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Hampton History Museum

Posted on: March 13, 2020

ReLaunching Air Power Park! See what's restored, renewed, refreshed!

Corporal and Little Joe APP

ReLaunching Air Power Park
Air Power Park | 413 W. Mercury Boulevard | Hampton, VA 23669 | 757-726-0650


What exactly is ReLaunching Air Power Park? 
ReLaunching Air Power Park is not an event, but rather a refreshed and reinvigorated way experiencing cherished part of the region’s past—a 15 acre park filled with wonderful aircraft, rockets and missiles from the 1950s and 1960s that showcase Hampton’s connection to Langley Air Force Base and NASA Langley Research Center. There’s also a cool 1960s geodesic dome that contains hundreds of scale models of planes, jets, rockets and spacecraft.

We’re in year two of the five year Air Power Park Revitalization Plan approved by the Hampton City Council that will make the Park a proud centerpiece of Hampton’s Park System. In the first year we repainted and repaired all of the aircraft and rockets for the first time since 2000. Soon we’ll be installing new signs that will tell you the history and importance of all the craft on display.

More upgrades coming soon
This spring we’ll install a flag colonnade for US, State and City flags, as well as flags from all branches of the military. We’ll also relocate and remount a few of the artifacts. We’re working engineering solutions to park drainage and remounting the aircraft. In the next few years there’ll be more work to stabilize the waterfront, refurbish the geodesic dome. Finally, the refurbished park and dome will be home to new exhibits and educational programs.

Family Fun
Soon there will be other fun activities to enjoy. We’ve developed and game where you have to search for clues around the park to help solve a mystery. You can borrow our stomp rockets to challenge friends and family to see who can shoot their rockets the highest. There are gliders that you can fly outside. And in the dome there are hands-on activities to help you learn more about the planes and rockets on display.

This is also a great place where you can enjoy the outdoors
Air Power Park is situated along the city’s extensive Waterwalk, a trail that is more than two miles long leads to the Power Plant shopping and entertainment area. You can stroll, jog or ride your bike along it. There is a dock where you can load in your kayak or canoe to enjoy Newmarket Creek, and soon there will be signage to tell you more about the plant and animal life along the creek.

Stop on by!
Air Power Park is located at 413 W. Mercury Boulevard, Hampton. The outdoor park is open sun up to sunset, year round. The Geodesic dome and indoor displays are temporarily closed due to Covid-19. We welcome you to tour the restored aircraft and space vehicles, and remind you to visit in small groups and maintain social distancing to safely enjoy your experience. Come Fly With Us!

Cropped F-101 11-25

F-101F Voodoo
No. 56-0246
USAF
Fighter

Watch the F101 video and learn more.

Here are the other restored craft that you can see at Air Power Park!

Little Joe
Mercury/Little Joe Booster
NASA

Watch the Little Joe video and learn more.

A-7E Corsair II
BuNo. 157606
Navy
Attack

Watch the A-7E Corsair II video and learn more.

Mercury Test Capsule
NASA

Watch the Mercury Test Capsule video and learn more.

SM-78 Jupiter
Army
Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM)

Watch the Jupiter Missile video and learn more.

XV-6A Kestrel
No. 64-18266
NASA
V/STOL Research

Watch the Kestrel video and learn more.

T-33A T-Bird
No. 52-0734
USAF
Trainer

Watch the T-Bird video and learn more.

F-86L Sabre
No. 51-3064
USAF
Fighter

Watch the F-86L Sabre and learn more.

F-89D/J Scorpion
No. 52-2129
USAF
Interceptor

Watch the F-89D/J Scorpion and learn more.

F-100D Super Sabre
No. 54-2145
USAF
Fighter

Watch the F-100D Super Sabre video and learn more.

F-105D Thunderchief
No. 61-0073
USAF
Fighter-bomber

Watch the F-105D Thunderchief video and learn more.

RF-4C Phantom II
No. 69-0372
USAF
Reconnaissance

Watch the RF-4C Phanton II video and learn more.

MIM-3 Nike-Ajax
Upper Stage
Army
Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM)


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