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Blue Angels perform a maneuver called the 'Fan,' in which the aircraft maintain just 12 to 18 inches of separation.

 

Pensacola — Blue Angels, National Museum of Naval Aviation

The Pensacola Naval Air Station is home two of the areas most dynamic and popular attractions — the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Blue Angels aerobatic flight team, and the fabulous National Museum of Naval Aviation.

 

The West Wing of the National Museum of Naval Aviation is devoted to World War II flight and showcases a full-size replica of USS Cabot's aircraft carrier island and flight deck. Photographs: Blue Angels Public Affairs Office; National Museum of Naval Aviation.

National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd.
Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida 32508
(850) 452-3604 or (850) 452-3606
Web site: www.naval-air.org
e-mail: naval.museum@smtp.cnet.navy.mil

With 291,000 square-feet of museum space on 37 acres, this is one of the world's largest aviation museums. Over 140 aircraft, from fabric-and-wood biplanes to modern jets are on display. See an exact, full size replica of a WW II light aircraft carrier. A 15-passenger, full motion flight simulator lets you experience the thrill of flying, and breathtaking IMAX® films, including The Magic of Flight, are projected onto a seven-story high screen. Open 9 AM to 5 PM daily. The best part: the museum admission is free.
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U.S. Navy & Marines Blue Angels (viewing area)
1750 Radford Blvd.
Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida 32508
Web site: www.navy.com - blue angels schedule

Established in 1946, just after World War II, the Blue Angels also are based at Pensacola. The squadron consists of 16 of the Navy and Marine Corps' best officers and pilots and a ground crew of 110 specialists. When not performing death defying stunts at hundreds of miles per hour in national air shows, the pilots regularly practice maneuvers in their McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets over the Gulf Coast, including Pleasure Island. These sessions can be viewed from the National Museum of Naval Aviation grounds at the Pensacola base. On select days, the team holds an autograph session afterwards.

Pensacola
from Perdido Key,
Orange Beach,
Gulf Shores

Pensacola Naval Air Station is about a 30-minute drive from the island, but allow 45 for traffic.

Travel east on Alabama 182 (Perdido Beach Blvd.)

Cross the Alabama-Florida state line, continue on Florida 292 for 5 miles. 

Cross Perdido Key Bridge, turn right at first light onto Gulf Beach Highway (292A)

Continue 4 miles
to next light 

Turn right onto
Blue Angel Parkway 

Continue and enter
back (west) gate of
the Pensacola N.A.S. 

Continue 3 miles.
Museum will be on left

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