Scott Carpenter Passes
The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation is deeply saddened at the passing of Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. Scott Carpenter had a special tie to the National Naval Aviation Museum. Over 50 years ago, as a young Navy lieutenant commander, Scott Carpenter visited NAS Pensacola shortly after completing the second orbital flight of Project Mercury. He presented his Wings of Gold to Navy Rear Admiral Magruder Tuttle, who then declared “the Naval Aviation Museum is hereby established.” Carpenter’s Wings of Gold became the first official artifact of the Naval Aviation Museum, which opened its doors to the public in June 1963. The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation expresses our condolences and salutes his service to our country. Scott Carpenter was scheduled to be our guest of honor at the Museum’s 50th Anniversary Celebration earlier this month, unfortunately this event did not take place due to the government shutdown and will be rescheduled.