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Living History: The WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival 2017

The festival brings interactive exhibits to the Lakefront, and honors the WWII generation’s successes on air, sea, and land.

Climb aboard a fully restored PT-305 at the WWII Air, Sea & Land festival. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Recognized by Trip Advisor as the #2 museum in the world, the National World War II Museum is an educational experience unlike any other. The museum, filled with exhibits engaging even the least-seasoned of history buffs, is headquartered in Downtown New Orleans. But this year, the museum has expanded its offerings to the New Orleans Lakefront where visitors and locals can climb aboard the PT-305, a fully restored PT boat from WWII.

It takes place at the new location where the National WWII Museum hosts its annual festival, previously known as the AirPower Expo. This year, in its fourth rendition, it returns to New Orleans as the Air, Sea & Land Fest, and brings plenty of new experiences to an already incredible and unique lineup of events and activities.

AirPower Expo 2016 (Photo courtesy of National WWII Museum)

Taking place from October 27-29 at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, the National WWII Museum, Commemorative Air Force, and Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation join forces to present the annual WWII aircraft show. But seeing historic aircrafts is just a part of the fun. Additions to this year’s fest include dockside tours of the PT-305, a Victory warbird parade, a viewing of military vehicles, a fashion show, a kids’ zone, and a spectacular flight line of warbirds. Below, you’ll find a run-down of all the new and improved activities at the fest. Purchase tickets here to see it all for yourself.

1. Kids’ Zone – This area is perfect for the families with mini-historians. Here you’ll find an obstacle course, inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, STEM-based activities, hands-on history activities with WWII gear, photo stations, and face-painting. Kids can also participate in the US Air Force’s onsite performance lab, which features a flight simulator, pull-up bar challenge, games, and more.

2. Victory Parade – This hour-long parade celebrates all the machines, men, and women of WWII. Don’t miss it – especially since Mardi Gras floats will be featured, the 610 Stompers will be entertaining on Saturday, with various civic groups in attendance.

3. Aircraft Rides – Yep, you read that right. Visitors can actually ride on some of the rarest existing WWII aircrafts! Tickets are available to be purchased separately here.

4. PT-305 Dockside Tours – Expert guides will provide dockside tours of the only fully restored, combat-veteran PT-305 boat.

General admission tickets are $21, with military discounts available. WWII veterans and children 12 and under enter for free. Purchase tickets ahead of time here, and arrive anytime after 9 a.m. on October 27, 28, or 29 to participate in the festivities.

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