Shea Naval Aviation Museum

Shea Naval Aviation Museum closed and waiting for new quarters
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The museum serves as a repository of photographs and artifacts pertaining to the military history of NAS South Weymouth and NAS Squantum. Guest speakers are hosted at least three times per year. Admission is free and the museum is tended by veterans and historians who know the history of both bases. For more details about the ANA Patriot Squadron’s Shea Naval Aviation Museum go to http://www.anapatriotsquadron.org.

A bunch of photos taken by member Steve Cohn at the ANA Patriot Squadron's annual holiday luncheon, which was held on Sa...
12/14/2019

A bunch of photos taken by member Steve Cohn at the ANA Patriot Squadron's annual holiday luncheon, which was held on Saturday December 7th at the Abington Ale House restaurant- Remember Pearl Harbor!

A bunch of photos taken by member Steve Cohn at the ANA Patriot Squadron's annual holiday luncheon, which was held on Saturday December 7th at the Abington Ale House restaurant- Remember Pearl Harbor!

11/28/2019

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

Patriot Squadron members Faith and Marc Frattasio presented a lecture about the origins of "Seven Zulu" to Sea Cadet Squ...
11/24/2019

Patriot Squadron members Faith and Marc Frattasio presented a lecture about the origins of "Seven Zulu" to Sea Cadet Squadron Seven Zulu at the NOSC in Quncy, MA on Sunday November 24th. Sea Cadet Squadron Seven Zulu was formed at NAS South Weymouth in 1964.

Patriot Squadron members Faith and Marc Frattasio presented a lecture about the origins of "Seven Zulu" to Sea Cadet Squadron Seven Zulu at the NOSC in Quncy, MA on Sunday November 24th. Sea Cadet Squadron Seven Zulu was formed at NAS South Weymouth in 1964.

Maybe we can help another vet tell his story http://kck.st/2NnKcY0
11/11/2019
Man O' War

Maybe we can help another vet tell his story

http://kck.st/2NnKcY0

Our project details the story of Air Force Veteran John Katsaros who was captured and later joined the French Resistance in World War 2

11/11/2019

11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It's a day where we stop and recognize those that have and those that are. We are all who we are because of what they do and have done.

On Sunday November 10th members of the ANA Patriot Squadron held a public dedication ceremony for a new memorial for a l...
11/10/2019

On Sunday November 10th members of the ANA Patriot Squadron held a public dedication ceremony for a new memorial for a local hero, Medal of Honor recipient SFC Jared Monti, of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division at the Shea Memorial Grove park at Union Point on old NAS South Weymouth. Several hundred people came. Among those who were there were Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund, State Senator Patrick O'Connor, Sea Cadet squadron 7Z, representatives of the US Army and Norfolk County Sherriff's Department, Paul Monti, and many Monti family members and relatives. Many news organizations were present including NECN, Channel 7, Channel 10, WATD, etc. These photos were all taken by ANA Patriot Squadron member Steve Cohn, who used to work for one of the big TV news stations in Boston before he retired.

On Sunday November 10th members of the ANA Patriot Squadron held a public dedication ceremony for a new memorial for a local hero, Medal of Honor recipient SFC Jared Monti, of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division at the Shea Memorial Grove park at Union Point on old NAS South Weymouth. Several hundred people came. Among those who were there were Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund, State Senator Patrick O'Connor, Sea Cadet squadron 7Z, representatives of the US Army and Norfolk County Sherriff's Department, Paul Monti, and many Monti family members and relatives. Many news organizations were present including NECN, Channel 7, Channel 10, WATD, etc. These photos were all taken by ANA Patriot Squadron member Steve Cohn, who used to work for one of the big TV news stations in Boston before he retired.

11/07/2019
Naval Air Museum Barbers Pt

Unfortunately, we're not the only small military museum dealing with an eviction...

