The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia, holds one of the largest private collections of World War II flying aircraft, including a number of naval planes.
Open since May 2008, it is located on 102 private acres occupied by Virginia Beach Airport, which has a 5,000-foot grass runway. Each of its aircraft was either salvaged or purchased from other collections and, according to the museum, carefully restored by military aviation engineers.
The main 65,000-square-foot building encompasses two hangars connected by a center welcome and display facility. The eastern side typically houses naval aircraft, while the western hangar generally exhibits army and air force airplanes.
Visitors to the main building are transported back into history, first viewing a reproduction flyable 1911 Wright EX Flyer. The Vin Fiz–sponsored EX made the first United States transcontinental flight, with many crashes and repairs. Arranged around the aircraft are artifacts from World War II, including a German staff car, a BMW motorcycle, British Dingo scout car, 25-pounder howitzer, and a Willys jeep.