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AATC delegates get taste of Military Aviation Museum

Courtesy Military Aviation Museum

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Delegates to the African American Travel Conference will find a new reason to bring their groups to Virginia Beach when they visit the Military Aviation Museum.

Virginia Beach is the host city April 12-14 for this year’s AATC Conference, and to showcase the many group tour options the area has, all delegates will be invited to a dine-around night at the Military Aviation Museum.

The museum, at the Virginia Beach Airport, is home to one of the world’s largest collections of World War II- and Korean War-era aircraft; it includes fighters, bombers, trainers and seaplanes. Housed in twin 65,000-square-foot hangars, most of the aircraft are fully operational and are used in movies, commercials and on television.

“It is a wonderful experience to walk among the aircraft that were so instrumental in the freedom of the world,” said Charlie Presley of AATC. “Virginia Beach has a strong military heritage and presence; the location of the Military Aviation Museum is a natural.”

The idea of taking the conference delegates to the museum for an evening function was the brainchild of staff at the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, which worked hard to bring the AATC to the city.

The AATC, the largest meeting of African-American group travel planners, will bring an estimated 350 delegates to Virginia Beach.

Groups interested in Virginia Beach and the Military Aviation Museum can go online to and