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DeLand Naval Air Station Museum, DeLand

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Military Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Naval Air Station DeLand was a United States Naval Air Station located in DeLand, Florida from 1942 to 1946. After the war, the airfield and associated infrastructure was redeveloped into DeLand Municipal Airport
DeLand Airport, pre-World War IIThe City of DeLand first began developing a civilian airport in the 1920s, with the first asphalt runway laid on or about 1936. With the outbreak of World War II and the entry of the United States into the war in 1941, the City of DeLand donated the airport facility to the U.S. Navy in 1942 for development as a naval air station.
Official OpeningIn 1942, the City of DeLand donated the facility that was located on the grounds to the U.S. Navy and it was renamed Naval Air Station DeLand on 17 November. The airfield officially opened after several months of additional land acquisition and extensive military building construction. CAPT Tom Turner, the air station's first commanding officer, officiated. A Navy band had not yet been formed for the air station, so the DeLand High School band played for the opening of the base. Following still more extensive military construction, NAS DeLand's primary focus became advanced training for Navy flight crews in land-based Lockheed PBO-1 Hudson (later Lockheed PV-1 Ventura) and Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer patrol bombers, as well as carrier-based Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers.
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  • This war museum collection of items was displayed beautifully and the bonus was a retired military guide pointing out things for us.  more »
  • This was an United States Naval Air Station from 1942 to 1946. After the war, the Airfield (across from the Museum), was redeveloped into DeLand Municipal Airport. The museum is located across the...  more »
  • For the true aviation/military nut. Beautiful collection of historic books, manuals, artifacts, and of course, a few aircraft. Very knowledgeable staff. Great place to spend an afternoon.
  • Wow what an awesome experience....the wife and I went to the Deland Craft Show and happen to come across this HUGE story of history in such a small building....when you first walk in you are warmly greeted by the passionate volunteers that take such pride in what they do....I must say it was one of the best visits to a local historical museum/memorial that I can recall......take a day and go and visit this time's an absolutely stunning salute to our veterans and other members of service that made some serious sacrifices during their time.....
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