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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L-8 Ghost Ship

On the morning of 16 August 1942, in Treasure Island, California, Lieutenant Ernest Cody and Ensign Charles Adams set a course west for a routine anti-submarine patrol. Their aircraft was the L-8 airship, a former Goodyear blimp procured by the Navy that in April 1942 had delivered vital equipment to the carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) while she was at sea en route to launch the Doolittle Raiders. After reaching their patrol station, they radioed that they were investigating a suspicious oil slick. Hours later, residents of Daly City saw the unusual sight of the L-8 descending towards them and crashing to the ground. An investigation revealed that the control car was empty and the interior was in perfect order. To this day, the fate of the two men remains a mystery.

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