|Airplanes to the left, to the right, even over your head!|
There were 2 floors of exhibits and displays: the history of naval aviation and the base, displays on famous naval aviators, even the role of navy aviation on world events. Also included, for free, was a 45 minute trolley ride around the tarmac with a guide explaining all the aircraft. I don't know much about airplanes but I really enjoyed all the historical displays. I even caught the end of a retirement ceremony for a sailor retiring after 20 years active duty. So I won't try to explain all the planes I took pictures of since I'm not sure I can. But if someone like me who doesn't know much about planes can be enthralled here for 4 hours imagine what it's like for someone who is a plane nut? If you ever get in the area you really should visit. And if the budget doesn't get cut (current events don't look good for that) the Blue Angles will begin practicing here in a couple of weeks and, you guessed it, a seat to watch is FREE!
|One of the first boats delivered to the Navy. Had to empty |
water out of the floats every time you landed on
|Gondola for early "air ship"|
|Firefighters were practicing on the tarmac while we|
toured. Look closely and you'll see
the burned dummy.
|Kermit is a large cargo helicopter|
|The top floor exhibits circle the bottom floor which means |
you begin at the balloon exhibits and come all
the way around to the space race.
Really interesting walk.
|No, not a UFO. Early radar/weather plane.|
|A trainer plane pulled out of Lake Michigan.|
|This was a very informative exhibit about using|
Lake Michigan for carrier qualifications
during World War II.
|I certainly recognized these in the Vietnam POW |