Air Victory Museum Photos
The Air Victory Museum is located in Lumberton, New Jersey.
The Air Victory Museum packs a lot of aviation related exhibits into one hangar. Indoors you will find an A-7B Corsair II, a Blue Angels Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, a Lockheed F-104G Starfighter, an F-4A Phantom II, an F-86L Sabre Dog, and other aviation exhibits. The jet fighter aircraft are restored to a very high standard. The A-7B Corsair II with its striking shark mouth nose is extremely well done, and the F-104 Starfighter is stunning in its Royal Netherlands Air Force livery. Outside on the museum grounds are a Grumman E-2B Hawkeye and a Sikorsky RH-53D Sea Stallion Helicopter. At the time I visited the helicopter was across a taxiway on the airport and permission was needed to get a closer view of it, although that taxiway was very quiet that day.
Two exhibits the Air Victory Museum has that are exceptionally rare are the German WWII Junkers Jumo 004B Turbojet engine (used on the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter and the Arado Ar 234 Blitz Bomber) and the Walther HWK 109-500 Rocket Assist Pack used on the WWII German jet bomber Arado Ar 234. Not many survived the war and the rocket assist pack is exceptionally rare. The museum's Junkers Jumo 004 turbojet exhibit is unique in that the 2 cycle Reidel starter motor and its starter pull cord and ring are clearly visible. Try to picture yourself starting a WWII German jet engine with a manual pull cord like you'd find on a lawnmower engine.
The 28 cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Radial Engine cutaway gives an excellent view inside of the largest, most complex, and last big radial engine that Pratt & Whitney produced. If you've ever wondered what a bird, rock, or other hard object can do to a jet engine, have a close look into the intake side of the Pratt & Whitney TF30 Turbofan engine. You'll see what turbine engine compressor blades are NOT supposed to look like. There's a good deal more to see that I haven't covered in detail. Several flight simulators are on display as well as some experimental aircraft and many, many hand made aircraft models.
If you've ever wanted to sit at the controls of a real jet fighter there is a nose section of a Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star that visitors can get into via a set of stairs alongside the cockpit. You'll need to be fairly limber to get in as it's a tight fit and the cockpit floor is well below that of the platform you will be standing on.
The museum staff were friendly and care a great deal about their exhibits. They could use more volunteer help as there is a good deal more they would still like to accomplish. The restoration of the Sikorsky Sea Stallion helicopter will take a lot of work and if you're in the area and have an interest in aviation you can help.
The Air Victory Museum is located in Lumberton, NJ not far from the NJ Turnpike. The museum has a modest gift shop and some vending machines on site. There's a picnic table outside under the Hawkeye if you bring your lunch. Also there is an airport cafe just across the parking lot. I didn't go in but when they were cooking breakfast and lunch it smelled pretty good outside. Everything in the museum was on one level except the stairs leading to the P80 cockpit so the museum is fairly handicap accessible. For hours and directons be sure to visit the Air Victory Museum Website. Take the time and make a trip down there. The staff were very welcoming and there's a good deal to see under one roof.