Va. Beach Man Selling Historic Plane Collection

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia Beach man is selling his historic plane collection and may close a museum that houses them.

Gerald Yagen owns the Military Aviation Museum near Pungo. He told The Virginian-Pilot Monday he no longer has the money to keep his collection of World War I and II-era planes that is billed as one of the world's largest.

So far, he said he's sold two planes: a Boeing B-17 bomber and a Focke-Wulf 190, a single seat German plane. Both were used during World War II.

Yagen said he doesn't know how many planes he owns. Some in Virginia Beach have never been exhibited. He says he has others around the world that won't make it to Virginia Beach.

He says only nine groups visited the museum last week.


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