To take a leap back in time to a golden era in American history, you only need to drive 20 minutes south from the Resort Beach. The vintage 1930’s Art Deco airplane hangars and sprawling airfield of the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum are a must-see for locals and visitors alike.

With 65 planes from the first 50 years of military aviation, most of which have amazingly been restored to their original flying condition, the museum holds one of the largest private collections of its kind in the world. As you walk through the marvels of American, British, Russian and German engineering, unencumbered by the ropes or rails of traditional museums, it is impossible not to be moved. It is here where the stories of the brave young men and women who came before us truly come alive.

If you visit at the right time, you can even experience the thrill of seeing these warbirds take to the skies. Come for the sheer horsepower. Stay for the inspiring example of what can be achieved when we come together for a just cause. It’s history, uninhibited – so what’s holding you back?