THE NAVAL AIR STATION

The Naval Air Station is more than a museum. It is a national treasure right here in Pensacola.  It is enjoyable to walk the buildings and grounds and hear Navy veterans proudly telling their kids and grandkids about what they did with some similar objects as those on display.  The main building displays military equipment and historical artifacts from the war years.
 

 There are many more aircraft displayed outside.













There is a great display of what the homefront was like around WWII.

There is a Civil Defense helmet hanging on the door.  The white round object is a refrigerator. 
The round object on top is the motor.  By placing it on the top heat rises and doesn't warm the actual refrigerator.




A 1940s era radio

Note the elaborate ash tray.  Smoking was widespread and radio programs were often sponsored by tobacco companies. 
They sometimes claimed doctors supported their products.  "Sore throat?  Switch to a menthol!" you were advised.

Even after television became widely available in the 1950s many of us stayed with what is called The Golden Age Of Radio.
Everyone has seen TV reruns of the Andy Griffith show and many have seen the program Gunsmoke.  In the radio version,
Dodge City sidekick Chester was  played by the same man who was Mayberry's Mayor Stoner.  Radio Gunsmoke featured
a Dr. Adams who later starred as Mayberry's Floyd The Barber.  Many TV and movie stars got their starts on radio.



Before supermarkets grocery stores looked like this.  The clerk used an object to get cans from top
shelves.  In baseball, an easy pop-up became known as a "can of corn."  Many towns had butcher shops.


THE REAL STARS OF THE NAVAL AIR STATION ARE THE VETERANS (ESPECIALLY THOSE OF THE "GREATEST
 GENERATION' WHO VISIT AND THE DARING YOUNG MEN AND THEIR FLYING MACHINES—THE BLUE ANGELS!
I'M PROUD TO HAVE TAKEN THESE PHOTOS OF OUR COURAGEOUS BLUE ANGELS IN ACTION.

























































































The area has other naval attractions.

The carrier Oriskany was towed out to sea and sunk  as an artificial reef and diving destination!

About 50 miles west in Mobile you will find the battleship Alabama and other military objects available for tours.