The Hangardeck Podcast Team Traveled to Virginia Beach to participate in the Warbirds Over the Beach 2016 Airshow. We were fortunate to witness the first flight of Jerry Yagen's Messerschmitt Bf-109G. First, we have to say, Jerry is an amazing host and provided us with the opportunity to record some amazing people he has flying and working with these unique aircraft. This exclusive interview took place with Mr. Jerry Yagen on Sunday, May 22, 2016.
The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is home to one of the world's largest collections of Warbirds in flying condition. It includes examples from Germany, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, from both World War I and World War II, although the complete collection ranges from the 1910s to the early 1950s.
Jerry's mission is to "preserve, restore and fly these historic aircraft and to allow a new generation to experience and learn from what their pilots might have endured ... in the skies so very far from home."
Unlike most other collections, which are displayed in a static museum environment, almost all of the historic aircraft at the Museum have been restored to flying condition. In twice-yearly major airshows (one in the spring for WWII planes, and one in the fall for WWI), as well as other special events, the aircraft fly again for the public to view and experience.
The Museum was founded by Jerry Yagen in 2005, and the museum's hangars were opened to the public in 2008. He had been collecting and restoring Warbirds since the mid-1990s, starting with the Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk, so the creation of a museum to share the collection with the public was the logical next step.
There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available at the museum. Sponsorship levels vary and may include benefits such as complementary admission to the museum, annual memberships, tickets to special events, promotion on the museum website, signage in the museum, and or other related sponsorship incentives depending on the sponsorship level agreed to. Check them out at www.militaryaviationmuseum.org.
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