Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Hangar No. 1, United States Naval Air Station Wildwood

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Preservation Grant, Level II
Grant Award: $534,409 (2000); $28,618 (2002); $103,784 (2006); $251,340 (2010)
Grant Recipient: NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum
County: Cape May
Municipality: 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 2010 Trust grant helped fund ADA improvements to the building and structural repairs to the roof trusses. The 2006 grant helped fund ongoing exterior restoration including window and door restoration and replacement of select exterior cladding. The grant also addressed the need for emergency egress lighting to bring the building up to code. Previous Trust funding supported the preparation of a preservation plan, restoration of the telescoping doors, roof truss repairs, and exterior restoration work.

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