The Military Aviation Museum is a private collection of vintage predominantly military aircraft started by Gerald Yagen, principal of a chain of for-profit aviation trade schools, in 2005. It is located on a private grass airstrip in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Although a relatively young collection, the MAM has grown very quickly to include an exceptionally diverse collection, with particular strength in World War I fighter replicas and in British, Soviet and German World War II aircraft. The collection is open to the public and is housed in a custom-built, 1930s’s style main display hangar plus auxilliary buildings that include a replica World War I hangar and an actual wartime German hangar relocated from Germany to house the museum’s German warbirds. It stages an airshow annually in mid-June and participates in other airshows throughout the eastern United States.
MAM’s restorations are to a high standard and its collection includes rare pieces such as the only operable de Havilland Mosquito and one of two operable Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3s (still in Russia at this writing). Its collection of 1930s fighters, though not actively flown, affords the enthusiast a rare chance to view a Polikarpov I-15, I-153 and I-16, as well as faithful replicas of a Hawker Fury and Boeing P-26. It also is among the museums to feature accurate flying replicas of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 and Messerchmitt Me 262.
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