A ROAD TRIP BACK IN TIME TO THE NAVAL AIR STATION
Please join us for our June 19th program as we venture a little south to visit the Naval Air Museum.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19TH 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
We will depart by bus at 6:00 pm from the Pompano Beach Historical Society . 217 NE 4th Ave. While we have a bite to eat, Dr. John Bloom will speak on the history of the Station, it's part in WWII as well as how the Pompano Air Park was a part of it all. We will then have time to self-tour the museum.
Don't forget to check out the butterfly garden! And check out the Pompano Historical Society's brick!
The charge for this program is $10 per person.
A little information on the museum, to see more go to: https://www.nasflmuseum.com
Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale (NASFL or NAS Fort Lauderdale) was built on the site of Merle Fogg Field in 1942 as part of the national defense program; serving as one among 257 air stations during World War II, and as one of a few specialty schools for training on the TBM/TBF Avenger aircraft. NAS Fort Lauderdale made a big impact in the growth and economy of the South Florida region and the United States as a whole. Building # 8, The Link Trainer Building housed 6-8 Link Trainer flight simulators. It is the only remaining structure left on the naval base property—sole reminder of a naval complex of more than 200 buildings. This building is now the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum.
- National Register of Historic Places.
- A Florida Heritage Site.
- The only Military Museum in Broward County.
- Only remaining structure left on the naval base property from WWII.
- Home of Flight 19 one of the great aviation mysteries.
- Award winning Butterfly Garden with a Flight 19 memorial.
- 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
On exhibit you will find: a Link Trainer (an historic engineering landmark), a recreated Soldier's Barracks, history of Flight 19 (one of the great aviation mysteries), uniforms, flight gear, medals, insignia, ship plaques, original naval paintings, cartoons, lithographs, and a book and photography collection numbering more than 10,000 images. On-site research "Captain John Payne Memorial Library" is available. Outdoor artifacts include WWII torpedoes from a submarine, and TBM/TBF Avenger, an anti-aircraft gun, and an anti-submarine Hedgehog. On the museum grounds there is also a self-sustainable butterfly garden with a Flight 19 memorial.
'On Final Approach' mural by Bob Jenny. On exhibit at the Museum. © NAS Fort Lauderdale Museum