Commemorate the Historical Contribution and Mission of
the Men and Women who served at Naval Air Station Glenview
Glenview Hangar One Foundation was formed to insure that a permanent memorial was created to recognize the contributions of veterans of Naval Air Station Glenview who served, or supported its operations, here and its subordinate locations Wolverine and Sable. The Glenview Hangar One Foundation considers it our duty to discharge this mission because freedom for Americans is secured at a price the time and lives of the men and women of the armed forces of the United States of America who fight, and sometimes die, so that Americans can live free and pursue their inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
By preserving the heritage of Glenview Aviation and NAS Glenview, we can create significant educational, civic and commercial benefits throughout our community and beyond!
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The Museum Is Temporarily Closed
Due to recent Winter weather damage to the roof, the museum will be temporarily closed for repairs. Please call the museum at 847-657-0000 to make a donation or answer any questions. We look forward to your visit when we reopen and appreciate your support during these challenging times. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Lest we Forget...
a WWII Navy Wave, a Marine, and a Museum.
(NAS Glenview Museum tribute)
Two brothers reveal a touching story to commemorate their Mother and Father's WWII service, the challenges our country endured, the importance of the Naval Air Station Glenview Museum, and the Glenview (Illinois) Community that supported them.
"WINGS OVER GLENVIEW" Documentary
This is an oral and visual history written and produced by Lisa Zimbler along with the students and faculty of the Glenbrook South High School Advanced Television class. This film captures the personal stories of those who served at Naval Air Station Glenview and raises awareness and pride in the important place in history achieved by those who served and the Air Station's mission. The film promotes a connection between the youth of our community with area military veterans to foster understanding and appreciation for their service and contributions made to our country.
We invite you to view the film by using the following link - https://vimeo.com/97215586
Glenview Hangar One Foundation needs your financial support!
Please consider a contribution to the Glenview Hangar One Foundation upon review of the following Fall appeal. Financial support is essential to sustain our momentum in memorializing the legacy of Naval Air Station Glenview, and its veterans, and continued development of an educational-centric museum.
AN FM-2 Wildcat that rolled off the deck of the USS Sable on Dec. 28, 1944, after suffering and engine failure during takeoff, was plucked from Lake Michigan at Waukegan Harbor, Illinois on December 7, 2012. The Wildcat has been identified as Bureau Number 57039, which had 1151 hours when it sank in 20 feet of water. The aircraft's pilot, William Edward Forbes, was rescued when the aircraft went into the water more than 60 years ago. He passed away in 2008 at the age of 85. More than 17,000 pilots were trained at N.A.S. Glenview to fly from carriers on Lake Michigan during WWII.
The aircraft was then stored at Kenosha airport by the sponsor of the recovery Chuck Greenhill, who allowed area groups and those interested the opportunity to view the plane. At the end of July, the Wildcat was transported to the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh and displayed in the Warbird area for the entire event. The plane attracted a great number of visitors each day and created an interesting contrast to the many restored aircraft around it.
After it's visit to Oshkosh the plane was moved to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, www.airzoo.org in Kalamazoo, Michigan where it will be restored over the next few years.
The Glenview Hangar One Foundation will use the time the Wildcat is being restored to raise funding and support for a larger museum facility with the hope of bringing the plane home to Glenview as a cornerstone exhibit. For more information about supporting development of the new museum please call Bill Marquardt at 312-213-2742 or the N.A.S.G. Museum at 847-657-0000
New museum initiative hopes to bring the Wildcat home to Glenview!
The GHOF is asking for support to create a new museum facility to hopefully display the recently recovered Wildcat from Lake Michigan after its restoration. The new facility is intended to be large enough to display the Wildcat along with other aircraft and artifacts to share N.A.S.G.'s unique history and commemorate the people who served there. To learn more about the new museum development, see the "Operation Eagle" presentation below. If you are interested in helping support this project please contact Bill Marquardt at email@example.com. You may also show your support by visiting the Bring It Home, Glenview! website at http://www.bringithomeglenview.org and sign their online petition to help secure a location for the museum on the NASG property.
Museum plans to raise and restore WWII plane from Lake Michigan as part of new museum plan called - Operation Eagle. See presentation below for more details
The Glenview Hangar One Foundation and the N.A.S.G. Museum held their Fall Education Event honoring John Davies and celebrating the 20th anniversary showing of Top Guns of '43. The movie was remarkable, Marty Robinson's presence as MC enjoyable and John Davies comments regarding the creation of the movie were fascinating. Showing of the movie was made possible with the cooperation of WTTW11.
