Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum - DVHAA

Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum - DVHAA OUR MUSEUM HAS ONE OF THE MOST HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT COLLECTIONS OF STATICALLY DISPLAYED AIRCRAFT IN THE COUNTRY!

The Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum is located along Route 611 between Maple Avenue and County Line Road in Horsham, PA, approximately thirty minutes north of Philadelphia. School and group tours are welcome. Private parties and special events are available upon request. Free parking is available directly in front of the museum. ADMISSION: Adults $6.00 Children (6 - 18) $4.00 Children under 5 - Free Active Duty Military - Free Family Discounts Available For more information, visit our website at: http://wingsoffreedommuseum.org/ The DVHAA is a non-profit, 501(c)3, all volunteer organization. We receive no federal funding. Your tax deductable donations are greatly appreciated.

The 2019 Wings of Freedom’s 16th annual Golf Outing will be held at the prestigious Blue Bell Country Club’s 18-Hole...
07/13/2019

The 2019 Wings of Freedom’s 16th annual Golf Outing will be held at the prestigious Blue Bell Country Club’s 18-Hole Arnold Palmer Signature Designed Course!

The course offers golfers a tremendously gratifying and memorable golf experience with 18 holes of golf incorporating a challenging layout with rolling hills, water hazards and strategically positioned recently installed bunkers.

You can make your team’s reservation and select a sponsorship opportunity on our Website!
Click on …
www.WOFgolfouting.com

Mustangs supreme!Captain Ray Littge, flying his P-51D “Miss Helen”, leads the 487th Fighter Squadron back home over ...
07/13/2019

Mustangs supreme!

Captain Ray Littge, flying his P-51D “Miss Helen”, leads the 487th Fighter Squadron back home over the familiar Suffolk coastline in April 1945. Artist Anthony Saunders has chosen P-51s of the Mighty Eighth’s 352nd Fighter Group to represent all those who flew Mustangs so heroically with the US 8th Air Force from England during WWII.

The winter of 1944 - 45 was one of the worst on record with temperatures plunging across the whole of the UK and Europe, bringing with it ice, freezing fog and drifting snow. But the war had gone on oblivious to the weather, and by April 1945 the end was finally in sight.

The Luftwaffe was putting up little serious opposition. After escorting the heavy bombers to their targets, complete groups of P-51 Mustangs were sweeping the entire western Reich on the return trip, strafing anything hostile on the ground. On one such mission fifteen Fighter Groups had gone on a strafing spree attacking 40 airfields in eastern Bavaria and western Czechoslovakia, claiming a record number of 747 aircraft destroyed on the ground.

Beyond the Storm by Anthony Saunders

When the American Eighth Air Force arrived in England in 1942 they had a second enemy to battle besides the Luftwaffe – the English weather.

The mighty Eighth, the largest and most powerful air force in the world, were on many occasions almost paralyzed by the unpredictable and unexpected climate – much to the relief of the Luftwaffe. Many of the aircrew had trained in the sunny air of southern California and took time to adjust to the grey, dismal skies, and the rolling banks of cloud that gathered over England and the near continent.

The winter of 1944 / 45 had been one of the worst on record with temperatures plunging across the whole country, bringing with it ice, freezing fog and drifting snow. But the war had gone on oblivious to the weather, and by April 1945 the sunless, dreary skies that had cast their frosty shadow over much of north-west Europe were long gone and the end was finally in sight.

This reflected the feeling amongst most of Europe towards the war in general – the storm was finally passing. Shortages of fuel, pilots and spares meant that the Luftwaffe was on its last legs, putting up little serious opposition. By now, after escorting the heavy bombers to their targets, complete groups of P-51 Mustangs were sweeping the entire western Reich on the return trip, strafing anything hostile on the ground. On one such mission fifteen Fighter Groups had gone on a strafing spree attacking 40 airfields in eastern Bavaria and western Czechoslovakia, claiming a record number of 747 aircraft destroyed on the ground. There wasn’t much left for the P-51s to destroy.

In this pair of eye-catching pieces, Anthony Saunders has chosen P-51s of the Mighty Eighth’s 352nd Fighter Group to represent all those who flew Mustangs so heroically with the US 8th Air Force from England during WWII. In the first, CHECKING OUT, the bad weather that has dogged the past few days is thankfully clearing, allowing the Group to begin their dispersal from Bodney to take part in an escort mission in early 1945. In the second, BEYOND THE STORM, the bad weather is, however, once again closing in as Captain Ray Littge, flying his P-51D Miss Helen, leads the 487th Fighter Squadron back home over the familiar Suffolk coastline in April 1945.

