Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day in Florida - National Naval Aviation Museum

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I will post details on some places in Florida that hold special memories of our nation's military history and the men and women who gave their lives in the service of our country.

Perhaps the finest military exhibit in the state (if not the country) is the National Naval Aviation Museum on board the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola. This outstanding museum traces the history of naval aviation from its first crude beginning to the space race and beyond.

Pensacola holds a special place in American history as the "birthplace of naval aviation." It was here that the U.S. Navy experimented with and improved early aircraft and later trained large numbers of pilots for aerial combat during World War II. Pilots from every era of naval aviation have trained here and Pensacola had played a key role in the U.S. Navy's remarkable combat record.

The museum explores this rich history with aircraft, exhibits, photographs, video and more. The facility also pays tribute to the pilots and crew members who died in service to their country and is a moving and special place to visit at any time of the year.

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