Aviation Museum Grants Veteranís 70th Birthday Wish

Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mr. Bill Lesko sitting in a TBM Avenger Torpedo BomberCape May Airport, NJ: The Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum, located at the Cape May Airport, was proud to help a local veteran fulfill his 70th birthday wish of sitting inside a historic TBM Avenger Torpedo Bomber.

Mr. Bill Lesko has been flying planes for the last 20 years. Some of his extensive pilot experience came from his 23 years serving in the US Army, US Naval Reserve and the US Coast Guard. Mr. Lesko never piloted a TBM Avenger during his time in the war but has always been taken with this particular type of torpedo bomber. He has been building hand crafted models of these planes for years, always dreaming of getting his chance to be inside of one.

NASW Aviation Museum allowed Mr. Lesko and his wife to stop by for the chance to board a TBM Avenger and sit in the ball turret and cockpit. While most aircraft are accessible to guests, this is the first time that the museum has allowed anyone to enter the TBM Avenger since it was restored and displayed in Hangar #1. NASW was honored to accommodate Mr. Lesko for his 70th birthday and would like to thank him for his years of service.

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is a non-profit aviation museum housed in an original wooden hangar from World War II, Historic Hangar #1. NASW Foundation’s mission is to restore and rehabilitate the hangar to its former glory, educate the public and honor the 42 men who perished while training here. The museum is open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm. For more information visit www.usnasw.org or call (609) 886-8787

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