Since the opening of the Hangar Bay One expansion in late 2010, the National Naval Aviation Museum has been undergoing one of the largest renovations in its history. As this major undertaking continues, a fully immersive panoramic tour of the Museum has become available to display the wonder of the world's largest Naval Aviation museum. Featuring over 100 panoramas, the Virtual Tour takes online visitors throughout the facility, giving them a window to the aircraft and exhibits displayed in honor of the achievements and sacrifices made over a century of Naval Aviation.
Further, as part of our panoramic tour we have published the first in a series of cockpit panoramas that enable visitors to sit behind the sights in a number of unique and historic aircraft. Chief among this set is Bureau Number 2106, an SBD-2 Dauntless dive bomber and the only known surviving warbird to have fought in the Battle of Midway. Flying with Marine Scout Bombing Squadron (VMSB) 241, Bureau Number 2106, piloted by First Lieutenant Daniel Iverson and with Private 1/c Wallace Reid as gunner, dive bombed the Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu the morning of June 4th 1942.
We will feature a new cockpit every week through the end of the year, so check back regularly for the latest look inside our most famous and unique warbirds!