AAA Editor Notes
National Naval Aviation Museum is on the Naval Air Station Pensacola at 1750 Radford Blvd.; entrance is through the West Gate off Blue Angel Pkwy. The museum traces the development of American naval aviation from its beginnings to the present through more than 150 restored historic aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation. Highlights include the NC-4 Flying Boat, which in 1919 became the first plane to cross the Atlantic; the only surviving SBD Dauntless from the Battle of Midway; and the Skylab Command Module.
Four A-4 Skyhawks are suspended from the ceiling in formation in the Blue Angels Atrium. Trolley tours of the flight line feature additional aircraft. Walk-through displays portray a World War II carrier hangar bay, a South Pacific Sea Island forward Marine base and the wartime home front. Exhibits range from pre-World War I memorabilia to a replica of a World War II aircraft carrier island and flight deck.
Hangar Bay One displays some 35 aircraft from the post-World War II era, including Vietnam aircraft, Coast Guard aircraft, presidential helicopter Marine One and the Apollo 17 lunar module space exhibit. A variety of flight simulators take visitors on a 3-D HD or a 2-D flying adventure while a 4-D motion simulator lets guests fly with the Blue Angels or take off from an aircraft carrier and battle over the Iraqi desert.
Note: To enter the air station, visitors (ages 16+) must present a valid I.D. Backpacks are not permitted in the museum, and purses and smaller bags are subject to search. Contact the museum for additional restrictions.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.