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. Click here for directions.

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40mm Bofors Gun (West Wing)

In the great battles of World War II, the crews of U.S. Navy carriers not only launched airplanes to inflict damage upon the enemy, they had to be ready and able to defend their ship against enemy air attack. A primary weapon in fleet air defense on carriers and other ships was the 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun, a twin-mount displayed here. The 40mm Bofors proved highly effective, particularly with the advent of Japanese kamikazes in 1944-45. In fact, between 1 October 1944 and 1 February 1945, half of all aircraft shot down by Navy surface ships were attributed to this weapon.

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