This kick-off event for the education campaign was held at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. Guests were able to ask questions of the writers of the movie-John Davies and Tom Wolfe who were thrilled to be able to be a part of the day's activities. The evening ended with a live auction that featured three unique opportunities for aviation lovers: a ride in a
Navy N3N, a SNJ, AT-6 and an Extra 300.
Click on any of the images below to see a photo gallery of the event:
As to the future efforts of Hangar One: we continue working towards the goal of securing land on the Naval Air Station to build a permanent, larger museum and learning center while operating our current location. The new facility will house aircraft significant to NASG including our Coast Guard helicopter from the Museum of Science and Industry. The learning center will incorporate expanded curriculum with the local school districts to provide hands-on history along with math, science and leadership programs through the Challenger program.
It is located on the eastern perimeter of the former base property. The museum is also available for groups
and special events by appointment during the week. Please call 1-847-657-0000 for information.
Our freedom and our way of life are built on the contribution and sacrifice
of those who served our country. It is our duty to preserve their memory and
pass it along to our children and our children's children.
Glenview Hangar One Foundation is committed to preserving the history of Naval
Air Station Glenview and those who served here though our museum and educational
programs. We continue to expand our museum holdings (e.g. our recent acquisition
of a NASG Coast Guard helicopter from the Museum of Science and Industry) and
develop new educational opportunities such as:
Guided walking tours of the former Naval Air Station-now The Glen
Featured guest lectures by noted aviation specialists
Applied learning experiences for high school students on projects such as
documenting the history of the period through conversations of WWII veterans
Meanwhile, planning continues for our major goal of building a Challenger
Learning Center to serve our community's middle school-aged students.
Please join our visionary donors who support the educational
mission of Glenview Hangar One Foundation as we preserve the past and shape the
The Glenview Hangar One Foundation depends on
its members and their support to further our mission to Commemorate
the Historical Contribution of the Men and Woman who Served at Naval
Air Station Glenview. We are always seeking new members who can
bring their ideas, participation and leadership qualities, as well
as financial support, to our cause. Hangar One is always looking for
donations of historical aviation related items such as aircraft,
military vehicles, uniforms, scrap books, letters, photos for our
The Glenview Hangar One Foundation is a
not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) entity under the US Tax Code that raises
funding for its mission and goals primarily through tax-deductible
Membership sales, charitable contributions (both non-restricted and
restricted), and brick sales under the Navy Park Brick Program.
Charitable contributions also include the donation of NASG
memorabilia, or other military artifacts, from veterans or third
parties, to possibly be used in the Naval Air Station Glenview
As the Glenview Hangar One Foundation is a
not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) entity under the US Tax Code, all
charitable contributions (including membership dues, brick purchases
and artifact donations), whether in the form of cash, cash
equivalents, or assets, are fully tax deductible for federal income
Photo Gallery - Please Click on the Caption to Enlarge the Photo
first time in history, Naval Air Station Glenview is open to the public.
Enjoy all of the wonders of The Glen and its Town Center. Please remember
to pause from time to time in Navy Park to appreciate the many veterans of
NASG, who are honored in the granite bricks that pave the paths of the
park, who contributed their time and lives so that we can live as free
people in a safe nation.For more news and
information on Navy Park please visit Navy Park
or see the Navy Park dedication on October 17th,2003"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, will be directly proportional to
how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by
their nation" —President George Washington
Caption: Participants of the May 22nd Memorial Event for Naval Air Station Glenview Squadrons VA-728 and VS-721 pose for a picture in Navy Park.
Navy Park Memorial Brick Program was initiated to fund the purchase of the
three bronze statues of the Navy Aircrew man, Yellow jacket and Sailor
Mechanic replicated from the Naval Museum in Pensacola FL, and to provide
Hangar One contributors an opportunity to memorialize a veteran in Navy
As Hangar One is listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the
eventual goal of Hangar One was realized when developer OliverMcMillan
preserved the control tower and north and south pod facades of Hangar One,
along with certain structural components. In addition, the development
included the creation of Navy Park, the Naval Air Station Glenview
Museum, and the inclusion of NASG memorabilia into The Glen Town Center. The final
result of the Glen Town Center truly represents a Memorial to Freedom to
the veterans of Naval Air Station Glenview, and to all of the men and
women who served, or have served in the armed forces of the US.
