Founder / President
Some 65 years ago, the current home of the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport was a crucial part of the “Arsenal of Democracy”. Home to Republic Aviation, the factory produced over 9,000 P-47 Thunderbolts in Farmingdale.
The “Jug”, as it was called because of its robust assembly line construction, went on to defeat the best fighter pilots the German Luftwaffe could muster.
Today, no American aviation museum with a squadron of operational World War II aircraft has a more appropriate setting for its flight operations. Taxing to and from the very runways and hangars that dispatched Thunderbolts to war, vintage aircraft honor those years and allow the public to watch these planes in their natural environment – the air.
This exciting effort to keep our history alive is made possible through state grants, corporate underwriting, personal philanthropy and gifts from you the general public.
Critical to the establishment of this museum was the cooperation of the airport’s fix based operator, SheltAir and the Republic Airport management team. We are grateful to our benefactors, and to you, for your admission fee. Your dollars help meet museum costs including utilities, aircraft maintenance, building repair, and exhibit construction. While thousands of hours have been donated, the dollars requested from you are tax deductible and are put to immediate use to ensure your family’s experience at the Museum is memorable.
The museum is able to operate because of its volunteer corps and those who have dedicated their time to building this lasting tribute. Individuals who share our enthusiasm for keeping alive the colors of our American military heritage are invited to contact us directly so that they can join this group of diverse people with a common objective.
AAM Mission Statement
The museum’s strategic mission is the preservation of the legacy of all Americans who have sacrificed themselves to defend our liberties and to educate a new generation regarding the courage, valor and heroism of our nation’s citizen soldiers by presenting the operational aircraft and armor in the museum’s collection and its related displays, exhibits and programs.