Apr 2, 2013

National Naval Aviation Museum

For Thanksgiving 2012, we decided to drive to Florida to be with my wife family for the holidays.  From our current home in Texas this is only a ten hour drive, and we thought it would be a nice chance to see some new country.  It was a good trip, but we didn't get much of a scenery change between south-eastern Texas and northern Florida.  Aside from the swamps of Louisiana, glancing out the window you would think you were still around Texas somewhere...

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 :)  

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