John Towers Statue (Centennial Square)
As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of NAS Pensacola, this statue of Admiral John H. Towers, Naval Aviator No. 3, was dedicated in Centennial Square. Lieutenant Towers arrived in Pensacola on 20 January 1914 to establish the Navy's first flying school, and days later made th emaiden flight from what would become NAS Pensacola. From 1928 to 1947, he was the earliest designated Naval Aviator still serving on active duty, his campaign to make air power a central component of U.S. Navy operations reaching fruition during World War II and enduring to this day.