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Military Aviation Museum

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Military Aviation Museum

1341 Princess Anne Road

Virginia Beach, Virginia,23457

United States

Company Description

The Military Aviation Museum displays and provides a permanent home for a large number of Second World War and earlier vintage flying aircraft. The Museum's ongoing mission is to preserve, restore, and fly these historic aircraft and to give a new generation t... more

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Employment History

Owner

Aviation Institute of Maintenance


Affiliations

MILAVIA

Founder


MAM

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Pacific Wrecks - Gerald Yagen - Fighter Factory / Tidewater Tech

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Gerald Yagen
Miliary Aviation Museum / Fighter Factory / Tidewater Tech 1341 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, VA Tel: 1-57-721-7767 "Jerry" is the founder of Military Aviation Museum and Fighter Factory / Tidewater Tech. He has funded and been involved with the salvage and restoration of warbirds from around the world during the past decade. Gerald Yagen adds:


Rotec Engines and Avro 504K

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Owner: Gerald Yagen
Gerald Yagen's Avro 504K Project Jerry is the owner of the Aviation Institute of Maintenance being FAA approved schools, operating in Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, Orlando and Virginia. Each of the seven schools are currently constructing different WW1 replicas (see: http://www.aimschool.com/?page_id=138). However as none of the schools selected the AVRO 504, Jerry made it his own personal project. He commissioned Pur Sang Aero Historic (Argentina) to construct the first 504 which proved to be a great success; consequently, Jerry commissioned a second AVRO 504. The first aircraft is now operational in the USA. Jerry is also the owner of a Military Aviation Museum located at Virginea Beach VA. Jerry elected to use Rotec's R3600 for his Avro 504's


