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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RQ-8A Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman's RQ-8A Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), derived from the Schweizer 300SP helicopter, served as the basis for the enhanced MQ-8B, which has greater performance, the ability to autonomously take off and land on Navy warships, and the ability to carry an array of detection equipment and armament. The UAV is capable of providing UHF/VHF voice communications relay and has a baseline payload that includes electro-optical/infrared sensors and a laser designator that enables the system to find, track and designate targets, accurately provide data to strike platforms and perform battle damage assessment.

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