The military and aerospace museum that sits on the base of the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida is home to the National Museum of Naval Aviation and is dedicated to showcasing the outstanding history of the naval aviation era that occurred in this country, with the museum opening in 1962. The relics and documents located there honor the efforts of the US Navy, US Marine Corps and the US Coast Guard's naval aviation history with over 150 aircraft and spacecraft. The museum exhibits four former Blue Angel A-4 Skyhawks, a K-47 Airship control gondola and tail fin, the Curtis NC-4 which was the first aircraft to go across the Atlantic biplanes, US Coast Guard helicopters, one of the planes that George H. Bush trained in, and the fantastic S-3 Viking that was used to take President G. W. Bush to the USS Abraham Lincoln in 2003. The museum houses 300,000 square feet of space to house all the historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft that can be seen inside and outside the museum. Outside space includes a 37 acre parcel of land that holds many of the 150 aircraft that are too big and difficult to move around inside. Besides the fabulous inventory of aircraft and artifacts, there is a museum store, cafe and IMAX theater. The museum also happens to be the home of the National Flight Academy, that is a six day program designed to teach 7th through the 12th grade high school students how the significance of math and science are necessary for any type of career in aerospace. If you are interested in watching the Blue Angels that are stationed here, you can come out on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and watch their training exercises for free. The collection is way too large to show here, but some of the highlights include; a Curtiss A-1 Triad, a Hiller HTE, Grumman AF Guardian, Kaman H-2 Seasprite, Martin AM Mauler, Douglass C-117 Skytrain, Curtiss Model F, Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave and many more exciting and interesting aircraft that will surely keep you and your family busy for the entire day or perhaps longer, depending on your love for the planes and the other artifacts of the museum. You can travel there by cab or bus, but the best and easiest way would be to rent a wonderful vehicle from the great folks at Enterprise that always help customers get the most out of their experiences. Enterprise has many locations in Pensacola, so you are sure to get the vehicle that you want, with all the options and more to take you where you want to go, when you want to.
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The Pensacola Museum of Art would be started in 1954 by a group of women that combined their talents and efforts into creating an art center for the city, with many members of the Ameri-can Association of University Women (AAUW) desiring a permanent place to showcase their traveling shows, provide meeting space for its members, provide art classes for folks of all ages and a forum for films, lectures and cultural presentations. Eventually all these groups would come together to create the Pensacola Art Association (PAA). In 1954, the city wanted to replace its 1906 jail with a more modern facility, so the PAA decided to transform the Spanish revival structure from being a former place of punishment and humiliation to a center of beauty and enlightenment, and was actually the best place for a new museum since it had been fireproofed, secured and was centrally located in the city's historic district. After the city let the association lease the space for a dollar a year, the board began converting the old cells into exhibit areas, and in 1982, the association became the Pensacola Museum of Art, and it would buy the building in 1988. The museum's permanent collection would begin soon after 1954, with outstanding 20th and 21st century works by such famous artists as Salvador Dali, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Alexander Calder, Kathe Kollwitz, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Hart Benton and Leonard Baskin. As the years passed, the museum would be able to provide hundreds of exhibitions and thousands of educational opportunities; eventually growing into the premier visual arts center for the city. Traveling around the city can be fun, especially when you rent a vehicle from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, who has many locations in the city, with every type of vehicle available for your traveling needs. Enterprise has the biggest deals in the region, offering their customers the best prices and services you will find in the region.