"The Blue Angels will resume public practice demonstrations on Monday, June 27th and Tuesday, June 28th. The demonstrations begin at 11:30 AM Central Standard Time and can be viewed from the flight line behind the National Naval Aviation Museum. There will be no autograph session this week. Stay tuned to our website and social media for the latest updates."

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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RA-5C Vigilante

Originally designed as a Mach 2 all-weather bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapons, the A3J Vigilante was eventually modified into a high-speed reconnaissance aircraft after the Navy's strategic bombing mission was assumed by nuclear submarines. The resulting RA-5C Vigilante incorporated sophisticated electronic equipment in its bomb-bay that included side-looking airborne radar and passive electronic countermeasures, along with vertical, oblique and split-image cameras. Eighteen RA-5Cs were lost to enemy fire during the Vietnam War, the highest loss rate of any Navy aircraft during the war, a testament to the dangers of pre and post-strike reconnaissance missions.

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