Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Vintage ‘Warbirds’ will awake in May

( Military Aviation Museum)

Virginia Beach skies will once again be alive with the sight of flying vintage aircraft for the Military Aviation Museum’s Annual Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show.

The annual show is May 18-20 at the Military Aviation Museum.

The weekend boasts a real 1940s atmosphere with entertainers, reenactor encampments, a military flea market, and hangar dance, according to organizers.

The museum’s large collection of World War II aircraft fly all three days (weather permitting), featuring iconic American classics such as the P-51 Mustang and the Corsair, the British Spitfire and Hurricane, along with one of the newest additions to the museum’s collection, a German Messerschmidtt Bf-109.

Airshow festivities take-off on May 18, with practice flights throughout the day from many of the aircraft participating in the show, along with reenactor camp set up, according to a news release from the Military Aviation Museum.

May 19-20 will feature a variety of entertainers to include Theresa Eaman, a nationally known jazz artist, and the New York-based America’s Sweethearts.

A military flea market will offer aviation-themed treasures and local vendors will be ready to serve up some tasty cuisine.

A hangar dance headlines the afternoon May 19, complete with live music by the Mark Michielsen Big Band.

Guests can ride in an authentic World War II aircraft — the museum’s 1941 Boeing Stearman and 1989 Waco YMF-5 will be available for 15-minute rides.

Rounding out the options for plane rides will be Bay Aviation, offering flights in their Fairchild PT-19. All rides are subject to weather conditions and prior reservations are strongly recommended.

Rides may be booked by visiting

Admission to the show also offers access to the rest of the Military Aviation Museum historical exhibits, such as its WWI and German Cottbus hangars, as well as a control tower from the first American fighter base in England in 1942, reconstructed using actual bricks from the original tower that was in operation at RAF Goxhill during WWII.

Tickets are available online through April 30 for a discounted rate of $27 per adult single-day admission and $14 youth single-day admission.

Beginning May 1, tickets will be sold at the full price of $30 per adult single-day admission and $15 per youth single-day admission.

For information and to buy tickets, call 757-721-7767 or visit

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