Image and text from Military Gallery

The Museum will be closing at 02:30 PM on Saturday 07/27/2019. We are holding a private event ... a Volunteer Appreciati...
07/13/2019

The Museum will be closing at 02:30 PM on Saturday 07/27/2019. We are holding a private event ... a Volunteer Appreciation BBQ later in the afternoon!

Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum - DVHAA's cover photo
07/12/2019

Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum - DVHAA's cover photo

On the 10th of July 1943, following the crushing defeat of Germany and Italy by the Allies in North Africa, the next pha...
07/10/2019
10 July 1943 - This Day in Aviation

On the 10th of July 1943, following the crushing defeat of Germany and Italy by the Allies in North Africa, the next phase of the war plan was the invasion of Sicily.

This began with the largest airborne assault ever attempted by U.S. and British paratroopers up to that time.

10 July 1943: Following the defeat of Germany and Italy by the Allies in North Africa, the next phase of the war plan was the invasion of Sicily. This began with the largest airborne assault ever attempted by U.S. and British paratroopers up to that time. Shortly after midnight, a Regimental Combat....

Incredibly rare images of World War II Hawker Hurricanes from The Shuttleworth Collection located at the Old Warden Aero...
07/10/2019

Incredibly rare images of World War II Hawker Hurricanes from The Shuttleworth Collection located at the Old Warden Aerodrome, Old Warden in Bedfordshire, UK.

Sunrise at the Museum! Incredible images!I thank Peter Jacobson for these totally stunning photographs that he posted to...
07/10/2019

Sunrise at the Museum! Incredible images!

I thank Peter Jacobson for these totally stunning photographs that he posted to our Page!

07/09/2019
This is Flight

Some totally amazing in-flight footage from the 2019 Shuttleworth Military Airshow in the UK ... featured a display of seven Hawker Hurricanes; the largest gathering of Hurricanes in the UK since 1946.

The Shuttleworth Collection is an aeronautical and automotive museum located at the Old Warden Aerodrome, Old Warden in Bedfordshire, England. It is one of the most prestigious in the world due to the variety of old and well-preserved aircraft.

Highlights from the Shuttleworth Military Airshow at Old Warden, featuring the largest formation of Hurricanes since 1946. It also included the Royal Jordanian Falcons, B-17G "Sally B" and P-47D "Nellie".

Watch in higher quality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tN-Ma66XPY

Video by Adam Landau

Music by Really Slow Motion (https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Really_Slow_Motion?id=Abd3suexrc2vzptmj7c5vb5vp2q)

Behind the Scenes in Restoration:P-3 Orion Restoration Project ... Progress Report:Work on the finalization of the detai...
07/08/2019

Behind the Scenes in Restoration:
P-3 Orion Restoration Project ... Progress Report:

Work on the finalization of the detail painting is now really underway since the arrival of the man-lift! This is a photo essay of the activity!

My thanks to Paul our Restoration Co-Manager for all these amazing photographs!

07/08/2019
Classic Wings Magazine

Absolutely stunning in-flight footage over some of the most beautiful scenery in New Zealand ... the 2019 Classic Fighters Airshow at Omaka, New Zealand,

Every second year we are proud to be a supporter of the Classic Fighters Airshow. This magical event takes place at our home airfield here at Omaka, New Zealand, as a fund raiser for the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. This year, staff member James Orphan put together a plan with Reid Helicopters Nelson pilot Toby Reid and Aeroptics cinematographer Peter Thompson to record something extra special to celebrate some of the magnificent aircraft in attendance.

Be assured that planning is already well underway for Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka 2021. It's not too early to pencil it into your 2021 travel calendar. It will be our 20th anniversary airshow and one you won't want to miss, so make sure that if you only go to one airshow in 2021, it's this one!

In the meantime, if you'd like us to present more of our unique machines in creative ways like this, please support us by subscribing to Classic Wings. You'll be so pleased you did.

The 2019 Wings of Freedom’s 16th annual Golf Outing will be held at the prestigious Blue Bell Country Club’s 18-Hole...
07/06/2019

The 2019 Wings of Freedom’s 16th annual Golf Outing will be held at the prestigious Blue Bell Country Club’s 18-Hole Arnold Palmer Signature Designed Course!

The course offers golfers a tremendously gratifying and memorable golf experience with 18 holes of golf incorporating a challenging layout with rolling hills, water hazards and strategically positioned recently installed bunkers.

You can make your team’s reservation and select a sponsorship opportunity on our Website!
Click on …
www.WOFgolfouting.com

For those fans, friends and followers who like their aviation forays into the future ..."Rogue Squadron" by the very tal...
07/05/2019

For those fans, friends and followers who like their aviation forays into the future ...

