American Naval Aviation Monument

  • American Naval Aviation Monument 1

    American Naval Aviation Monument 1

  • American Naval Aviation Monument 2

    American Naval Aviation Monument 2

Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Market: Cultural
Owner Type: Municipal Government
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The Naval Aviation monument acknowledges, honors, and tells the history of the Navy's connection to Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads region.  

The Virginia Beach Naval Aviation Monument consists of nine bronze statues, all 150% sized (most are 8’ tall), on five large granite bases.  On the granite bases, storyboards with laser etched photographs and historical listings tell the story of the specific era’s being depicted. The selected materials as well as the programmed maintenance schedules were specifically selected and funded to ensure that the project continues to be a pleasant and educational experience for decades.  The laser etching process, all on absolute black granite, was accomplished with the addition of a whitening process that emphasizes gray scales, therefore photographs, (old and new) and historical statements, could be amazingly incorporated such that they are clearly visible in all lights and weather conditions (rain). Because of the wealth of historical information about Naval Aviation, the project has become a destination point for scavenger hunter groups worldwide and continues to be a “place you have to see” while in Virginia Beach.

In 2010 the project was awarded "Best Recreation/Entertainment/Hospitality" project from the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate (HRACRE).

Images courtesy of Cox, Kliewer & Co.

Architect: Cox, Kliewer & Co. 
General Contractor: Sussex Development Corp.