The collection at the National Museum of Naval Aviation transcends time and space, from wood and fabric biplanes to the frontiers of space. Share the excitement of Naval Aviation’s rich history. Over 140 beautifully restored historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft represent Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation.
Soar with the Blue Angels, retrace the first flight across the Atlantic and stand on the flight deck of the USS Cabot. Fly an F/A-18 mission in a motion-based flight simulator, see an IMAX® film that feels like a bona fide ride with the Blue Angels. Take the flight line bus tour to see 40 more aircraft.
One wing is devoted to World War II carrier aviation and a full-size replica of USS Cabot‘s aircraft carrier island and flight deck. World War II Corsair, Dauntless and Hellcats stand ready for take-off on the wooden flight deck, while the Wildcat, Avenger and Kingfisher fly overhead. Strap yourself into a cockpit trainer to pretend test flights or defending a ship from Cabot‘s anti-aircraft gun battery.
Admission is free. Contact 1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola FL 32508; 850-453-2025; www.naval-air.org.