- Published on Thursday, 17 October 2013 11:35
WWII Remembrance and Presentation of F6-F Hellcat
10 a.m., Friday, December 6, 2013
The National Naval Aviation Museum will honor the World War II generation at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 6 in the Blue Angels Atrium. Pearl Harbor survivors and other veterans of WWII will be in attendance. Master of Ceremonies will be local radio host, Rob Williams, from News Radio 1620. Admission to the Museum and the WWII Remembrance event are FREE and open to the public.
Featured speaker, Retired Marine Lt General Duane Thiessen, will present the Museum’s newly restored WWII F6F-3 Hellcat as part of the WWII Remembrance event. This combat veteran aircraft went to war with its assignment to the Fighting Squadron (VF) 38 in July 1943. Based in the Solomon Islands, the squadron completed three combat tours between September 1943 and March 1944, during which time its pilots conducted numerous damaging strafing runs against enemy personnel, shipping, vehicles, airfields, and antiaircraft positions. In air-to-air combat, the ultimate test for a fighter squadron, VF-38 was credited with shooting down 22 Japanese airplanes.
Recovery and restoration of this aircraft was funded by the Taylor family of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Company founder Jack C. Taylor, a former Naval Aviator, will be in attendance. He served aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CV-6) flying F6F Hellcats during World War II. In 1957, he founded what was to become Enterprise Rent-A-Car, naming it for the famous ship.
- Published on Thursday, 17 October 2013 11:20
"The Light Before Christmas" on the IMAX® Giant Screen
Now Showing Daily at Noon until January 2.
Get you family in the Holiday spirit with "The Light Before Christmas" film starting November 29th on the National Naval Aviation Museum's IMAX Giant Screen. This stunning stop-motion animated film fills the screen with detailed sets and characters inspired by the designs of renowned artist James C. Christensen. “The Light Before Christmas” is the delightful tale of young two young children who lose their way in a Christmas Eve blizzard only to be rescued by the Candleman who imparts wisdom, hot chocolate, a warm cottage and stories. Catch this beautiful family-friendly film on the IMAX Giant Screen airing daily at noon until Jan. 2.
- Published on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 15:07
Saturday, June 22ndA new exhibit created on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the National Naval Aviation Museum is a veritable scrapbook telling our story.
Golden anniversaries only come around once, and in this case of the National Naval Aviation Museum, this year marks that momentous milestone. While the museum was established with it's mission outlined by the authority of the Secretary of the Navy in 1962, not until June 8, 1963, did it open it's doors to the public for the first time. That fifty year story is told in a new exhibit that has opened on the museum Quarterdeck.
The opening of this exhibit is part of a year-long celebration of our 50th birthday. On June 22nd, it will Kick-Off complete with gift giveaways and the cutting of a birthday cake.
Schedule of Events10:15 a.m.
50th Anniversary Exhibit opens in the Quarterdeck
Discovery Saturday presentation "S-3 Viking" in Hangar Bay One
Cubi Bar Cafe features a 50th birthday lunch special that includes a piece of 50th birthday cake
FREE admission to the "Magic of Flight" on the IMAX® Giant Screen
- Published on Friday, 12 April 2013 14:27
Unfortunately, due to the goverment shutdown, the 50th anniversary events and activities scheduled for Oct. 4 and 5 at the National Naval Aviation Museum are postponed to a date yet to be determined.
If you were attending the 50th anniversary gala on Saturday night, Oct. 5, we can apply your tickets to the rescheduled event. Any tickets purchased for the Gala can also be considered a full tax deductible contribution to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation or refunded. For further information please contact
October 5th, 2013
50 years ago on June 8, 1963, the Naval Aviation Museum (now National Naval Aviation Museum) opened its doors in a renovated wood frame building constructed during World War II. With only 8,500 square feet of space, the Museum displayed five aircraft which were rotated periodically with others in storage aboard NAS Pensacola. Since that day, the Museum has been through several phases of expansion, bringing the total display area to nearly 350,000 square feet with more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation.