"Rogue Squadron" by the very talented artist Kevin Weber
(A 18x24 Oil-on-Panel painting)

Luke Skywalker flying his T-65 X-Wing Fighter "Red 5" departs the rebel base on Yavin 4 on a mission to destroy the Death Star.

"Rogue Squadron"
18x24 Oil on Panel

Luke Skywalker flying his T-65 X-Wing Fighter "Red 5" departs the rebel base on Yavin 4 on a mission to destroy the Death Star.

Original painting is available.

Thank you to everyone who gave of their time and  participated in the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum's July 4th annual...
07/05/2019

Thank you to everyone who gave of their time and participated in the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum's July 4th annual parade events in Southampton and Lower Southampton.
My special thanks also go to our Historian (and Events Coordinator!) Virginia for planning and leading this splendid effort!

Our Museum is that incredible blending of excitement, fun and enjoyable learning!Hundreds of families have written to th...
07/04/2019

Our Museum is that incredible blending of excitement, fun and enjoyable learning!

Hundreds of families have written to thank us for the memorable time their children and grandchildren have enjoyed at the Museum!

Put us high on your places-to-go list! We are “HIGHLY RARED” on TripAdvisor and the Number 1 family destination on our area’s Hulafrog list of family destinations!

Wishing all of our Facebook Followers and Friends a Happy Independence Day!This idealized depiction of (left to right) F...
07/04/2019

Wishing all of our Facebook Followers and Friends a Happy Independence Day!

This idealized depiction of (left to right) Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson working on the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia was widely reprinted from a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1900.

Happy Independence Day to all our Members and Volunteers!On the 4th of July we commemorate and celebrate this momentous ...
07/04/2019

Happy Independence Day to all our Members and Volunteers!

On the 4th of July we commemorate and celebrate this momentous occasion when domination and oppression by an autocrat was brought to an end!

The United States Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776. The Declaration announced that the Thirteen Colonies at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain would regard themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states, no longer under British rule.

With the Declaration, these new states took a collective first step toward forming the United States of America. The declaration was signed by representatives from New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

This is a high-resolution image of the United States Declaration of Independence. This image is a version of the 1823 William Stone facsimile; Stone may well have used a wet pressing process that removed ink from the original document onto a contact sheet for the purpose of making the engraving.

07/04/2019
Everyone is always welcome at our Museum!The Museum has once again signed-up to renew its pledge to fight against all fo...
06/30/2019

Everyone is always welcome at our Museum!

The Museum has once again signed-up to renew its pledge to fight against all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, citizenship, gender, marital status or any other characteristic or classification. Discrimination is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

To enable our Volunteers to spend the Independence Day holiday in celebration with their family and friends the Museum w...
06/29/2019

To enable our Volunteers to spend the Independence Day holiday in celebration with their family and friends the Museum will be closed on Thursday, the 4th of July, 2019.

06/29/2019
50 years later, Apollo Flight Director Gene Kranz returns to his console, which has been restored to appear exactly as i...
06/29/2019

50 years later, Apollo Flight Director Gene Kranz returns to his console, which has been restored to appear exactly as it did when the USA landed on the Moon. Time travel back to 1969 in the Apollo Mission Control Room!

50 years later, Apollo Flight Director Gene Kranz returns to his console, which has been restored to appear exactly as it did when we landed on the Moon. Time travel back to 1969 in the Apollo Mission Control Room: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/time-travel-back-to-1969 #Apollo50th

06/25/2019
The 2019 Wings of Freedom’s 16th annual Golf Outing will be held at the prestigious Blue Bell Country Club’s 18-Hole...
06/22/2019

The 2019 Wings of Freedom’s 16th annual Golf Outing will be held at the prestigious Blue Bell Country Club’s 18-Hole Arnold Palmer Signature Designed Course!

The course offers golfers a tremendously gratifying and memorable golf experience with 18 holes of golf incorporating a challenging layout with rolling hills, water hazards and strategically positioned recently installed bunkers.

You can make your team’s reservation and select a sponsorship opportunity on our Website!
Click on …
www.WOFgolfouting.com

15 years ago today, SpaceShipOne became the first privately developed piloted vehicle to reach space. SpaceShipOne won t...
06/21/2019

15 years ago today, SpaceShipOne became the first privately developed piloted vehicle to reach space. SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for repeated flights in a privately developed reusable spacecraft, the Collier Trophy for greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in 2004, and the National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Current Achievement.

15 years ago today, SpaceShipOne became the first privately developed piloted vehicle to reach space. SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for repeated flights in a privately developed reusable spacecraft, the Collier Trophy for greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in 2004, and the National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Current Achievement: https://s.si.edu/2e0mzDm

You can see SpaceShipOne in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall at the Museum in Washington, DC. #IdeasThatDefy #AirSpacePhoto

Another important date and event to commemorate!It was on the 20th of June, 1941 that the US Army Air Corps became the U...
06/20/2019

Another important date and event to commemorate!

