On our return trip from Florida we planned a stop by the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida.

 

Naval Air Museum - Pensacola Naval Air Station Entrance Gate

Naval Air Museum – Pensacola Naval Air Station Entrance Gate

The museum is located on the grounds of the Pensacola Naval Air Station. This is also home base of the Blue Angels. You need to show ID and get a pass to the museum.

 

Naval Air Museum - Spirit of Naval Aviation Statues

Naval Air Museum – Spirit of Naval Aviation Statues

There is no set admission charge but donations are welcome. The above statues are in the entrance way. It is called The Spirit of Naval Aviation and shows aviators from WWI through Desert Storm.

 

Naval Air Museum - US Navy Aircraft Carrier Displays

Naval Air Museum – US Navy Aircraft Carrier Displays

One of the first vessels that come to mind when you here naval aviation are aircraft carriers. There is no shortage of homage paid to these Titans of the seas.

 

Naval Air Museum - Blue Angel Pilot Selfie

Naval Air Museum – Blue Angel Pilot Selfie

The second thought is the touring naval air group The Blue Angels. While there are tributes to the famed group in this museum, there is much more than we expected. Here they have a cutaway cockpit that allows you to get a selfie picture. Pretty cool.

 

Naval Air Museum - Building 1 Displays

Naval Air Museum – Building 1 Displays

Once you get past these impressive displays you enter the main building filled with naval aircraft from every era of flying.

 

Naval Air Museum - Building 1 Displays

Naval Air Museum – Building 1 Displays

There are more aircraft associated with naval aviation than we could count.

 

Naval Air Museum - Lighter than Air Display

Naval Air Museum – Lighter than Air Display

They even have a lighter than air display from a time prior to aircraft.

 

Naval Air Museum - Gemini Space Capsule

Naval Air Museum – Gemini Space Capsule

From lighter than air to space vehicles the Navy has been in the air as long as men could fly.

 

Naval Air Museum - Senator John H Glenn Jr

Naval Air Museum – Senator John H Glenn Jr

Naval Air Museum - Mr. Neil A Armstrong

Naval Air Museum – Mr. Neil A Armstrong

Inside also houses a Hall of Honor. The 2 men above represent some of the best the Navy has offered to history – John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.

 

Naval Air Museum - USS Enterprise Model Front View

Naval Air Museum – USS Enterprise Model Front View

Aircraft carrier models are everywhere throughout the museum. this one is a model of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

 

Naval Air Museum - USS Ronald Reagan Model Front View

Naval Air Museum – USS Ronald Reagan Model Front View

This one is the USS Ronald Reagan. These represent some of the greatest machines that man has ever produced.

 

 

For information about naval aviation this is THE place. I was amazed at the variety of aircraft and displays on hand. All of this for free (movie is extra). Great way to spend a day.

For more information check out the website:

http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/

 

 

National Museum of Naval Aviation - Pensacola, FL

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