Naples Airfield Exhibit

The empty gaze of a WW2 pilot's dress uniform gives the engine of the T6 trainer plane one last inspection.

“The crowds at the Depot are averaging 200 to 500 visitors a day and are thoroughly impressed.”

-Ron Jamro | Director, Collier County Museums

The story of the development of the Naples Airport is a very important one to the development of Naples itself.  The challenge was to find a way to give this story the presence that it deserves in the small amount of space that was available.

“When I stood in this room the first time, it was clear that we needed to find a way to get an airplane in there.  It wasn’t going to be easy, but I knew we had to find a way to make it work.” – Scott Metelko

We had discussed the idea of using an aircraft to anchor the display for years, but there just wasn’t enough space or budget to allow for one.  AST was able to Source the engine and cowling from a T-6 Texan aircraft and find a way to mount it without structural modifications to the building.  This gave us the “anchor” that the exhibit needed.  In a very limited space, we were able to tell the story of the Naples Airfield from its beginning as a WWII training base to its place today as a major transportation asset for southwest Florida.