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SlickStick
10-28-2005, 09:44 AM
I just found out that I shall need to visit one of our customers in Pensacola, FL next week. They are located within driving range of the museum and I plan to attend. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I noticed they re-opened in early October after Hurricane Ivan, but is there anything else I should know before planning to attend?

I'm looking for any residents or recent visitors to Pensacola and the museum that might be able to validate that it's open for business.

Thanks in advance for any information/assistance. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

SlickStick
10-28-2005, 09:44 AM
I just found out that I shall need to visit one of our customers in Pensacola, FL next week. They are located within driving range of the museum and I plan to attend. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I noticed they re-opened in early October after Hurricane Ivan, but is there anything else I should know before planning to attend?

I'm looking for any residents or recent visitors to Pensacola and the museum that might be able to validate that it's open for business.

Thanks in advance for any information/assistance. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

CapBackassward
10-28-2005, 12:34 PM
Give'em a shout!

Naval Aviation Museum Fndtn - 7.1 miles SW - 1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, 32508 - (850) 453-2389


Rick http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

ps: I don't know what the security is like there since post 911, but the military base I work on, sometimes security can be a hassle.

allmenroder
10-28-2005, 01:42 PM
Admission is free; great IMAX on Blue Angels.

SlickStick
10-28-2005, 02:52 PM
OK, thanks for the info.http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I'll prepare accordingly for a thorough security check and call the Museum Foundation on monday before leaving.

Troll2k
10-28-2005, 03:34 PM
Take your camera and a couple of sets of extra batteries.

DxyFlyr
10-28-2005, 05:38 PM
SlickStick,

It is definately open for business.

I was there this summer. I make it by there at least once a year. You'll love it. You may want to take some change with you as the museum is free, but they are showing Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (http://www.bigmoviezone.com/filmsearch/movies/index.html?uniq=362) on the Imax screen. Don't miss it.

Also, they are restoring the Brewster that was found in Russia not too long ago. It is not on display yet, but if you take the restoration hangar tour you can see it. I missed it when I was there http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif because there is only one tour a day and I believe it starts at 11:00. You might want to verify that before you show up.

edit--- This is a different tour than the Flight line tour. I don't see it advertised on the website. Just ask about it at the desk or call them before you go.

They have an excellent Website (http://naval.aviation.museum/intro.html) by the way.

Have fun. I'd like to go one day without my boys so I can spend some time looking at aircraft and not hefting kids in and out of cockpits all day.

SlickStick
10-28-2005, 05:51 PM
Wow, thanks DxyFlyr, for taking the time to post that with the links and all. Much appreciated. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I'm not sure how much time I will have, as it is going to be quite hectic at the customer's site for the few days that I'm there, but hopefully I'll at least get to "run" through the place once. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I was hoping also that someone had visited there since it re-opened earlier this October, to update me on which exhibits may not have been repaired yet. Maybe I'll find that info at their site you posted. Thanks again.

I'll have to make sure to impresss the customer on this visit, just in case I don't get much museum time, so that my company keeps sending me back, hehe. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

DxyFlyr
10-28-2005, 05:54 PM
I think it reopened October of last year. The museum itself didn't get much damage at all. Some of the planes outside were damaged, but the building received little or none.

SlickStick
10-28-2005, 06:08 PM
Ah, I was confusing that previous Hurricane with Katrina. I had read this link and thought it referred to this past year.

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Ivan Damage Listing (http://broadcast.illuminatedtech.com/display/index.cfm?bp=134)

DxyFlyr
10-28-2005, 06:18 PM
Oh, ok. Yes, these hurricanes tend to all run together after a while.

There is no reason for the museum to have closed since I was there this summer. I don't think they had any problem at all during Katrina.

I have been wondering about the Battleship Park at Mobile, however. I noticed on some aerial photos that Katrina pushed some planes around in the yard in front of the battleship. I haven't heard any news about damage there. They have a nice B-25 in the yard and a Corsair and a Tuskegee P-51 in the hangar that looks like it probably flooded.

SlickStick
10-28-2005, 07:32 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Troll2k:
Take your camera and a couple of sets of extra batteries. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If I have enough time, I'll certainly snap a few shots for posting next week, too. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Enforcer572005
10-28-2005, 09:39 PM
the alabama has its own website, and woofie did a post on it a few pages back (i dont have the url, sorry, but should be easy to find). the damage was severe....the aircraft museum was a total loss, and most of the many aircraft inside were badly damaged. the bldings were also damaged and badly flooded, the cement causway to the ship aft was destrroyed, and the ship was moved some on its supports and now has an 8 degree list. Teh sub drum wasnt damaged, and there is little actual damage to the ala. They have some serious work to do. the web site has lots of pics.

havent been to pensecola since 90, but it was great then. can only imagine what it is now. from teh website, its incredible.

EnsignKarl1
10-28-2005, 10:25 PM
Hi,

Was in there last week. They just took the Zero down and replaced it with a Wildcat (I dont know why, but the zero was no where to be found). Other than that, all the exhibits are there.
I immediately noticed the large hangar behind the museum and the mass of airplanes parked in front of it. This is the restoration hangar and the flightline that DxyFlyr talked about. I asked and was told that they only do tours there on the weekdays, and that they must be pre-arranged. They no longer take the trolley to the flightline, it is instead a golf cart tour (basically 1-on-1 with the guide to see what you want). If you are interested in that call the museum up and arrange a time. It's a part of the working airfield so you can't even get close unless with a guide.

Enjoy

SlickStick
10-28-2005, 10:44 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by EnsignKarl1:
Hi,

Was in there last week. They just took the Zero down and replaced it with a Wildcat (I dont know why, but the zero was no where to be found). Other than that, all the exhibits are there.
I immediately noticed the large hangar behind the museum and the mass of airplanes parked in front of it. This is the restoration hangar and the flightline that DxyFlyr talked about. I asked and was told that they only do tours there on the weekdays, and that they must be pre-arranged. They no longer take the trolley to the flightline, it is instead a golf cart tour (basically 1-on-1 with the guide to see what you want). If you are interested in that call the museum up and arrange a time. It's a part of the working airfield so you can't even get close unless with a guide.

Enjoy </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Excellent info! Thanks. Ooh, I'm starting to get excited. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Browning50cal
11-13-2005, 03:02 PM
Hey Slick,
I was in P-cola in February and March for Aviation Structural Mechanic "A" School and was able to go to the Museum a couple of times. All of the previous posters have given more info than I would be able to provide.
I was fortunate enough to get my first choice of duty. I work in the airframes shop of VFA-137, an F/A-18E Squadron that flies off of the USS Abraham Lincoln. As a Sailor and a FB/PF player, I highly recommend this museum.