Four-phase Warbird Museum expansion forges ahead

Rockabilly Red, left, The Parisian Hostess, center, and Ria Von Strudel help make up a vintage style pin-up calendar used to help fund the expansion of the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum.

Plans are moving forward for a four-phase expansion of Titusville’s Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, which features an extensive vintage aircraft collection and event space rentals at Space Coast Regional Airport.

“Phase One, a feasibility study to secure permits has been completed,” said Norman Daniels, commander of Valiant Air Command Inc.

The estimated cost is $49,757.

Phase Two is the addition of a 300-by-428-foot concrete apron and a new connector. Architectural plans have been completed and work has begun. This portion of the project is fully funded.

Phase Three is the addition of a 22,000-square-foot, air-conditioned event facility able to accommodate up to 500 people and hangar aircraft. Additional amenities include sufficient electrical power for stage lighting, projection and sound equipment, as well as a small kitchen. A new service road and additional parking is anticipated for this phase.

“Many firms, businesses and those needing space for weddings and anniversaries rent space in our hangars,” Daniels said. “The problem is that the older hangars are not air-conditioned and summer temperatures can rise to 90 degrees.”

The estimated cost is $1.9 million.

Fundraising is in progress and open to sponsors and donations from all sources.

Phase Four, will be the addition of two 25-foot hangars, each 120 by 180 feet. These would house additional aircraft, which are currently being turned away because of space limitations.

The estimated cost is $1,154,000 for each building.

Due to the COVID pandemic, the Warbird Museum’s hours have been cut to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission for adults is $20; seniors and military, $18; students ages 13 to 18, $10; and ages 5 to 12, $5. Children younger than 5 are admitted for free.

Proceeds from the organization’s annual, vintage-style Warbird pin-up calendar, available at the museum, also support the expansion. Go to aviationangels.us.

Expansion donations may be made through the website or via check sent to: Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum 6600 Tico Road, Titusville, FL 32780.

For additional information about the organization and its expansion, call 321-268-1941 or go to valiantaircommand.com.