Check out the Blue Angels practice at Sherman Field on Pensacola Naval Air Station on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays from March through November.
The jets streak across the sky, moving so quickly that you see them before you hear them. Then a trailing wall of sound announces that yes, the Blue Angels are overhead.
By the time you realize this, the six jets are soaring toward the heavens, plunging dramatically, wheeling their way through jaw-dropping maneuvers, almost touching wings as they display the U.S. Navy’s mastery of the air.
These are just samples of a typical spellbinding air show by the Blues Angels, the elite flight demonstration squadron based at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
Thousands of people flock to see the Blues’ air shows at Pensacola Beach every July and at NAS Pensacola every November.
But you don’t have to wait for an official air show. You can check out their practices at Sherman Field on Pensacola Naval Air Station most Tuesdays and Wednesdays from March through November. Watch them fine-tune maneuvers, flying as low as 50 feet above the ground and as fast as 700 mph.
After practice, the Blue Angel pilots often go next door to the National Naval Aviation Museum to sign autographs and meet fans.
Just as the Blue Angels are extraordinary pilots, this is an extraordinary museum – home to more than 150 lovingly-restored aircraft, many of which performed combat and rescue missions. And admission is free!
The museum offers an exhilarating taste of life in the cockpit. A state-of-the-art MaxFlight Simulator brings air-to-air combat and stunt flying up-close and personal. On another simulator, you experience horizontal rolls, longitudinal pitches and vertical climbs.
Half a mile from the museum you can see Fort Barrancas, another storied chapter in Pensacola’s long military history. It overlooks Pensacola Bay and Fort Pickens on Pensacola Beach, making it a prize asset for U.S., Spanish and British troops.
Whether it’s historic forts or trailblazing aviation, Pensacola and the military march to the same beat.
With its huge brick battlements jutting up from white sand dunes and its labyrinth of arched tunnels, Fort Pickens is a favorite spot among history buffs, explorers and photographers.
Pensacola’s downtown is full of historic sites, but the truth is that with more than 450 years of history behind it, every step you take on its brick sidewalks or city parks is a part of our country’s earliest days and memories.
Gulf Islands National Seashore provides endless opportunity for solitude and relaxation and miles of unobstructed views and access to the Gulf.
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