Jerry Yagen and the Fighter Factory | Flight Today | Air & Space Magazine

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Jerry Yagen and the Fighter Factory
Yagen's is one of the world's largest private collections of airworthy, classic military aircraft. Though he became a collector as a young man-stamps, comic books-he entered the world of warbirds relatively late. Warbirds Over the Beach airshow At the 2015 Warbirds show, fans get to watch a Commemorative Air Force 1943 Dauntless growl past the international lineup of Jerry Yagen's warbirds and his red rides-for-sale Waco. (©TIM WRIGHT/timwrightphoto.com) A pilot since 1969, Yagen didn't consider acquiring a vintage military aircraft until 1994, when he attended an evening event at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario. Evenings in museums among beautifully restored, historic aircraft can be inspiring; Yagen decided he wanted a warbird of his own. He learned of a 1941 Curtiss P-40E for sale and made arrangements to visit the owner, Georgia-based warbird restorer Tom Wilson. "And I was never so disappointed in my life," recalls Yagen. He sent Yagen to see entrepreneur and restorer Ken Hake, who was working on P-40s in Kansas. Yagen says he returned from visiting Hake with a new attitude: "I can do this. He bought the project. "And today you see that airplane out there in the hangar," he says. Following the practice of many warbird owners, Yagen had his airplane painted to tell the story of a historic battle and famous ace. With the shark-toothed visage of the American Volunteer Group Warhawks, the airplane represents the P-40E flown by Flying Tiger ace David Lee "Tex" Hill during the raid on China's Salween River Gorge, a days-long attack that stopped the Japanese advance toward Kunming. When Hill (who died in 2007 at 92) autographed the restored Kittyhawk at an airshow shortly after it became airworthy, he told Yagen it was "too clean." "One of the many things that has impressed me over the years about Jerry is that he isn't just interested in the artifact, in the aircraft itself," says Mark Whall, a former RAF squadron commander who flew the British-French Jaguar attack jet. In the colors of the Flying Tigers, that is a nod from Jerry and a mark of respect for what the Flying Tigers stood for." Yagen's was license-built in 1949 by the Spanish aircraft factory CASA. (© Lyle Jansma/aerocaptureimages.com) Yagen's second purchase, a 1943 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Following that flight, Yagen was given brief instruction on flying a Spitfire, and took off on a planned 15-minute flight in the "second fighter plane I had flown in my life. Flying low over the English countryside and losing track of time (he flew for more than 30 minutes), Yagen said he was "feeling like a guy in World War II." After the war, the Spitfire was transferred to the Italian air force. It went through several more owners and adventures before Yagen's company Tidewater Tech bought it in 1998 (from Federal Express founder Fred Smith), and it arrived in Pungo in 2000. On the Kittyhawk and Spitfire alone, Yagen spent $1.2 million. The Mosquito restoration cost another $4 million, and today Yagen's collection has grown so large that he says he isn't sure exactly how many aircraft he owns. On the Military Aviation Museum website, 58 are pictured, 17 of them replicas of World War I-era aircraft and one, an honest-to-goodness 1918 Curtiss JN-4 Jenny. When Yagen said, "I don't really know," the reporter expressed skepticism. "If it wasn't for Mr. Yagen having a fleet of stuff that he actually wants to fly, me and my guys"-six mechanics, four apprentices, and a parts manager-"wouldn't have one of the greatest jobs in the world." The Fighter Factory officially belongs to the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in nearby Chesapeake, one of Yagen's network of for-profit schools. Every year, a select group of AIM students are given the opportunity to work on some of aviation's most historically important aircraft. The schools are the economic engine that enabled Yagen to create the Military Aviation Museum, and a 2013 crisis with them almost dissolved it. 1943 PBY-5A Catalina One of the largest and, to some, most glorious restored warbird in Yagen's collection: a 1943 PBY-5A Catalina, the U.S. Navy's storied scout bomber. This one was seized for drug smuggling in 1985, then went through several owners before finding its way to Yagen's stable. (© Tim Wright/timwrightphoto.com) Yagen is vague in his description of the crisis. He says that changes in the U.S. Department of Education's Title IV Student Aid Programs, which provide the majority of tuition paid to his enterprises, began to reduce the amount of tuition he could collect. (The changes involved the computation of tuition qualifications based on clock hours instead of credit hours.) In May 2013, after he "had run out of reserves," Yagen contacted a prospective buyer for his businesses. The following month, he sent a mass email announcing that his collection was for sale. Seven of his airplanes, including a B-17G, a pair of Fw 190A8s, a de Havilland Dragon Rapide, and a Hawker Fury, sold immediately. Then things changed. Somehow Yagen found a way to work with the federal regulations and decided not to sell the businesses. By August 2013, Yagen was trying to buy his airplanes back. Yagen has even bought a Luftwaffe hangar, built in 1934 in Cottbus, a small town southeast of Berlin. In 2012 he had it dismantled, transported to Pungo, and reassembled as the home for his German airplanes. Yagen spent his early childhood in Germany with his German-born mother and his American Air Force father. He says he was always fascinated with airplanes and remembers watching with his dad as B-52s launched from Griffiss Air Force Base in New York. Another memory from a few years later: how upset he was when he wrecked a control-line Me 109 he had built. "I had worked so hard on it," he says, and laughs. "Today I have a real one." Once he built his first hangar in Pungo, Yagen says, "people started knocking on my door. If very low-flying warbirds landing on the grass runway abutting Princess Anne Road don't attract enough attention from passing drivers, at 60,000 square feet, the massive hangars rising above flat farm fields work very well as giant billboards. Soon so many people were showing up at Pungo that Yagen had to hire staff just to deal with visitors. His wife Elaine had a solution: volunteers. "And I really didn't believe her, that people would come and do this on their own," says Yagen with disbelief in his voice. "And I started thinking"-his voice drops to a whisper-"maybe they will. Today as many as 200 volunteers help out at the museum. In 2006, Yagen staged an invitation-only airshow for his friends, fellow pilots, business contacts, and the neighbors near the airstrip. After a third year, he decided to open the event to the public and charge admission. In 2009, the Warbirds Over the Beach airshow was born. The crowds, now paying $30 for a single-day admission ticket and $50 for two days, have continued to grow. Not all in the audience are fans of Yagen. During the June 2016 airshow, the public address system blared a plug for one of Yagen's aviation schools. A spectator beside me slowly shook his head. With a scowl he said: "There's Jerry Yagen paying Jerry Yagen to promote Jerry Yagen. Yagen is unashamedly a businessman; he drives a hard bargain, and not all of his deals end on a happy note. Yagen not only stages an airshow; he creates a world. His Fw 190 sits by a 1934 hangar, imported from Germany. (© Lyle Jansma/aerocaptureimages.com) Family fun at Warbirds Over the Beach: matching E-2C Hawkeye hats; climbing up the ladder into a visiting Curtiss C-46 Commando, World War II workhorse; and finding 70 other off-camera warbirds. (© Tim wright/timwrightphoto.com) Here's something you don't see every day: a Thompson Brothers Mk.V three-wheel aircraft-fueling truck, used at RAF bases during the war. The WACO is more common. This YMF-5 was produced in 1989 by Michigan's WACO Classic Aircraft. (George A. Kounis/pilotgetaways.com) "I love the Fokker Dr.1," says Yagen, who owns three replicas. They all fly at Biplanes and Triplanes, an airshow he hosts every October. (© Military Aviation Museum) During a July visit to the museum, Yagen offers a tour to Mark Whall and me. As we walk, Yagen frequently pauses to ask: "Do you know what this is? With a big grin, Yagen delights in answering his questions. It isn't long before I realize that only a fraction of Yagen's aircraft are anywhere near flying condition or on display. He says he no longer has to go looking for airplanes. "They come to me," he says, because the warbird world knows he will buy. "When I find a World War II airplane I don't have, I buy it." Yagen, 70, has begun to confront the fact that he is no longer a young man. "I'd like for the museum always to be here, but I also realize that the airplanes will probably instantly stop flying as soon as I die. "My biggest problem," he adds, "is I don't have an escape plan.


www.wingwalkers.org

Mossie was restored by Avspecs Limited of New Zealand on behalf of Jerry Yagen of Military Aviation Museum (MAM) and Fighter Factory of Norfolk Virginia.


generalaviationnews.com

Highlighting AirVenture for many warbird fans was the appearance of a rebuilt de Havilland Mosquito owned by Jerry Yagen of the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
In addition to Yagen, the resurrected Mosquito was represented at AirVenture by Warren Denholm, who restored the unique warplane along with his crew at Avspecs in New Zealand. Yagen noted that the project he bought in Canada "was terrible looking … it was a pile of mush and none of the wood was useable again.


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