Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Preservation Grant, Level II
Grant Award: $534,409 (2000); $28,618 (2002); $103,784 (2006); $251,340 (2010); $38,820 (2017); $29,813 (2018) Grant Recipient: NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum County: Cape MayMunicipality: Middle Township
Hangar No. 1 is of national significance and is a Save America's Treasures site. The hangar displays a number of historic military aircraft and exhibits including a National Register-listed fighter jet. Naval Air Station Wildwood, and specifically Hangar No. 1, are significant for their roles in naval dive-bombing pilot training for the Pacific Theater of Operation during World War II. Military experts believe that the Wildwood Naval Air Station was probably the most important of the half-dozen bases supporting naval dive bomber training during the war.
The 2018 Trust grant helped fund the preparation of an update to a 2004 preservation plan. The 2017 grant helped fund structural repairs to the column and truss structure at the northwest corner of the hangar. The 2010 Trust grant helped fund ADA improvements to the building and structural repairs to the roof trusses. Previous Trust funding supported ongoing exterior restoration including window and door restoration and replacement of select exterior cladding, addressed the need for emergency egress lighting to bring the building up to code, preparation of a preservation plan, restoration of the telescoping doors, roof truss repairs, and exterior restoration work.
For more information, visit: https://usnasw.org/the-hangar/