Caption: Captain Chuck Downey (CO
VA-722 and VS-721) takes a picture of the “Flights of Imagination Festival” during his aerial performance in a WWII Meyers aircraft.
Aerial view of Navy Park and Glen Town Center taken by
Captain Chuck Downey (CO VA-722 and VS-721).
Caption: The preserved control tower
of Hangar One
Caption: A4 Jet with control tower in
For more news and
information on Hangar One and Glen Town Center please click::GTC::
NASG Museum and Learning Center
NASG was, at its heart, a facility devoted to training, technology and readiness.
The NASG museum and learning center that we hope to establish in our community, will have 2 synergistic and complimentary components - one educating about the past, and one preparing for the future. Initial business plans and feasibility studies are currently underway which will set the path for achieving the goal of creating a permanent museum and STEM learning center on former NASG land, whether free-standing or in an existing structure, in the near future.
THE MUSEUM: For twenty years, The Glenview Hangar One Foundation (GHOF) has done a tremendous job in preventing the loss of the substantive history of NASG and in preserving several of the air base's historic buildings (such as the Hangar One Tower). GHOF operates the current NASG Museum situated adjacent to former base property.
This facility, however, is located in an industrial area not readily and easily accessible to the public, and not able to house the volume of NASG artifacts which GHOF has amassed. Further, a larger and more permanent facility will need to be established if one of the NASG WWII planes recovered from Lake Michigan is to be displayed in the museum.
It is our hope that GHOF's expertise and our community's efforts can come together to create a state of the art facility that proudly achieves the promise of honoring this vital chapter of American history. Please see the FM-2 Wildcat page for further information on our hopes to bring home this historic and rare military aviation artifact.
THE LEARNING CENTER: The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning center at the site is intended to be modeled after the youth-oriented learning annex of the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola - called the National Flight Academy (NFA). This portion of the NASG facility will offer immersive, non-combat, humanitarian mission based flight planning, coordination and simulation to achieve core STEM learning objectives.
There are only a handful of other places in the country where this complete cutting edge educational experience can be found - in Pensacola, at the USS Yorktown museum and learning center in South Carolina and within a community in Pax River, Maryland. These sites are regional draws for students (7th-12th grades), corporations, and the public, and show multi-fold increases in state science and math testing scores for students who participate in the NFA programs.
Results from the most recent global survey of developed nations show that US high school students' rankings (during 2009 to 2012) have fallen from 25th place to 31st place in math, from 20th to 24th place in science, and from 11th to 24th place in reading. Experts indicate that the US students are staying stagnant, while other nations' youth are moving forward. The US also faces a severe pilot shortage in the next 10 to 15 years, as 50% of our commercial pilots are over 50 years old - this is a huge safety concern within the aviation community, and has increased industry-wide focus on encouraging youth interest in flight. Please see the National Flight Academy page for more information on this exciting and interactive aviation based programming.
On January 4th,
1937 the first of you came to see me. I had just
been born, but I remember you all. As I grew,
still more of you came, some of you even brought your families. You came, times of war, times of conflict, times of
Police actions and even times of peace. You came
because, we as a nation felt that it was only right to be prepared, well trained and at the ready if needed. Some of you came from far away, And only stopped to rest briefly with me before you
returned to your mission. I remember you all, as I
know you still remember me. I remember those of
you from long ago. I remember those of you who
left and did not return. I remember those of you
who are far away. I remember those of you who are
here today. I will never forget any of you. Your memories might fade, but I will always remember
our past. The joys, the sorrows, the good times
and the bad times. We shared it all. We will never
forget. Now, at the ripe old age of 58, I must
leave you. But I know, through all of you I will
never be forgotten. Who am I you ask? NBU – Naval Air Station
Glenview, GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS
2040 Lehigh Avenue
Glenview, IL 60026
Please also refer to the
following official sites for additional information on Naval Air Station
Glenview Global Security | NAVFAC
Entrance Page Picture, Website Header, and Forget Me Not by Bruce Knuth
reprinted from the U.S. Naval Air Station "The Final Salute". An Aviation Icon
by Bev Dawson was reprinted from Historic Illinois. *
Pictures at Home Page and links provided by Hangar One photographers Marcia Mack
and Ed Taicsich