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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H-2 Seasprite

First flown in July 1959 and delivered to fleet squadrons beginning in 1962, the H-2 Seasprite provided the Navy with an all-weather helicopter capable of performing a variety of missions. First assigned to aircraft carriers to perform plane guard duties, the intensification of the air war in Vietnam pressed the Seasprite into service flying combat search and rescue missions. During one such mission on 19 June 1968, Lieutenant Junior Grade Clyde E. Lassen and his crew performed a daring night rescue of two downed aviators under fire for which he received the Medal of Honor. In 1970, the Navy adopted a further variant of the Seasprite to meet the interim requirement for the Light Airborne Multi-purpose System (LAMPS), which provided over-the-horizon search and strike capability for anti-submarine destroyers.

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