Naval Aviation Pilots (Silver Eagles) (Mezzanine)
The story of Naval Aviation's enlisted pilots, the last of whom retired from active duty in 1981, is one of widespread accomplishment. Designated Naval Aviation Pilots (NAP) when they received their wings, the select group of Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen included three Medal of Honor recipients and many others of notable accomplishments. At the entrance of this display, an NAP checks the daily schedule before training. Enlisted aviation pilots were critical to the war effort during World War II, providing the personnel needed to defeat Axis forces.