Military Aviation Museum to sell its aircraft

F4U Corsair at Military Aviation Museum

An F4U Corsair at the Military Aviation Museum. (Photo Joanna Poe (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Stunning news: the aircraft composing the collections of the Military Aviation Museum, founded in Virginia Beach by Jerry Yagen in 2005, are for sale. Yagen explained that he could no longer afford to pay for the museum, which is not self-sustaining. Two aircraft, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a Focke-Wulf Fw 190, have been reported as already sold.

The museum, one of the largest of its type, may also have to be shut down after the aircraft have been sold. Yagen has told reporters that he does not know how many aircraft he owns exactly, as many are not on display. The MAM’s collections include at least 70 World War One and Two aircraft.


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    • Daniel Attilio on June 28, 2013 at 12:32 AM
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    Very unfortunate, hopefully the aircraft will find their way to caretakers that are just as willing to keep them flying and in the public’s reach.

    • Charles (Chuck) Trainor on June 28, 2013 at 6:14 AM
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    This is a disaster for the entire warbird movement. The implications, ramifications and consequences of this massive collapse will be felt far beyond the confines of the Military Aviation Museum. There are aircraft belonging to this organization in restoration shops all over the world. How far this will go and how many other enterprises will be affected has yet to be determined. Be sure that anybody who did business with this company is feeling more than a little nervous.

    • Rick Kilminster on June 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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    Sad news indeed, let’s hope that all the aircraft find good homes within the conservation movement.
    We have already lost so many types that have become extinct, so hopefully the industry and museum
    sectors can pull together to ensure the future these aircraft deserve for future generations to enjoy
    and appreciate.

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