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Best of day 22: Pensacola and the Blue Angels

We had more tailwinds today flying from Baton Rouge to Pensacola. We plan our flights using a very conservative 70 knots ground speed and we were in the 90 to 100 range for the whole flight. This changed a 3 hours flight into a 2 hours 20 minutes one. Weather was not optimal but manageable.

We met with our lead supporter there at the airport and he took us to the Naval Aviation Museum, on the Naval Air Station. The museum covers naval aviation from its very beginning to today. It is full of aircraft, helicopters and unlike many museums, touching them is encouraged. It is even possible to climb in many cockpits. This is a treasure cave for kids and big kids.

Naval Aviation Museum

As many military museums, this one contains some extraordinary pieces. There is a space capsule on display. Not a replica, a real one that flown in space. Pensacola is also the base of the Blue Angels. The whole city supports the Blues and the museum has a static display of the formation.

Blue Angles in formation

There is also an IMAX cinema theater in the museum showing a movie about history of flight from the Wright brothers to the Blue Angels. Seeing these jets taking off and climbing aggressively and flying in close formation on the giant IMAX screen is a breathtaking experience. There is also a scene of Jet Assisted Take-Off (JATO). The rockets look small and innocent but when they fire up the aircraft is literally skyrocketing.

Last but not least, there is no admission fee at the Naval Aviation Museum (except for the IMAX theater).

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