Welcome to

Wurtsmith Air Museum


Hello friends,

It is with much sadness that the Wurtsmith Air Museum Board is announcing the museum will remain closed for the entire 2020 season.

The health and safety of our volunteers and guests, is too important to risk during this extremely uncertain time.

We look forward to welcoming you in the future and please visit us on our Facebook page, website and online store.


We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.



The Wurtsmith Air Museum is 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
4071 East Van Ettan Street
Oscoda, Michigan 48750



Adults: $ 7.00

Children (under 12): $ 3.00

Children (under 5): Free

Active Military (with ID): Free

Museum members: Free

Please click here to help the Museum with its roof repair project

Our newest and most important project, is the repair of Cell #3’s roof.

We need to take immediate action to protect our valuable displays.
We would appreciate your help.

                                                                                        as of January 1, 2020

Thank you for your support.

Our site is under constant modification and updates.
If you have content to add, please send us an email



2020 Scheduled Events


Event Info



Event Info


Event Info

This weekend is still in the planning stages 


Event Info

 This weekend is still in the planning stages



Event Info

This weekend is still in the planning stages 


Event Info

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

Please visit our neighbors –



Updated May 29, 2020