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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R5C (C-46) Commando

The Curtiss C-46 Commando holds the distinction of being the largest and heaviest twin-engine aircraft to see operational service in the Pacific Theater. The C-46 proved to be a more powerful aircraft than its C-47 counterpart, possessing a greater load carrying capacity and better performance at high altitude. Marine Corps Commandos, designated R5Cs, were used as cargo and troop transports.

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