National Naval Aviation Museum – Know Before You Go

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Set your sights high for aviation fun and learning the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. But take a few minutes before you make the drive to read up on the security policies. After all, you are about to drive onto the Naval Air Station Pensacola, and there are important rules to follow.

First up, getting in:

In order to align NAS Pensacola with security directives issued by the Secretary of the Navy, the air station commanding officer has directed that beginning February 1, 2016, all visitors to the National Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas and Pensacola Lighthouse who do not possess a Department of Defense identification card or are unescorted by the holder of a Department of Defense identification card, will be required to enter the installation via the West Gate located off Blue Angel Parkway.

Visitors (16 years and older) must present valid identification for entry to the air station. Visitors riding motorcycles must wear a helmet, gloves, pants, a long sleeve shirt and hard sole shoes. Backpacks and similar items are not allowed in the Museum (exceptions are small diaper bags, purses, camera bags, fanny packs and medicine bags); all bags are subject to search by the NAS Base Security and or visible inspection by Museum staff or qualified volunteers. Concealed weapons are not allowed aboard NAS Pensacola.

Now, on to the fun:

Admission and parking are free – great for your summer vacation budget! And you’ll want to stay all day or at least several hours, to see as many of the amazing aircraft as possible. Each one has a story to tell.

You’ll have no trouble believing that the National Naval Aviation Museum is the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum. They have more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. And that requires some serious display room. You’ll be walking through nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on 37 acres. So wear your comfortable shoes.

A-6E Intruder

A-6E Intruder

One of our favorite planes it the impressive A-6E Intruder. According to the museum’s information, this was the world’s first all-weather attack aircraft. It was able to launch low-level strikes against targets at extended ranges without regard to darkness or weather conditions.

Make your visit and decide which plane is your pick for the most awesome!