maintained in flying status within the collection so that each airplane retained on the flying list will continue to receive the highest standard of care and workmanship from our aircraft maintainers.
Museum Director, Keegan Chetwynd explained further, “Safety is our utmost priority with the operation of our collection. Secondary to that is our desire to deliver a great experience to our air show audiences, and with a reduced complement of aircraft flying the remainder of the season, it will not be possible to host Warbirds Over the Beach as planned on October 1st & 2nd. We will be working with our mechanics and aircrews to announce a revised date in 2023.”
The silver lining will be the introduction of the Tanks and Tracks event on the original air show dates of October 1st and 2nd 2022. The largest gathering of WWII Armored Vehicles in Virginia Beach, this two-day event will feature a variety of WWII-era tanks, armored and tracked vehicles, artillery pieces, and flame-throwers. In addition, there will be a Living History encampment, tank and weapons demonstrations, guided tours of the RAF Goxhill Watch Tower, and special opportunities to ride in a tank. There will be a selection of food trucks each day.
For event tickets and tank ride purchases, visit the event website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tanks-tracks-2022-tickets-408651847677 or at the event.
If you have any questions, please call (757) 721-7767 or visit https://militaryaviationmuseum.org/. The Military Aviation Museum is located at 1341 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457.
About the Military Aviation Museum:A 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of airworthy military aircraft from the first 50-years of flight. Truly a living museum, its aircraft are in restoration at facilities around the world. Besides the main Museum the Virginia Beach complex features additional exhibition spaces, including a mid-1930s Luftwaffe hangar, originally from Cottbus, Germany, which now serves to house the Museum’s collection of WWII-vintage German aircraft. Additional structures include the WWI Hangar, and the original control tower from RAF Goxhill built in England in 1942. Visit www.militaryaviationmuseum.org for more information or call 757-721-7767.
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