50th Anniversary Events
Friday, October 4th
- 9:00 a.m.: Museum opens. First fifty (50) entrants receive a free souvenir Museum Commemorative Coin (one per family).
- 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Enjoy Naval Aviation in Art by nationally known artists in the Museum's Quarterdeck (main entrance) area.
- 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: A walk through Naval Aviation history; tour guides detail signal eras in Naval Aviation (8 stations).
- All Day: See a static display of the latest in aerospace technology, Northrop-Grumman’s X-47B unmanned aircraft.
Saturday, October 5th
- 10:00 a.m.: Museum opens. First fifty (50) entrants receive free souvenir Museum Commemorative Coin (one per family).
- 10:30 am to 4:00 p.m.: Enjoy a show featuring a fleet of one of America’s most famous and popular autos, the Ford Mustang, as it approaches its 50th anniversary in 2014.
- 10:30 am to 4:30 pm: A walk through Naval Aviation history; tour guides detail signal eras in Naval Aviation (8 stations).
- 11:00 a.m.: Free showing of the Blue Angels in action, The Magic of Flight, in vivid IMAX.
- 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: See a static display of the latest in aerospace technology, Northrop Grumman’s X-47B unmanned aircraft.
- 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Dedication ceremony of our latest aircraft restoration, a rare combat veteran F6F-3 Hellcat, Bureau Number 25910, which fought over the Solomon Islands. The recovery and restoration has been funded by the Jack Taylor family of Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
- 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.: A black-tie celebration will be held on the Museum's USS Cabot (CVL-28) flight deck, featuring New Orleans' Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra and the unveiling of a new Museum exhibit. Reservations are required. Ticket price is $125 per person.
Four Star ($5,000+)
Three Star ($2,500+)
Two Star ($1,000+)
- Published on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 09:07
Tuesday, Febuary 11th, at 7 p.m..
Tickets also available by calling 850-453-2389 or at the door the night of the concert.
Tickets Available At:
Cubi Cocktail Hour from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Special Menu and Cash Bar
* Contact the Foundation at 850-453-2389 for specially priced Member, Group and Preferred Seating tickets.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 08:58
Lunar Excursion Module Unveiling
OMEGA Watches, Transition Tent and Fender Custom Guitar
- Published on Friday, 11 January 2013 08:48
Snowbird Fly-In DayWe invite winter visitors to "Fly-In" for a day of special discounts, tours and more fun activites at the National Naval Aviation Musuem.
Tuesday January 21, 9 a.m. at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
Free Admission to the stunning Rocky Mountain Express at 10 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building the nation’s first transcontinental railway. The completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in the Rockies in 1885 ranks among the greatest engineering feats in history.Retracing the original route aboard the majestic steam engine 2816, the audience is transported back to the age of steam to re-live this alpine nation-building odyssey. The film weaves together spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, breathtaking vistas of the west, archival images and maps and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive to immerse audiences in a an era of remarkable ingenuity and struggle and a region of stunning natural beauty.View the Trailer for Rocky Mountain Express
Spend $25 at the Flight Deck Museum Store and receive a FREE Gift
No matter how you shop at the Flight Deck Museum Store, you will find unique items and gear that you won't find anywhere else. Most of our clothing is designed and manufactured exclusively for us, and all of our gear is inspired by the aviators and crew that serve our great country. Whether you are shopping for yourself or buying a gift for a loved one, you are sure to find something to express that passion for aviation.
Any visitor who makes a purchase of $25 on Febuary 29 in store will receive a FREE gift from the Flight Deck Museum Store.
Visit the Flight Deck Museum Store site to get your shopping list ready
Buy One Dessert, Get One Free at the Cubi Bar Cafe
Opened in 1996, the Cubi Bar Café is not only a restaurant, but a popular Museum exhibit! The Cafe's decor and layout duplicates the bar area of the famous Cubi Point Officers' Club that was a major source of enjoyment for Navy and Marine Corps squadrons, ships and units as they passed into the Western Pacific.
