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WEB EXCLUSIVE! Virginia’s Military Aviation Museum

Here’s another Virginia museum that welcomes meetings and events, in addition to the three others profiled in the December 2010 issue of Small Market Meetings.

Events take off at the Military Aviation Museum, located at the Virginia Beach Airport, which touts a large collection of World War II and Korean War-era fighter planes.

Two 15,000-square foot hangars are used for events; the preferred one is near the prep kitchen, which is outfitted with a refrigerator, convection oven, microwaves and other kitchen equipment. Up to 600 people have enjoyed dinner and dancing in the hangar.

The two-story Art Deco building that links the hangars can hold up to 50 for dinner on the first floor and 250 on the second. There’s also a 50-seat media room with a drop-down screen and podium.

The museum’s main “residents” are accommodating to guests. “This is not a static museum,” said Debi Ernest, event manager. “All the planes fly and are moveable.”

But don’t move too many. Part of the charm is dining next to the biplanes and B-25s.
Military Aviation Museum