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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T-2 Buckeye

After the introduction of jet aircraft into Naval Aviation, the platforms first employed in the training of jet pilots were types retired from front-line service in the fleet and training versions of fleet aircraft, among them the F9F-8T Cougar and TV Shooting Star. In 1956, Rockwell International Corporation began design work to meet the Navy's requirement for an all-purpose jet trainer for intermediate and advanced training. The result was the T-2 Buckeye, a tandem-cockpit aircraft that drew from proven, existing technologies, its wings derived from the FJ-1 Fury and its control system in line with that of the propeller-driven T-28 Trojan training aircraft. As a multipurpose jet training, the T-2 incorporated under-wing hard points for weapons training and arresting gear for carrier qualification. The final carrier qualification flights made by T-2s occurred in 2003, and the aircraft has been replaced in the Naval Air Training Command by the T-45 Goshawk.

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