The Cubi Bar Café is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and serves soups, salads, deli sandwiches and desserts. Breads are baked fresh daily. January 29th purchase one dessert item at regular price and receive one of equal or less value for free.
Pinpoint Your Home on the Giant Map of the United States and Canada
Special Snowbird Fly-In Photobooth
Pinpoint your home on the giant map of the United States and Canda and show everyone your hometown!
Get your photo taken by yourself, with your family, or with a group in front of our special Blue Angels backdrop. Photo's will be uploaded to the National Naval Aviation Museum's Facebook page, to download, print, or share with your friends and family.
Breakfast and a Movie
Watch a classic film on the IMAX® Giant Screen while enjoying a light breakfast and coffee served in a take-home souvenir travel mug.
Movies start at 9 a.m. and doors open at 8:00 a.m. for the first 500 visitors. Admission is $8.00 per visitor.
January 28 - To Fly
February 4 - Hubble
February 11 - Straight up Helicopters in Action
Febuary 18 - Rocky Mountain Express
February 25 - To Fly
To Fly (showing January 28 & February 25)
A brief summary of the history of flight, from 19th century balloons through 21st century space probes. The evolution of flying technology is portrayed in parallel with the story of the westward exploration of America and the rural-to-cosmopolitan transformation of American society.
Hubble (showing February 4)
In May 2009, the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched a mission to make vital repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Space Telescope, the world’s first space-based optical telescope. An IMAXÒ camera captured stunning footage of the five intricate spacewalks required, as well as close-up images of the effort to grasp the orbiting telescope with the shuttle’s mechanical arm at 17,000 MPH – and an unexpected problem that could sabotage the entire mission. Hubble combines this breathtaking material with images taken during the 20 years it has been our window into space. Through advanced computer visualization, Hubble’s detailed data becomes a series of scientifically realistic flights that unfold on screen like a guided tour of the universe, through time and space.
Straight Up Helicopters In Action (showing February 11)
Straight Up! Helicopters In Action features more than a dozen helicopters in a series of pulse-pounding adventures that demonstrate the many roles these powerful aircraft play in our lives. Fly along with skilled helicopter crews as they carry out mountain and sea rescues, apprehend drug smugglers, repair high voltage electrical lines, save endangered animals, deliver humanitarian aid and undertake a reconnaissance mission. You'll even learn a bit of how helicopters are flown. Narrated by Martin Sheen.
Rocky Mountain Express (showing February 18)
Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building the nation’s first transcontinental railway. The completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in the Rockies in 1885 ranks among the greatest engineering feats in history.Retracing the original route aboard the majestic steam engine 2816, the audience is transported back to the age of steam to re-live this alpine nation-building odyssey. The film weaves together spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, breathtaking vistas of the west, archival images and maps and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive to immerse audiences in a an era of remarkable ingenuity and struggle and a region of stunning natural beauty.
- Published on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:25
An Empire and Honor book release reception and book signing with best-selling author, W.E.B. Griffin to benefit the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation will be held Thursday, January 3, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at McGuire’s Irish Pub. Copies of the newly published books will be available for sale at the book release reception. Donations to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation are encouraged.
Tickets are also available to attend a special Naval Aviation Museum Foundation benefit dinner with author, W.E.B. Griffin, following the reception at 7:30 p.m. in McGuire’s Grand Hall. Cost is $500 per person and limited to 20 people.
Please R.S.V.P. to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation 850.453.2389 ext. 3253
- Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 10:35
We Want You!
World War II Remembrance at the National Naval Aviation Museum
The National Naval Aviation Museum will honor the World War II generation on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 7 in the Blue Angels Atrium. The featured speakers will be WWII veteran and former marine Sid Phillips, star of HBO’s The Pacific, and his sister Katharine Phillips Singer, featured in Ken Burn’s The War. A book signing of Sid Phillip’s book You'll Be Sor-ree! will follow the event.
We want you!
Attendees are invited to a special tour of the World War II exhibit following the program. Admission to the Museum and the WWII Remembrance is FREE and open to the public.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 13:37
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