On our return trip from Florida we planned a stop by the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once you get past these impressive displays you enter the main building filled with naval aircraft from every era of flying.
There are more aircraft associated with naval aviation than we could count.
They even have a lighter than air display from a time prior to aircraft.
From lighter than air to space vehicles the Navy has been in the air as long as men could fly.
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.
Aircraft carrier models are everywhere throughout the museum. this one is a model of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
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.
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