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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Freedom 7 Replica

The Museum's exhibit devoted to Naval Aviation's contributions to the space program includes a replica of a Mercury space capsule of the type in which Naval Aviator Alan B. Shepard became the first American in space on 5 May 1961. The Mercury spacecraft, Freedom 7, was launched to an altitude of 116.5 nautical miles, a flight lasting 14.8 minutes. A bust of Shepard, who later walked on the moon as commander of Apollo 14 in 1971, is displayed next to the capsule mock-up.

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