Welcome to

Wurtsmith Air Museum

The Wurtsmith Air Museum appreciates your interest in our museum.

We are an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Wurtsmith Air Force Base and aviation in
Northeastern Michigan.
We offer visitors three hangars full of military (all branches) and aviation history, static aircraft displays, artifacts, equipment and lots of WAFB memorabilia.

The museum is handicapped accessible and tours are available for school groups and the general public.



We are located on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base at 4071 East Van Ettan Street
Oscoda, Michigan 48750

Open 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

May 18 – September 15, 2019

Adults: $ 5.00

Children (under 12): $3.00

Children (under 5): Free

Active Military are always Free

Museum members are Free

Parking is free for our guests.


Our site launched in late 2018 and is still undergoing modifications and updated. If you have content to add, please send us an email

Upcoming 2019 Events

Please stop by and join us 



The Museum Opens!!

Free Admission Weekend

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Welcome to the kick off weekend of the 2019 season.
All visitors will have free admission to the museum this weekend.



Welcome Home Weekend

WAM 25th Anniversary & WWII Encampment

Event Info

This weekend is still in the planning stages



Join us for the Pat Copland Memorial 20th Annual Golf Classic

Event Info

This weekend is still in the planning stages



Fly-in Weekend & Pancake Breakfast

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This weekend is still in the planning stages



Closing weekend

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This weekend is still in the planning stages

Our History

Over it’s 50 years of operation, Wurtsmith Air Force Base had many different missions.
The gunnery range was tasked with training pilots from Selfridge air base in the challenging maneuvers required to land a DeHavilland biplane on the frozen lake Van Etten for the young Army Air Corps.
In the later years of World War II, Wurtsmith Air Force Base was used as a fighter-interceptor training base and housed the 332d fighter group, which was part of the famous Tuskegee Airmen.
In 1955, Wurtsmith Air Force Base became an official permanent post in the United States Air Force. On August 1st 1958 the 4026th Strategic Wing was formed at Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Its mission was to maintain half of the fleet on a 15 minute alert, meaning the plane could be in the air in 15 minutes, to reduce vulnerability to a Soviet preemptive missile strike. On May 9th 1961 the first B-52 landed in Wurtsmith Air Force Base signifying the re-designation to a Strategic Air Command Base. While the 379th Bomb Wing was stationed at Wurtsmith Air Force Base, they were part of the Ready Alert Nuclear Strike Force. This meant there was always at least three B-52s armed with nuclear weapons, ready to take off at a moment’s notice. These planes would regularly fly missions from Wurtsmith Air Force Base during the cold war years.


2019 Visitors




Get In Touch

Physical Location:
4071 East Van Ettan Street
Oscoda, Michigan 48750

Mailing Address:
PO Box 664
Oscoda, Michigan 48750

Telephone: (989) 739-7555

Email: email@wurtsmithairmuseum.net