While visiting, we took a trip to Pensacola to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum. I didn't realize it till we were there, but Pensacola is the home of the Blue Angles, so the locals must get a free airshow. I was quite impressed with the fact that this museum is free of charge. You can of course donate something to help keep the lights on.
On display are several WWI aircraft that I had not seen in other museums I've visited, as well as a whole host of WWII aircraft. One of the more interesting things I learned, was of the naval training program during WWII that was ran out of Chicago. Many planes crashed into Lake Michigan as pilots learned to takeoff and land on a training aircraft carrier. Several of these planes have been brought out of the lake and have been restored.
The museum offers quite a few exhibits related to life in the navy during the world wars, and has many displays related to those times in general. This is great for those more boring people among us who might enjoy that more than the airplanes.
Free is hard to beat, so if your in the area go have a look-see.
|Up close they smell just like an old Volkswagon bug that's been burning oil :)|