National Museum of Naval Aviation
National Museum of Naval Aviation © Kristianrj
The museum on site at the sprawling US Naval Air Station west of Pensacola is regarded as one of the largest and most remarkable air and space museums in the world, with more than 170 aircraft on display, dating from the 1920s to the space age. In addition, the museum boasts a very realistic recreation of a World War II aircraft carrier and a wartime Pacific airbase. Between March and November visitors might catch a practise session of the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team soaring through the skies. If not, the team can be seen in action in one of two IMAX films shown at the museum. Keen would-be aviators can have a go at doing it themselves on the flight simulator. Please note that as of 1 February 2016, all visitors to the National Naval Aviation Museum who do not possess a Department of Defense identification card will be required to enter via the West Gate located off Blue Angel Parkway.