Wednesday, March 4, 2009

National Naval Aviation Museum - Pensacola, Florida

The Northwest Florida city of Pensacola is rightfully called the "Cradle of Naval Aviation." This rich history is explored at the National Naval Aviation Museum on board the Pensacola Naval Air Station.

The museum is a magnificent heritage attraction with massive display halls, an IMAX theater, special exhibits, a memorial hall and more.

Pensacola played a critical role in the development of air power for the U.S. Navy. The base is the home of the famed "Blue Angels," the Navy's precision aerial combat team, and was the training port for thousands of naval aviators during World War II.

The museum offers a walk through the Navy's rich aviation history. Beginning with the earliest planes, visitors can explore each era of the history of naval aviation. Key exhibits tell the story of the Navy's role in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars and the modern era. The museum contains a massive collection of aircraft and other artifacts, including the yellow trainer shown above that was once flown by President George H.W. Bush.

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