Aircraft & Exhibits
The National Naval Aviation Museum features over 150 beautifully restored aircraft, including rare and one-of-a-kind flying machines such as the NC-4 (first to cross the Atlantic by air), SBD Dauntless Bureau Number 2106 (a veteran of the Battle of Midway), the Que Sera Sera (first aircraft to land at the South Pole), the last combat F-14D Tomcat, and many, many more.
Continuing the story of Naval Aviation, the Museum’s exhibits provide a closer look at the people and events that shaped our history. From vintage uniforms and historic documents displayed in brilliant mahogany display cases, to dioramas that transport visitors to the World War I Western Front, Main Street U.S.A. in 1943, and the depths of Lake Michigan, the exhibits of the National Naval Aviation Museum seek to capture the human element of the enduring history of Naval air power.
Naval Aviation Memorial Giant Screen Theater
The Naval Aviation Memorial Giant Screen Theater features the latest in state-of-the-art motion picture projection. The theater houses a stunning premium laser-illuminated projection system boasting full 4K resolution—nearly 9 million pixels on-screen—the first of its kind installed in an institutional theater. Images of unsurpassed size, clarity and impact, enhanced by a superb sound system, are projected onto a giant screen nearly three-and-a-half times brighter and with more vibrant colors than normal theaters.
3D Flight Simulators – ready for takeoff! We have two state-of-the-art MaxFlight 360 Simulators; under your control, these one-of-a-kind simulators are capable of air-to-air combat and stunt flying. Combined with patented, fully interactive 360 degree pitch and roll technology, kids and adults are sure to agree that MaxFlight is one of the world’s most exciting indoor attractions! Come experience the multiple flight scenarios with dozens of different aircraft; out of home entertainment—out of this world fun!
The Motion-Based Simulator is a five-minute, multi-sensory experience that combines a movie-like audiovisual presentation using a high-definition projection screen and surround-sound, with the motion of the ride compartment. The fully enclosed simulator capsule, which accommodates up to 15 passengers, can move in six directions, allowing you to experience horizontal rolls, longitudinal pitches and vertical climbs.
Blue Angels 4D Experience
Fly with the Blue Angels in the Museum’s new attraction, the Blue Angels 4D Theater. Located in Hangar Bay One, visitors will enjoy exciting, action-packed aerial maneuvers with the Blue Angels. With 3D images and surprising special effects, you’ll feel like you’re a part of a Blue Angels air show.
Blue Angels Practices
The National Naval Aviation Museum is proud to share a home with the United States Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron!
Cubi Bar Café
Grab a bite to eat! The Cubi Bar Café is open daily and serves soups, salads, deli sandwiches and dessert. Our breads are baked fresh daily. Most menu items bear names that are a tribute to aviation, such as the Aviator Sandwich and the Chicken Pita Pilot.
Virtual Flight Deck
The immersive Flight Deck Operations exhibit puts visitors inside a C-2 Greyhound aircraft for a briefing on flight deck operations and a simulated flight to the carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). Once “on board,” they are treated to the sights, sounds and sensations of standing on the deck of an aircraft carrier using footage shot especially for the Museum complemented by wind blowing across the flight deck, the smell of jet fumes, and the rumble of F/A-18 Hornet catapult launches and traps.
Discover the interior of some of your favorite aircraft by jumping in one of our Cockpit Trainers. Climb inside these cockpits, move the control stick, flip switches, and pretend that you are actually flying! The playing of radio transmissions heard by actual aviators approaching an aircraft carrier add to the experience. Cockpit Trainers can typically be found on the Quarterdeck near the Museum entrance, on the Second Deck near our MaxFlight 360 simulators, and throughout the Museum, many near their represented aircraft. There is no charge to access the Cockpit Trainers.
Kiddie Hawk Play Area
Families with young children age 5 and under enjoy the popular Kiddie Hawk play area. Modeled to look like the island of an aircraft carrier, Kiddie Hawk features many items that are found on a real ship. Here young visitors can enjoy playing with the fireman’s pole, rope ladders, binoculars, periscopes and the ship’s helm. They can also enjoy interactive devices such as button-activated ship sounds, an intercom system, and other mock control panels.
The Flight Deck Store
The Flight Deck Store within the National Naval Aviation Museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and our Online Store is open 24/7! No matter how you shop with us, you will find unique items and gear that you won’t find anywhere else. Most of our clothing is designed and manufactured exclusively for us, and all of our gear is inspired by the aviators and crew that serve our great country. Whether you are shopping for yourself or buying a gift for a loved one, you are sure to find something to express that passion for aviation. All profits from our sales are used toward fulfilling the mission of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.