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Wurtsmith Air Museum

Hello everybody,

The Wurtsmith Air Museum’s Board is carefully monitoring the increasing public health threat from COVID-19 and evaluating how it could affect our May opening and scheduled summer events.
First and foremost, we are committed to providing a safe environment and minimizing the risk of exposure and transmission of this virus to our volunteers and visitors.
A decision based upon the latest information provided by Federal, State and local officials, will be posted on this website and our Facebook page in the coming weeks.

Thank you and stay safe,

Wurtsmith Air Museum Board

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Thanks to all our visitors for making our 2019 season a great one. We will start our 2020 season in:










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.

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



2020 Scheduled Events



** Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis **
** event dates may change or be cancelled **


16 & 17: Opening & Armed Forces Weekend

22, 23 & 24: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

30 & 31: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

Event Info



5, 6 & 7: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

12. 13 & 14: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

19, 20 & 21: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

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


3, 4 & 5: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM
The museum will be open on July 4 & please join us at Oscoda’s July 4th parade downtown.

10. 11 & 12: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

17, 18 & 19: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

24, 25 & 26: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

31: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

Event Info

This weekend is still in the planning stages 


1 & 2: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM 

7, 8 & 9: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

14, 15 & 16: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM
This event is open to the public –
Please stop the fly-in & Pancake Breakfast

21, 22 & 23: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

28, 29 & 30: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM


Event Info

 This weekend is still in the planning stages


4, 5 & 6: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

11, 12 & 13: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

18, 19 & 20: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

25, 26 & 27: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM


🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 ATTENTION!!!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

All Veterans who served as members of the
Wurtsmith AFB Hospital Squadron.

Thomas Nicolini (WAFB 71-73) is working to get a reunion set up.

These plans are very preliminary.

The event will be held in Oscoda and will be a couple weeks after Labor Day.
This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. You may be able to reconnect with people that you haven’t seen in years. Please email tnicolini@msn.com or PM him on FaceBook if interested.

Event Info

This weekend is still in the planning stages 


2, 3 & 4: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM

9, 10 & 11: Open 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Museum closes for the season this weekend



We expect to make an announcement shortly, regarding a special
guest presentation at the museum in June or July 2021.

Check back for the details.

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

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Updated February 9, 2020