Welcome to

Wurtsmith Air Museum

We appreciate 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
4071 East Van Ettan Street
Oscoda, Michigan 48750


We open our 2019 season on May 18 and will close on October 13.

Please visit us on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer,

starting at 11 a.m. and closing at 3 p.m.

 

ADMISSION:

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.


Thank you for your support.

Attention all Veterans living and visiting in the Wurtsmith AFB area …..

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Thank you to Rogers Family Food in Oscoda for their generous support of the Veterans’ Coffee Hour

The Yankee Air Museum’s C-47 will be returning to Oscoda in 2020!
This will be the highlight of our “Welcome Home Weekend”, June 26, 27 & 28, 2020.
Rides on the C-47 may be purchased for $195 and will be available in advance as well as that weekend.
Please, mark your calendar and plan to join us.
This will easily be the main event of the 2020 season!

 

Hopefully, there will be some WAFB reunions scheduled for that weekend, too – let us know so we can get the word out and post the details here and on our Facebook pages.

To purchase flight tickets, click on the photo.

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

Upcoming 2019 Events

Please stop by and join us

17-18-19

May

The Museum Opens!!

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Event Info

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

21-23

June

Welcome Home Weekend
WAM 25th Anniversary & WWII Encampment
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“CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF WURTSMITH AIR MUSEUM”

Please join us on Saturday, June 22,

at the Oscoda American Legion,
849 State St.  

Dinner will be served from 4PM-6PM.

Tables will be reserved for our Founders, WAFB 

civilian workers and veterans, encampment 

participants, and museum volunteers.

    We are hoping these guests will eat first. 

The public is invited from 5-6 PM.

Dinner will be followed by Ric Mixter and his presentation

of “Bombs Away”.

Event Info

Additional information for this weekend will be posted shortly.
Please check back.

20

July

July 4: Join us at Oscoda’s July 4th parade

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

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Event Info

10-11

August

Fly-in Weekend & Pancake Breakfast
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Event Info

Additional information for this weekend will be posted shortly.
Please check back.

 

Sept / Oct

The Museum will be open weekends
in September and early October

October 12 & 13:
Closing weekend

 

Event Info

New for 2019

The museum is staying open 4 weeks longer this year.
If you are in the area, stop by and visit.

 

 

Upcoming 2020 Events

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us

 

May

16 & 17:

Opening weekend / Armed Forces Weekend

 

 

Event Info

June

26, 27 & 28:
Welcome Home Weekend.
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Click here for Welcome Home Weekend event Info

The Yankee Air Museum’s C-47 will be returning to Oscoda!
This will be the highlight of our “Welcome Home Weekend”,
June 26, 27, & 28, 2020.
Rides on the C-47 may be purchased for $195 and flight tickets are currently available. To purchase tickets, please visit the Yankee Air Museum’s page HERE

Flights will be approximately 15 minutes from departure to arrival, time onboard the aircraft approx. 30 minutes.
Each flight has room for only 12 passengers and flights will be available on Friday (1), Saturday (2) and Sunday (1)
** more flights may be added due to a high demand for Saturday.
There are some restrictions, which are listed on the Yankee Air Museum’s web page (use the link referenced above)

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.
This will easily be the main event of our 2020 season!

Read more about this Aircraft’s visit to Oscoda in 2018 –

click here

 

July

4:
Join us at Oscoda’s July 4th parade

 

Event Info

This weekend is still in the planning stages

 

August

TBD:

Fly-in Weekend & Pancake Breakfast

Event Info

This weekend is still in the planning stages

Sept / Oct

Closing date will be posted once determined

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

Members

Hangers

Aircraft

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

Updated June 20, 2019