PBY Memorial Foundation PBY-Naval Air Museum

Step back in history to see how a small rural town was caught up in the turmoil of WWII and the gunnerbuilding of a Naval Air Station that swept the community of around 350 people into a new era as it grew to over 25000 and is today the site of one of the United States’ premier Naval Aviation facilities.

See one of the first aircraft to fly from NAS Whidbey Island, a PBY-5A Catalina seaplane that flew from the Seaplane Base during WWII. Climb into and operate a PBY nose gun turret. tailHooksLift a Tailhook from one of the modern carrier aircraft based at NAS Whidbey. Or kids, little and big can fly a PBY, A-6 Intruder, and EA-18 Hornet or choose from many other aircraft on our two flight simulators. These and other interactive exhibits promise to educate and entertain.

Explore uniform, equipment, war trophies and many other historical artifact exhibits. Learn about the “Forgotten War” in the Aleutian Islands and the role of Naval Aviation during the Cold War. Learn about civilian firefighters who manned the runways at NAS Whidbey Island. Pause to reflect at the POW Dinner Table. And, browse through a well-stocked Ship’s Store gift shop.


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Military History of Whidbey Island