Effective Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Naval Air Museum Barbers Point has been WRONGFULLY EVICTED by DOT-A (Department of Transportation - Airports) and told to immediately cease all tours, all volunteer work, all support activities. The aircraft and equipment has been threatened to be scrapped by DOT-A (State of Hawaii). The Museum was presented with a Revocation of Lease letter and Notice to Vacate based on two contentions: 1 - Lack of General Liability Insurance; and 2 - Failure to comply with Environmental Issues of oils leaks/spills. We have provided (multiple times) PROOF of insurance and we have complied with EPA and have received an inspection Closure Report to prove compliance. These documents were presented (AGAIN) today to the Airport Manager, who in turn took it to his boss and it was ignored. The Airport Manager informed us tonight that DOT-A is not rescinding it's revocation letter and is moving forward full force ahead to evict (with no explanation as to why after proving compliance). They blatantly ignored our proof of compliance in both respects. Because of DOTA-A and their UNFAIR, CORRUPT practices, our Veterans, schools and community will suffer. We need the public's help in stopping this WRONGFUL EVICTION. More info to follow on how to help. Right now, we need your support. Our historical aircraft, equipment, artifacts, memorabilia, photos, etc. are subject to loss due to the State of Hawaii, DOTA-A's unwillingness to do what is right and acknowledge our proof of compliance and RESCIND THE WRONGFUL EVICTION PROCESS. We do not want to throw away the history that is so precious to all of us. We need the public to contact our state legislatures, the media, etc. to help us with this process. We are now having to turn away Veteran's, students and the general public with no reason to give other than DOTA-A wants to use it's power to end a legacy here at Barbers Point. No longer will our Veterans be able to revisit a place so dear to so many. No longer will families of lost service members be able to return to a place of comfort and closure. No longer will we be able to teach the students about Naval Aviation History in Hawai'i. Mahalo for all that you can do to help us. Mahalo for your support. ~ From all of us at Naval Air Museum Barbers Point.

10/25/2019
Work party at the Shea Memorial Grove park on old NAS South Weymouth.  Patriot Squadron members Donald Canaday, Faith an...
10/06/2019

Work party at the Shea Memorial Grove park on old NAS South Weymouth. Patriot Squadron members Donald Canaday, Faith and Marc Frattasio, Gerti Gillen, Allen Gilman, and Bill Sargent replaced two trees that were lost over the years, repainted and polished all the memorial plaques, and put down over 50 cubic feet of dark brown mulch on all the trees and memorial plaques. Hard work, but we wanted to get the park all spruced up for the upcoming SFC Jared Monti memorial dedication ceremony on November 10th.

Work party at the Shea Memorial Grove park on old NAS South Weymouth. Patriot Squadron members Donald Canaday, Faith and Marc Frattasio, Gerti Gillen, Allen Gilman, and Bill Sargent replaced two trees that were lost over the years, repainted and polished all the memorial plaques, and put down over 50 cubic feet of dark brown mulch on all the trees and memorial plaques. Hard work, but we wanted to get the park all spruced up for the upcoming SFC Jared Monti memorial dedication ceremony on November 10th.

Lori Maver of Maver Memorials (http://www.mavermemorials.com) of Brockton, MA with the bronze plaque for local Medal of ...
10/04/2019

Lori Maver of Maver Memorials (http://www.mavermemorials.com) of Brockton, MA with the bronze plaque for local Medal of Honor recipient SFC Jared Monti that her company donated. The plaque will be installed by the ANA Patriot Squadron at the Shea Memorial Grove park at Union Point. A public dedication ceremony for the Monti memorial tree and plaque will be held at the park at noon on Sunday November 10th. More information will be provided as this date approaches.

Still deeply saddened by yesterday's news.  Though the Nine O Nine had been a frequent visitor to many airports and base...
10/03/2019

Still deeply saddened by yesterday's news. Though the Nine O Nine had been a frequent visitor to many airports and bases in New England many of may not remember the people who keep them flying. The longtime lead pilot for the B-17 was a man named Mac McCauley. Many things that were only known since yesterday...Mac was a former NFL player, laughed at millenials and liked animals and had a rule about no selfies in the cockpit...Mac also had more than 7000 hours in the B-17.

The loss of the aircraft is heartbreaking, but the loss of the people with stories like this on board is so much more.

Fair winds to you all

Really can't say it any better than this...😔
10/02/2019

Really can't say it any better than this...😔

Our hearts go out to the Collings Foundation and everyone within reach of the tragedy that occurred today with “909.” They are an amazing group of passionate professionals with a positive reach within aviation as far as you can imagine. Incredibly huge loss for us all in the aviation family.

