Today was a great experience visiting the Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum. The building was filled top to bottom with beautifully restored airplanes. We took the first guided tour of the morning by a retired helicopter pilot. After the tour we lunched in their Cubi Bar Cafe before watching the IMAX movie of the "Magic of Flight".
Larry enjoyed sitting in the cockpits and trainers, and we both went on a "mission" in the TOP GUN simulator. The displays were very well presented with so much information.
If you want more information you can click on Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum. Aircraft Restoration ToursBehind the pristine aircraft on display in the National Naval Aviation Museum are the thousands of hours of work that occur each year in the Museum's Aircraft Maintenance and Restoration Facility located behind the main building. Projects include multi-year restorations of warbirds recovered from beneath the surface of Lake Michigan to all aspects of maintenance on aircraft displayed by the Museum.
The mission of the National Naval Aviation Museum, an official Department of the Navy museum, is to “select, collect, preserve and display historic artifacts relating to the history of Naval Aviation.”
At the core of the Museum’s collections are more than 700 aircraft — most of which are on display at other museums, with approximately 150 located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Though the aircraft are the largest of the Museum relics, they are just one dimension of the collection. More than 4,000 uniforms, flight gear, weaponry, medals and decorations add a personal touch to the story of Naval Aviation.
On the way back to the resort we took the southern route back going along coast. The beaches of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are so beautiful with their white sand and aqua water. It is a popular area with many hotels and condos.
We stopped briefly to check out a cute tourist shop to see if we could buy a Tshirt or something to commemorate the trip. And also along the way we saw Lambert's Cafe who is famous for "throwed rolls" where the waiters throw the dinner rolls to you over the crowd.