The Naval Air Museum is located on the Pensacola Naval Air base in Pesacola Florida, about a thirty minute drive from Gulf Shores State Park. Scores of planes are on display ranging from the earliest models with a double wing to the latest smart fighters used in Afghanistan in 2002.

A set of bronze statues at the entrance honors the men who belonged to the naval air force.

The museum is huge and I strongly recommend taking a tour of the planes with a guide. The tour guides are former navy pilots; and if my tour guide, Jim, was representative, they are incredibly informative and their first-hand experiences are engrossing to listen to. My guide, Jim, had flown several of these planes in WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam. He had just retired from being an advisor at the Pentagon. 

This seaplane hangs in the entrance to the museum directly above the bronze statues.

I did not purchase a catalog for identifying these planes so if anyone can fill me in, please e-mail me your information, and I will add your information to this web page. Thanks.

If your favorite plane is missing, sorry. There were far too many Navy planes on display to show each one here.

The museum even has a Japanese Zero on display. Our guide told the folllowing story. Initially, the Zero could not be out-flown, it was too fast and manouverable. However, one Zero flying on a mission to Alaska was damaged by American gunfire. The Japanese pilot, seeing what he thought was a grassy field on a small, abandoned island, landed in what turned out to be a marsh. The zero landed splat and moved no further. Days later, an American pilot spotted the Zero. We retrieved the  largely intact Zero and went over it with a fine tooth comb. We learned that its carburetor float, in a steep dive, would move to a position that choked off the flow of gas to the engine. We also learned that the Zero could not make a sharp right turn. This knowledge provided American fliers with the strategy needed to knock out Zeros in a dog fight. The American pilot would dive sharply down, bank right, turn and come up firing behind the doomed Zero. 
The cost of maintaining and expanding this museum is met through private donations. Taxpayer dollars are not used.
The next seven photos illustrate the variety of planes and 'copters to be seen. They are followed by photos of the Blue Angel's planes.

When you get tired of walking among the planes, the museum has an IMax theater,showing every other hour, an IMax documentary on the Blue Angels. The hour long documentary puts you in the pilot's seat for a thrilling ride that's a memorable experience. 

A Flying Tiger!
Plus a 'copter straight out of Mash**

Finally, in their exclusive display area, the planes of the Blue Angels are suspended above an atrium whose floor can accommodate over 1,000 persons for meetings or banquets.
Note: All photographs were shot with an Olympus Camedia E10 digital camera and made web-ready using Adobe Photoshop 6.1 and Adobe ImageReady 3.0.


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