Moore Painting Inc.
09/12/2019

Moore Painting Inc.

As we start to prepare to restore this historic P-3 Orion to all of it’s glory , we decided to start this project on a day to never be forgotten. We will never forget the men , women , and children who lost or bravely gave their lives during 9/11/01. We also would like to say thank to our armed forces, especially those who served at Brunswick Naval Air Station. It’s an honor to help preserve the history of the former Naval Air Station.

Great shot of one of VMA-322 birds from aviation photographer David Brown.
08/31/2019

Great shot of one of VMA-322 birds from aviation photographer David Brown.

A-4M 160042, March 1984, NAF Andrews, Camp Springs, MD.

Love the artwork
08/17/2019

Love the artwork

Our home on Brunswick Landing - the former @usnavy Small Arms Range. The path you walk towards the entrance is made of our 12” thick concrete walls we cut to make room for huge windows and overhead doors ☀️

USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr  DD 850
08/09/2019

USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr DD 850

This is and was the Ship's library on the Mess Decks of JPK. Something looks wrong though right?

Right, we do not have vintage books to fill it up. We are looking for older books from the 1940s to 1975 to fill up these cases as the ship would have had. We are always going for a Vietnam War era appearace.

Please let us know if you have some old books laying around you would be willing to ship to us! Thank you

Greetings everyone, One of our members attended an airshow this weekend with the Yankee Air Museum at Ford's old B-24 pl...
08/07/2019

Greetings everyone,

One of our members attended an airshow this weekend with the Yankee Air Museum at Ford's old B-24 plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. They happen to be the new owners of a P2V-7 Firebomber.

The museum would like to be able to start her up a few more times for some events prior to making her a permanent static display at their new hangar (contractually they aren't allowed to fly it). Problem is they don't know how her startup and shutdown procedures, they have a number of pilots and crew to keep their B-17, B-25 and C-47 flying but no Neptune people, so they are looking.

Would any of our members still remember the startup and shut down procedures in a late P2V and be willing to document them or if you have a spare NATOPS that covers it to help another museum out?

Thanks for your time.

Planes_Trains_Ships
06/24/2019

Planes_Trains_Ships

6/10/94, NAS South Weymouth, MA. "Golden Knights Fokker."

The Golden Knights (the U.S. Army's parachute demonstration team) were among the featured performers at the 1994 NAS. S. Weymouth open house. Fokker C-31A 85-1607 (c/n 10652) is seen here next to Hangar 2 here preparing to load the team and several photographers for a "media flight" on Friday afternoon.

85-1607 was one of two Fokker F-27s acquired as jump ships for the Golden Knights during the mid -1980s. The other was 85-1608 (c/n 10688). Both were intially leased to the Army on 11/28/85 and purchased from the lease in 1988. 85-1607 was reportedly retired to AMARG in Tucson, AZ on 9/23/18. As of early April 2019, 85-1608 was apparently still in service with the Golden Knights.

Today is Flag Day !
06/14/2019

Today is Flag Day !

06/06/2019
WW2 Nation

Wow

Absolutely lost for words. A truly incredible (possibly once in a lifetime) experience to witness this Dakota Airborne drop on such a scale and so close up as well. Great work to all at Daks over Normandy.

Yesterday's presentation on the history at NAS South Weymouth at Fairing Way on Union Point was a great success.  The au...
05/10/2019

Yesterday's presentation on the history at NAS South Weymouth at Fairing Way on Union Point was a great success. The auditorium was filled to maximum capacity and people had to be turned away. If you were one of the unlucky ones who were unable to get a seat, you can view the presentation on-line at https://weymouth.tv/. Go to "WETC-8 Recently Added" and then click on "Weymouth Naval Air Station History". For some reason we're not able to link directly to the video (it appears that the URL is programmatically abstracted to prevent linking).

05/03/2019
Weymouth 400

Weymouth 400

Join us next Thursday, May 9th from 7-8pm for a fascinating talk on the History of the Weymouth Naval Air Station, presented by author Marc Frattasio. The presentation will cover the history of the base from the beginning through the Navy's departure in 1997. The event will take place at the Fairing Way Meeting Room, 25 Stonehaven Dr., in South Weymouth (Union Point).

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495 Shea Memorial Dr
South Weymouth, MA
02190

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