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National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida – Day 3

Jim says: Yesterday was the final and a 4.5-hour day at the museum.

Here’s a few photos of some things I saw…

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From the Art Gallery
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From the Art Gallery
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From the Art Gallery
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From the Art Gallery
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Tribute to Bob Hope’s 60 years of entertaining the troops.
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Loaded For Bear!

To see the other 56 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/NavalAirMuseumDay3040910#

Here’s the National Naval Aviation Museum official website link…
http://NavalAviationMuseum.org

Here’s a Wikipedia information link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Museum_of_Naval_Aviation

Here’s a Facebook link…
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pensacola-FL/National-Naval-Aviation-Museum/71553655173

On my final day I finished the first floor exhibits which included…
* The remainder of the U.S. Coast Guard,
* The Emil Buehler Naval Aviation Art Gallery,
* Modern Day Aircraft,
* Bob Hope’s 60 years of entertaining the troops, and
* I sat through two IMAX movies…The Magic of Flight and The Hubble (Telescope).
Here’s the links for the IMAX movies trailers…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMVRquMjNk8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO4ZWJlROwE

Well, three days (16.5 hours total) later I am finally done with my visit to this amazing museum. And what’s most amazing of all, IT’S FREE!…No admission charges to the Museum. IMAX films are $7.50. What a great experience!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida – Day 2

Jim says: Yesterday was another six-hour day at the museum and a most enjoyable day.

Here’s a few photos of some things I saw…

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The entrance to the National Naval Aviation Museum
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A World War I Fighter Pilot.
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In World War I, carrier pigeons were used to send messages.
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This was the first plane to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1919.
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The mascot of the Pensacola Naval Air Station.
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President George H.W. Bush took his first solo flight as an Naval Aviation Pilot Cadet in this very airplane in November, 1942.
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A Japanese World War II Fighter Plane.
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A Russian MIG 15.
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A World War II “Flying Tigers” paint job.
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A painting of a World War II Japanese Aircraft Carrier under attack.
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A painting of the legendary World War II plane of “Pappy” Boyington of the famous Black Sheep Squadron.
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A 28 cylinder aircraft engine.

To see the other 213 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/NavalAirMuseumDay2040810#

Here’s the National Naval Aviation Museum official website link…
http://NavalAviationMuseum.org

Here’s a Wikipedia information link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Museum_of_Naval_Aviation

Here’s a Facebook link…
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pensacola-FL/National-Naval-Aviation-Museum/71553655173

The first floor exhibits I saw today were…
* NC-4 Flying Boat,
* U.S. Coast Guard,
* P.O.W. Exhibit,
* World War I,
* Sunken Treasure, and
* U.S.S. Cabot Flight Deck

I got most of the first floor completed yesterday. So far, I’ve got 12 hours in the museum. I should be able to finish everything up today. I’m happy to report the crowds yesterday were 1/100th of what they were the day before yesterday. Also the children were much better behaved.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida – Day 1

Jim says: It was time to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. Since the Blue Angels were practicing at 8:30 AM, I thought I go and watch them.

Before I even got into the Naval Air Station, I was already questioning my decision.

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Several thousand people showed up to see the Blue Angels.

I figured there be some other people there, but not several thousand. Is no one working in Florida today? How come there are thousands of kids here?

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Between the number of spectators, the low altitude and speed of the Blue Angels, it was next to impossible to get a photo.

In case you do not know who the Blue Angels are…they are a precision flying aerobatic team. Here’s their official website link…
http://www.blueangels.org/
Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about the Blue Angels…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Angels

The museum opened at 9:00 AM, so I decided to forget the Blue Angels as I had seen them before and I just knew all those kids were going to end up in the museum. So I went immediately to the second floor hoping all those kids would start on the ground floor. By 9:30 AM, the museum was crazy with kids. What was I thinking? Well, as long as I was there, I might as well stick it out. It ended up being a very long six hours. It took me that long to do the second floor. I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more without all those noisy critters.

Here’s a few photos of some of the things I saw yesterday…

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A cut-away view of the intake of a jet engine.
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The Museum is huge. A large open center area with two levels along the walls of the multi-sided building. There are more than 75 full-size aircraft and more than 200 models.
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Here’s a Blue Angels poster depicting the different aircraft they’ve flown over the years.
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There’s a wonderful gallery of naval aviation art.

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Here’s another of the more than 100 paintings
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After practice, the Blue Angel pilots signed autographs…one was a female.
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This World War II aircraft had some ferocious teeth!
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A World War II recruiting sign.
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In 1961, Navy Commander Alan Shepard rode this (replica of) Mercury 1 spacecraft on a 15 minute sub-orbital flight.
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A space shuttle is docked with a space station. The vast majority of the Astronauts were first Naval Aviators.

To see the other 180 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/NavalAirMuseumMDay1040710#/a>

Here’s the National Naval Aviation Museum official website link…
http://NavalAviationMuseum.org

Here’s a Wikipedia information link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Museum_of_Naval_Aviation

Here’s a Facebook link…
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pensacola-FL/National-Naval-Aviation-Museum/71553655173

The second floor had the following exhibits…
* Home Front, USA,
* Cockpit Trainers,
* Flight Adventure Deck,
* Lighter Than Air,
* World War II Aircraft Carrier,
* Art Gallery,
* World War II South Pacific,
* Motion-Based Flight Simulator, and
* Space.

Well, I got the second floor done yesterday…so today I’m headed back to attack the ground floor. I’m hoping that since the Blue Angels are not practicing today that the only noise today will be that of other jet aircraft and not a herd of noisy kids. I guess I do not understand why parents do not keep a tighter rein on their kids. The atmosphere in the museum more resembled a playground with all the running around and screaming happening. All I know is that had my kids ( at their younger age) been there, they would not have been allowed to carry on in such a manner. It sounds like I’ve become a grumpy old man…which I don’t mind…as I’ve earned it!

Duh…it just struck me…the kids are out of school on Spring Break Week. How lucky can I be?

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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