Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association Inc

A nonprofit organization

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The Only Military Museum in Broward County

Serving as one among 257 air stations during World War II, and as one of a few specialty schools for training on the TBM/TBF Avenger aircraft, the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale (NASFL) made a big impact on the South Florida region, and the United States as a whole. The NAS Fort Lauderdale Museum (also known as the Link Trainer Building #8), stands as the only reminder from what it once was a naval complex of more than 200 buildings.

Our mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized naval aviation museum that educates young and old alike, to preserve history by honoring the memory of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale and the men & women who defended freedom during World War II.

With the help of many volunteers, this Museum has also been instrumental in preserving the memory of Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. Flight 19 flew out of NASFL on 5 December 1945, to vanish into the Bermuda Triangle. In addition, 19 year old future US President George H.W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign, to train as a torpedo/bomber pilot. Since then, the vast complex of buildings that housed the air base have been all demolished. All, except for the Link Trainer Building #8 - our current Museum.

  • National Register of Historic Places.
  • The only Military Museum in Broward County.
  • The only building remaining from NAS Fort Lauderdale in WWII.
  • 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  • Link Trainer Flight Simulator on exhibit (Historic Engineering Landmark).
  • Recreated Soldier's Barracks: The George Bush Room.
  • Also on exhibit: vintage aircraft and ship models, insignias, flags, WWII instruments, period uniforms & memorabilia. 
  • Art on Exhibit: 25x7 Aviation Mural and other original paintings, cartoons, illustrations, line drawings and military poetry.
  • The Museum captures Naval Aviation's WWII heritage and brings its story of challenge, ingenuity and courage to you.
  • Research Library available with 3,000+ volumes ranging from naval history, personal memoirs, aircraft carrier cruisebooks, historical works and more.
  • A photograph collection with more than 10,000 images of aircraft, ships, people and historical events; combined with a collection of letters, manuscripts, technical manuals, Aviator log books and diaries.

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association Inc. is the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational and fundraising organization that supports the development of the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum (NASFL Museum) which is housed on the WWII Link Trainer Building (National Register of Historic Places).  We depend on your contributions to ensure the continued success of this Museum. Contributions will be designated to specific areas or programs, or allotted to greatest need. Annual gifts can be given in installments throughout the year, or in one lump sum. Donors who give $1,000 or more for the year become a part of our Benefactors' Circle and receive permanent recognition in the Museum, a copy of the Museum's book publications, recognition in our Avenger newsletter, and a Flight 19 print by artist Bob Jenny.

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