AirFest in Rio Grande, NJ & Visiting Cape May, NJ again

I was hoping to create this post awhile ago but being side tracked and busy with life really pushes the time of when I want to publish something, along with my other ideas to write/show about. You see, I don’t want to see blogging as a job (because it’s not!) but as a way to be able to exercise my creativity and brush up on my writing skills as well as being able to share information that other people may find useful or just entertaining. I do apologize when I go missing in action with blogging and as much as I want to keep up with this, sometimes I am overwhelmed by the things that are swept right into life. But I promise to keep bringing in content to keep From One Girl to One World alive as I am in this life. 🙂

On September 4th and during Labor Day weekend, I attended AirFest, which is an annual event with live music, food trucks, vendors, activities for kids, displaying WWII aircraft, and presenting scheduled flights for those who want to experience what it’s like to ride in one. It’s located in the Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum in Rio Grande, NJ (15 minutes drive to Cape May). I enjoy walking through museums, if you don’t know me already — I can be a museum enthusiast, especially with displays that are deprived from a historical event. The idea of visiting an aviation museum for the first time was exhilarating. My boyfriend and I took off the road 2 hours away from Central Jersey to drive to the museum.

Here are some facts about the museum (you can find more on their site here):

  • This base is a part of Cape May Airport, so essentially you’ll see planes flying in and out
  • The place was commissioned on April 1, 1943.
  • NASW used to be called Naval Air Station Rio Grande (after it’s city of course) but it was changed to avoid confusion with Rio Grande, Texas.
  • There has been about 129 crashes that occurred on or around the base.
  • There are 42 known airmen that have died training at this base.
  • From 1943 to 1945, NASW used to be an active-bombing training area for US Naval aviators.

I knew I had to bring my history buff boyfriend to this museum with me. I was really uninformed about military vehicles until my boyfriend was able to play ‘tour guide’ for me and walk me through with the functions, names, and the history of the planes. After our tour of the museum, we drove to Cape May and explored Cape May’s famous Washington Street Mall area, which is an array of shops and restaurants connecting to each other. After camping and being in Cape May for the first time last month, I fell in love with the quaint beach town. I had mentioned before that I was hoping on returning again to explore more of the town and indeed, I did!

Here are the photos that I took on the AirFest day and exploring Cape May (with some captions of course):

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

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Entrance to the museum
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Aircraft is called A-4 Sky Hawk
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Baseball was a popular pastime among guys in the 1930’s and 1940’s especially those who were drafted or joined the military. Some professional baseball players were once involved in the military such as Yogi Berra, Bob Feller, Joe Dimaggio, Jackie Robinson, etc.
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Inside a plane
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Dummies in the ejection seat tests
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Gatling gun
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Aircraft is called UH 1 Helicopter (also called a Huey) that served in the Vietnam War; it’s used for medical evaluations and to carry utilities
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Inside the UH 1 Helicopter
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The Jet Engine of a Cobra Helicopter, an attack helicopter
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My boyfriend Dan in a US Army jeep

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The front of the Cobra Helicopter

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That’s me inside a military jeep!
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A Humvee Vehicle that is the Coast Guard’s quiet contribution during the Afghanistan war
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A Coast Guard boat

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Aircraft is called Sikorsky SeaGuard Aircraft

 

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A M16 gun
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A vendor outside selling shirts with military branch names on it and military-inspired apparel

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A band performing music outside
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Aircraft is called F-5E Tiger II

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A Flying Fortress plane

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Inside the Flying Fortress plane
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Radio communications room

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A military car around 1960’s; this car used to carry military personnel that would deliver messages to families or pick up people that were drafted in the military
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1960’s gas pump
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A variety of radios over the times
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A camera that was used during the Korean and Vietnam War

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This camera was used to film early atom bomb testing during the 1940’s and 1950’s
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Military patches including Pearl Harbor ones
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A collection of LIFE magazines during the war times

Cape May

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Washington Street Mall

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The Shops on Liberty Way

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Horse carriages; gives it a Victorian feel
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Beach homes of Cape May

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By the boardwalk / beach
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A hotel that also serves as a restaurant to guests and outside guests
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The famous Congress Hall, a historical hotel that some American Presidents have stayed in before

After walking around to explore, we decided to try to find a restaurant to eat dinner in and just settled for this bar & restaurant place called The Ugly Mug.

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Dan ordered a Crab Melt and a beer
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We ordered Jalapeno Poppers as appetizers
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And… I just ordered a grilled cheese sandwich!

Sad to say that is summer is nearly ending but this was one of my highlight visits for the summer! Always looking forward to visiting Cape May for next summer again.

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