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Havelock Tourist & Event Center

Aviation Exhibit

The Havelock Tourist & Event Center features a variety of military and historical displays for the public. Inside the spacious building, display cabinets feature a combination of permanent and rotating displays in the main hall corridor. The history of Marine Corps aviation is depicted with a permanent display of scaled aircraft models and historic photographs presented in a time line. Another permanent display will feature jet aircraft ejection seats.

Current trends in Marine Corps aviation are represented by a Featured Squadron display, chosen from the active duty fleet squadrons of Marine Air Group 14, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point. There is a display featuring the history of Havelock with its strong ties to the Marine Corps.

The interior displays are available to the general public Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm. All displays are designed to be educational, informative, and entertaining.

Static displays outside the building include a restored Douglas A-4M Skyhawk, a McDonnell Douglas RF-4B Phantom, and a Grumman F9F-6P Panther. Inside, a replica of an early Boeing F4B-3 biplane is suspended from the ceiling, and a large scale AV-8B Harrier is on display.

RF-4B Phantom II
The RF-4B was manufactured by McDonnell Aircraft Corporation and used for photo reconnaissance from the 1960's to 1990. This aircraft is displayed outside the front entrance of the Tourist Center. The RF-4B PHANTOM II, is on loan to the City of Havelock by the National Museum of Naval Aviation.
A-4 "Skyhawk"
The A-4 was manufactured by Douglas Aircraft. It is a light attack aircraft used by the United States Marine Corps from 1958 to 1985. It was used for close air support missions in Vietnam. This aircraft is displayed at the entrance road on Tourist Center Drive.
F4B-3
The F4B-3 was manufactured by Boeing and used in the 1930's as a fighter plane. This aircraft is displayed suspended from the ceiling in the main hall of the Tourist & Event Center.
F9F-6P
The F9F-6P was manufactured by Grumman Aircraft Company and used for photo reconnaissance in the 1950's. It is located on the ramp outside the facility and is under restoration.
A6-E Tram Intruder
The A-6E TRAM Intruder was built by Grumman Aircraft. The TRAM (Target Recognition Attack Multi-sensor) turret is visible just under the nose of the aircraft, forward of the front wheel. The A-6 is on display by the Hampton Inn, and welcomes visitors from all over the world to the Tourist and Event Center.
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City of Havelock PO Box 368 Havelock, NC 28532 (252) 444-6400