It was on the 20th of June, 1941 that the US Army Air Corps became the US Army Air Forces under the command of legendary General "Hap" Arnold.

It was #OTDIH in 1941 that the US Army Air Corps became the US Army Air Forces under General "Hap" Arnold. The US Department of War established the USAAF, which consisted of Headquarters Army Air Forces, the newly-formed Air Force Combat Command, and the existing United States Army Air Corps.

Behind the Scenes in Restoration:Phantom Restoration Progress Report:A rainy day in Restoration ... so the team worked i...
06/20/2019

Behind the Scenes in Restoration:
Phantom Restoration Progress Report:

A rainy day in Restoration ... so the team worked indoors!

Loading and securing the engine nozzles.

On the 18th of June 1981, At 6:05 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time (1305 UTC), the first Full Scale Development Lockheed YF-1...
06/18/2019
18 June 1981 - This Day in Aviation

On the 18th of June 1981, At 6:05 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time (1305 UTC), the first Full Scale Development Lockheed YF-117A Nighthawk, made its first flight at Groom Lake, Nevada, with “Skunk Works” test pilot Harold C. (“Hal”) Farley, Jr. at the controls.

The super-secret airplane was made of materials that absorbed radar waves, and built with the surfaces angled so that radar signals are deflected away from the source.

18 June 1981: At 6:05 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time (1305 UTC), the first Full Scale Development Lockheed YF-117A Nighthawk, 79-10780, made its first flight at Groom Lake, Nevada, with “Skunk Works” test pilot Harold C. (“Hal”) Farley, Jr. at the controls. The super-secret airplane was made of...

The Russian blockade of food, milk, flour, medical supplies, coal and other essentials to the people of West Berlin defe...
06/18/2019

The Russian blockade of food, milk, flour, medical supplies, coal and other essentials to the people of West Berlin defeated!

More stark memories and the celebration of the phenomenal Berlin Airlift was commemorated this month by the same DC-3's and other aircraft that participated in the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

United States, British, South African, New Zealand, Australian and Canadian airmen achieved a miraculous logistical feat to save the West Berlin men, women and children from starvation!

Another fantastic moment in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of D-Day: was the commemoration of the Berlin Airlift....
06/18/2019

Another fantastic moment in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of D-Day: was the commemoration of the Berlin Airlift. "Operation Vittles" (24 June 1948 – 12 May 1949) as it was known to the Americans, British, South African, New Zealand, Australian and Canadian airmen who flew these incredible missions of mercy and simply the "Air Bridge" to the West Berliners the Russians were trying to starve to death.

The mission which airlifted supplies into Russian-blockaded West Berlin lasted for more than a year and carried more than 2.3 million tons of food, milk, medical supplies, coal and other essentials. On average, an Allied supply plane took off or landed in West Berlin every 30 seconds. The planes made nearly 300,000 flights in all.

What makes this photo even more fantastic? Col Halvorsen, the original "Candy Bomber", was at the end of a runway below us as we performed our flyover in Berlin today. Thank you to one of the ground crew at Schönefeld. What an amazing capture!

17–18 June 1928: Amelia Mary Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air.She accompanied pilot W...
06/18/2019
17–18 June 1928 - This Day in Aviation

17–18 June 1928:
Amelia Mary Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air.

She accompanied pilot Wilmer Lower Stultz and mechanic Louis Edward Gordon as a passenger aboard the Fokker F.VIIb/3m "Friendship".

The orange and gold, float-equipped, three-engine monoplane had departed from Trepassey Harbor, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and arrived at Burry Port, on the southwest coast of Wales, 20 hours, 40 minutes later.

17–18 June 1928: Amelia Mary Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air when she accompanied pilot Wilmer Lower Stultz and mechanic Louis Edward Gordon as a passenger aboard the Fokker F.VIIb/3m, NX4204, Friendship. The orange and gold, float-equipped, three-engine monoplane...

Address

1155 Easton Rd
Horsham, PA
19044

The Museum is located along Route 611 between Maple Avenue and County Line Road. Exit the PA Turnpike at the Willow Grove exit and drive North on Route 611 for approximately 3 miles. The Museum will be on the left side just before the entrance to the former NAS-JRB Willow Grove. Free parking is available directly in front of the Museum.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:30 - 15:00
Thursday 10:30 - 15:00
Friday 10:30 - 15:00
Saturday 10:30 - 16:00
Sunday 10:30 - 16:00

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(215) 672-2277

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