CAPE MAY – Naval Air Station (NAS) Wildwood Aviation Museum will begin the 2013 summer season with two free events.
The museum has its most active schedule of events to date highlighted by visits from three classic World War II bombers and a P-51 Mustang.
The Free Historic Lecture Series will take place on June 4, 2013 at 7pm inside historic Hangar #1. Guest speaker Peter Fantacone of Mays Landing will recount his experience as a U.S. Navy sailor in Coast Guard Flotilla 4/10 during the invasion of Normandy at Omaha beach. His presentation will give you great insight of the courage and honor possessed by the men who participated in the invasion.
On June 8, the museum will hold a free community open house as part of the Runway 5k & Fun Walk activities. Guests are invited to come see all the new exhibits and renovations at the museum and cheer on the runners. There will be no admission charge from 9 a.m. – 12 noon on June 8. Recruits from USCG Training Center Cape May will be taking part in the run; Cape May Brewing Company will provide samples to participants (21 & older) and there will be a DJ playing music.
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is located in Historic Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport, New Jersey. Cape May Airport was formerly Naval Air Station Wildwood, which served as a World War II dive-bomber training center. The museum is dedicated to the 42 airmen who perished while training at Naval Air Station Wildwood between 1943 and 1945.
*Three Tuesdays in June – Free Historic Lecture Series @ 7PM
June 4th – Peter Fantacone
“WWII Veteran recalls Bloody Day at Normandy”, followed by Q&A
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a first-hand account detailing the Invasion of Normandy. Mr. Peter Fantacone, 87, of Mays Landing, NJ, is a World War II veteran who participated in the invasion of Normandy during D-Day. He will recount his experience serving as a U.S. Navy sailor in Coast Guard Flotilla 4/10 aboard one of 18 landing craft infantry ships (LCIs). Twelve of the eighteen LCIs were run by all Coast Guard crews and landed troops on the infamous Omaha Beach 69 years ago. All of the crewmembers aboard Fantacone’s LCI 492 survived D-Day; however, only three of the men are still alive to tell the story of D-Day. His presentation will give you pause as you reflect on the courage of great Americans that had fallen and the honor of those who live to tell the story.
Dr. Geoffrey Rassano. *Special Lecture during American Pride Days –
11 am “Stalking the U-Boat & 1 pm “Hero of the Angry Sky”
A graduate of Tufts University and the University of North Carolina, Geoffrey L. Rossano is an instructor of history at the Salisbury School in Salisbury, CT. He is the author/editor of many books including: “Stalking the U-Boat: U.S. Naval Aviation in Europe during World War I” (winner of the 2010 Roosevelt Prize in Naval History); and his newest ”Hero of the Angry Sky” draws on the unpublished diaries, correspondence, informal memoir and other personal documents of the U.S. Navy’s only flying “ace” of World War I to tell his unique story.
June 18th- Joan Berkey
Images of America US Coast Guard Training Center at Cape May, Lecture, Book Signing, and Q&A
Joan is a historic preservation consultant and architectural historian who lives in Cape May County and has resided in southern New Jersey for more than 40 years. Since obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College (Towson, MD), she has worked for an architectural firm specializing in historic preservation, was past executive director of Preservation New Jersey, and served on the board of the New Jersey Historic Trust. Ms. Berkey has also worked for National Trust for Historic Preservation, the New Jersey Historic Trust, and several South Jersey counties and municipalities. She is the author of Early Architecture of Cape May County: The Heavy Timber Frame Tradition (Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society, 2008), Naval Air Station Wildwood (Arcadia, 2010) and US Coast Guard Training Center at Cape May (Arcadia, 2012). She and her husband restored the ca. 1790 Thomas (Jr.) and Zilpah Ludlam House in Dennis Township/Cape May County and their restoration received an Award of Excellence from the DEP/State Historic Preservation Office in 2010.
June 25th- Ken Kula
“Warbirds around the World”, followed by Q&A
Ken is a writer & photographer. After graduating college Ken started a 30 year Air Traffic Control (ATC) career and began to travel extensively to air shows and events around the world. Between his ATC career and his passion for aviation photography, Ken has amassed a group of stories and pictures that he’ll share with you to convey some of the historic moments that he’s been fortunate to take part in from the 1980s through today.
June 8th – 9am – Runway 5K Run & Fun Walk
Cape May County’s newest & most unique event for 2013! With the cooperation of the Delaware River & Bay Authority (operators of the Cape May Airport), the airport will temporarily close to air traffic to allow runners and walkers this unique opportunity to compete on the runway!
June 10th-12th – American Pride Days, featuring B-17 fly-in
In partnership with the Yankee Air Museum. B-17 walk-through tours included with regular admission! Flights on the B-17 “Yankee Lady” are available, please call Dave Wright (734-483-4030 ext. 236) to book a reservation. B-17 will be at the museum all day June 10, 11, 12! Special guest speakers include: Geoffrey Rossano (Tue. June 11, 2013