A-6E Intruders of Attack Squadron (VA) 128 pictured during a training mission while flying out of Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, California, #OTD in 1988.
The current rate of Aircrew Survival Equipmentman has its origins in the Parachute Rigger rating, which was established #OTD in 1942. Many a naval aviator owes his life to the skill and professionalism of these sailors.
A series of photographs taken #OTD in 1947 shows an F4U-4 Corsair flown by Ensign Robert T. Smith of Fighter Squadron (VF) 82 having to make an unorthodox recovery on board the carrier Randolph (CV 15) when the oil line failed on the airplane.
#OTD in 1955, Douglas test pilot R.O. Rahn flew an F4D-1 Skyray to an altitude of 10,000 feet in a time of 56 seconds, the fourth unofficial time-to-climb record set by a Navy carrier fighter in less than a month. In this image, F4D-1s of Fighter Squadron (VF) 141 climb skyward over Hawaii in 1957.
Grumman's first feline fighter, the F4F Wildcat, is the subject of this editon of #WarbirdWednesday.
An F/A-18 Hornet in silhouette #OTD in 1992.
The original Boba Fett himself, actor Jeremy Bulloch, who portrayed the character in the Star Wars franchise visited the Museum today. Thank you Pensacon for arranging the visit!
#MemorabiliaMonday showcases a rare Congressional Gold Medal awarded for participation in the historic NC-4 Transatlantic Flight which occurred in May 1919.
Home Front U.S.A. is an exhibit devoted to life on the home front during World War II and takes visitors back to a world defined by rationing and war bond drives. Neon signs glow with the names of Pensacola establishments of the era, re-creations of a wartime household and general store immerse visitors in day-to-day life during the early '40s.
#OTD in 1955 the first of two directives was issued by the Bureau of Aeronautics that ushered in the Light Gull Gray over Insignia White paint schemes for Navy carrier based aircraft, eliminating an evaluation of unpainted fighters as well as the familiar Glossy Sea Blue paint scheme that dated from World War II.
Hey U.S. Navy Blue Angels fans--Help us congratulate HM2(AW/SW) Clarence Presley for his selection as the Junior Blue Angel of the quarter and AZ1(AW) Zoltan Prestridge for his selection as Blue Angel of the Quarter!
#WarbirdWednesday focuses on a trainer that served naval aviation for over three decades- the venerable T-28 Trojan. #flynavy #iconic #navalaviation
The story of an Enterprise (CV 6) sailor's writings to his future wife is a fitting tale today. Happy Valentine's Day!

Enterprise Sailor Tells a Love Story - National Naval Aviation Museum

Marine Captain Francis T. Evans performed naval aviation's first loop in an N-9 seaplane over NAS Pensacola #OTD in 1917, exactly 100 years ago.

Looping the Loop - National Naval Aviation Museum

Don't miss our free daily guided tours. Learn about Naval Aviation first hand from retired military volunteers who have lived the history! Tour groups meet at the Information Desk at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Once again this year, the Collections Department will be presenting at Pensacon! On February 18th at 4:00pm in the Grand Hotel Ballroom, come hear how Science Fiction became a reality in Naval Aviation!

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#WarbirdWednesday brings you the museum's F-14 Tomcat, which 11 years ago this month flew the last combat mission of the venerable aircraft during operations over Iraq.
The escort carrier Suwannee (CVE 27) pictured at anchor at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands in an image taken from the heavy cruiser Baltimore (CA 68) #OTD in 1944.
Week one of our Breakfast & a Movie Series was a huge hit! Check out the nearly 250 visitors at the museum this morning. Join us next week for "Aircraft Carrier." The film focuses on the world of naval power and the astounding activity and air operations aboard a giant Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The film presents the true scale, and drama of carrier and fleet naval operations to giant...
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On Tuesday, Feb. 7 our MaxFlight 360 Simulators will be temporarily closed. New solid-state onboard computer processors and high-resolution digital panels will be installed.