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National Skydiving Museum launches website

July 9, 2009, Fredericksburg, Va. – A new website offering a glimpse into plans and progress of the National Skydiving Museum in Fredericksburg is now available.


July 9, 2009
By Administrator

July 9, 2009, Fredericksburg, Va. – A new website offering a glimpse into plans and progress of the National Skydiving Museum in Fredericksburg is now available. The new website, www.skydivingmuseum.org  introduces the museum’s new identity with three “swooping” skydivers boldly displayed in red, deep blue and yellow. The site also connects with the skydiving industry through an interactive forum where visitors can share information about various aspects within the sport of skydiving.

According to Lenny Potts, president of the museum’s board of trustees, the new website is the next natural step in the process to create an identity for the museum.  “Our vision is to create a state-of-the-art facility preserving the history of skydiving.  In today’s technologically advanced society, we realize that our website will become “the face” for the museum so we want to use this opportunity to capture and share with visitors the history and fascination of one of mankind’s most exciting endeavors.  This site truly offers something for everyone even remotely interested in the sport of skydiving.”

The museum’s new website offers numerous special features about the museum and the world of skydiving.  There is a special "tour" of the museum through architectural
renderings, a listing of 2008 museum donors, an article about museum founder William “Bill” Ottley, ways to donate, and an interactive forum encouraging visitors to share information about drop zones, gear, airplanes, skydiving disciplines, and present and former skydivers.

The focus for the museum at this time is to raise the $5 million necessary to begin construction on the museum located in the Southpoint Centre, a bustling corridor along  Interstate 95.  The museum has already acquired the land through a generous grant from the  W. J. Vakos Company as well as donations from museum trustees and numerous organizations and individuals.  The museum will be situated adjacent to the U.S. Parachute Association where the museum’s administrator office is housed until construction of the museum is complete. 

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When completed, the 20,000 square feet National Skydiving Museum will recognize and promote the sport of skydiving through public education and awareness; recognize the contribution to skydiving by its participants, suppliers and supporters; capture forever the history of the sport through is events, equipment and personalities; and enhance aviation safety as it pertains to skydiving.  It is expected the museum will draw visitors from throughout the world to experience the thrill of skydiving through its history of people, equipment and events. 

For more information on the National Skydiving Museum or to make a donation, please  visit www.skydivingmuseum.org or contact museum administrator ,Nancy Kemble, at  540-604-9745 (direct line), 302-897-4051 (cell) or nkemble@skydivingmuseum.org. 

There are a variety of funding levels available.