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Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum

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Address: 4000 W Perimeter Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-3514
Phone Number: +1 754-300-9259
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11:30 - 15:30
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Thu 11:30 - 15:30
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 15:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description:

National Register of Historic Places.

Mission Statement:

Educating....

National Register of Historic Places.

Mission Statement:

Educating. Preserving. Honoring the Heroes

BACKGROUND HISTORY:

Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale (NASFL) 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.

The Museum has been instrumental in preserving the memory of Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. Flight 19 flew out of NAS Fort Lauderdale on 5 December 1945, to vanish into the Bermuda Triangle. In addition, 19 year old future US President George H. W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign, to train as a torpedo/bomber pilot. From October 1942 to October 1946 the base would train American and British pilots and thousands of aircrewmen from the U.S and other countries.

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Absolutely amazing visit and fantastic, knowledgeable guide

Loved the entire guide throughout the whole place. Our guide, Gary Adams was so knowledge and knew all about every item in there. Walked us through the Former President George... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the entire guide throughout the whole place. Our guide, Gary Adams was so knowledge and knew all about every item in there. Walked us through the Former President George H.W. Bush Room and his WWII memorabilia. Introduced us to the volunteers and owner, Don former Eastern Airlines employee, of the majority (300) of the model airplanes in the cases.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Long-time resident of S Florida and traveler through FLL airport but this was the first time I'd visited this museum. It's mostly made up of donations but some great pieces in the collection including a flight trainer from the early 40s...it looked like a child's toy ride compared to today's standards! Check the times/dates they are open...all volunteer staff and... More 

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Gardena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only had 1/2 hour left to see the museum before their closing hours and the volunteer stayed over for 45 more minutes to show us the museum. We will be back to see much much more-wonderful museum!

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Thank wreckdiver77
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We accidentally found the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum while looking through a magazine. We visited this week and were treated to a treasure of artifacts and a wealth of information. Our group of four were the only visitors when we arrived. We had the full attention of two docents who spent well more than an hour with us.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Nice little Museum on history of the Naval base that helped build Ft Lauderdale and History of the area

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

My son who is a boy scout needed to find places to visit while we were down in Florida visiting family. He found this amazing place. Our tour guide was wonderful cant remember his name but Gary took care of making sure we had our tour. Lots of information on flight 19. Also about President George Bush. They do have... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

A docent tour provided fascinating details about this little known WW2 training and flight center. It's tiny but needs at least 1 hour to glean all the background, see the displays and peruse the library (great for researchers). George HW Bush trained here. On Perimeter Rd at Ft Lauderdale airport. I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in Florida's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Took my grandsons to this small museum near the airport and saw a side of Ft. Lauderdale other than the beaches;cruise port and resorts. It has a lot of history in a small space. Information on its mission during WW II with the first George Bush having had his training there, with a recreation of what his barracks room would... More 

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Sunrise, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

We are locals and have been looking forward to going to the NAS Ft. Lauderdale Museum. We went on May 15, 2016. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by a guide who gave us a complete tour of the exhibits. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and explained all the exhibits, uniforms and other items on view. Our guide... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Our group was looking for something to do for a few hours between a cruise and airport departure. We had tried to go to the airshow but it was too crowded and didn't have enough time to see it all before leaving for the airport to return home. This Air Museum is a little odd in that it doesn't have... More 

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