Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum
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A Pitcairn P8 Mailwing inside the museum
|Location||1155 Easton Rd
The Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum in Horsham, Pennsylvania is owned and operated by the Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association (DVHAA), a non-profit, 501(c)3, all volunteer organization. Opened in 2004, the museum features restored historic aircraft, flight helmets, flight gear, air to air missiles, Martin-Baker ejection seats, and military service medals.
Aircraft are on display both inside the museum and outside on the ground, and include:
- A10 "Thunderbolt"
- A4M Skyhawk
- C-1A Trader
- FA-18A Hornet
- F-84F "Thunderstreak"
- F8U1 Crusader
- F9F-2 Panther
- Fokker D.VIII
- H-13G Souix
- HUP-2 Retriever
- PA-8 "Mailwing"
- SH-2G Sea Sprite
- T34 Mentor
- UH-1V Huey
- UH-34J Sea Bat
- YF-2Y Sea Dart
The Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving the aviation history of the Greater Delaware Valley and aviation's history on a global scale, including the contributions of Harold F. Pitcairn and the men and women who served at NAS Willow Grove.
In May 1946, LCDR David Ascher arrived at NAS Willow Grove as the station’s first Aircraft Maintenance Officer. A few months later, a local high school acquired a P-40E “Kittyhawk” from the U.S. Army Air Forces but, after deciding not to keep it, the school turned it over to the Navy. Ascher led the movement to modify the aircraft and change the markings to those of a “Flying Tiger,” thus making the P-40E the first aircraft displayed at Willow Grove.
LCDR Ascher remained at NAS Willow Grove until 1952. Ascher died in 2006 at the age of 94, but his passion for the acquisition and preserving of several aircraft began NAS JRB Willow Grove’s long history of displaying military aircraft for the public to view.
In May 2002, the DVHAA broke ground along Route 611 in Horsham Township for the building that now holds the museum's artifact collection. By August 2003, the building that became the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum was ready to hold and display artifacts. In Spring 2004 the doors of the museum officially opened to the public.
- Letter written to DVHAA on June 26, 1987 by Retired Navy Lt.Cmdr. David Ascher, who was NAS Willow Grove's Aircraft Division Maintenance officer during the 1946 - 1951 time frame.
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