Sunday, July 25, 2021

Air Power Park Undergoing Renovations

HAMPTON—An F-10 on display at Air Power Park recently took a very short flight—with a little help from a crane—as part of the nearly $2 million renovation happening at the park. It was moved to a higher elevation in the park that is farther from Newmarket Creek, and the threat of possible flooding.

The park’s renovation is partly funded by a Defense Department, Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation grant. The work of installing a bulkhead and raising the ground level of the park—which can flood—is scheduled to be completed in early 2022. Future phases will address the museum building and development programs and exhibits for the renewed park.

The indoor museum at the center of the park includes themed rooms with more than 325 models of aircraft, spacecraft, and nautical vehicles representing all the U.S. branches of service and some from other nations. Outside, a raised wooden walkway provides a quiet observation deck with views of Newmarket Creek.

The park will remain open for visitors during the renovation. For more information about the park, visit the Air Power Park website.

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