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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HU-16 Albatross

The last in a line of successful amphibians produced for the Navy by Grumman, the HU-16 Albatross' inherent ruggedness enabled it to operate from many harsh environments, which included the Antarctic, Greenland and Alaska. As a testament to its capabilities, Coast Guard and Navy pilots established seven world-class speed and altitude records with payload in the Albatross during August-September 1962. The type equipped Air Force air rescue squadrons in both Korea and Vietnam, and the Coast Guard employed them in the lifesaving role as well as in fishery and pollution surveillance. The Museum's aircraft was one of the last to serve with the Coast Guard.

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