Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Naval Aviation Monument Park
Naval Aviation Monument
This is a monument to the proud heritage of Naval Aviation that has had many of its beginnings in Hampton Roads. It is here in Hampton Roads that the very first take-off from a ship was made by Eugene Ely in 1910. It is here in Hampton Roads that The Nation prepared for WW1, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East and other conflicts throughout the world, sending men and women who manned aircraft carriers, planes, ships and submarines into harm's way.
So it is here in Virginia Beach that we erect this Monument to Naval Aviation, honoring the proud aviators who wear the Wings of Gold, the Navy, Marine Corps and the Coast Guard, who help defend our great country and protect all Free Nations.
Where It Began
Eugene Ely - First take off from a ship
November 14, 1910
World War II
“Pilots, man your planes”
The modern force • Naval aviation in the 21st century
Erected 2006 by Hampton Roads Squadron of the Naval Aviation Foundation Association.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, World I • War, World II.
Location. 36° 51.214′ N, 75° 58.567′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Memorial is at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 25th Street, on the left when traveling south on Atlantic Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2500 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Naval Air Station Oceana (a few steps from this marker); The Wreck of the Dictator and The Norwegian Lady Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Sister Cities (within shouting distance of this marker); 24th Street Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A portion of the engine from the George Farwell (about 500 feet away); U-boats Off the Mid-Atlantic Coast (about 500 feet away); Stern piece of a ship (about 500 feet away); Outer planking from a vessel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
Also see . . .
1. Naval Aviation Monument. (Submitted on September 1, 2017.)
2. Association of Naval Aviation Hampton Roads Squadron. (Submitted on September 1, 2017.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.