Post Tagged with: "National Naval Aviation Museum"

A formation of F-14A Tomcats of Fighter Squadrons VF-51 Screaming Eagles and VF-111 Sundowners, and F-5E/F Tiger II's of the Navy Fighter Weapons School. These units represented a vital part of the U.S. Navy's participation in the 1986 feature-film "TOPGUN", providing the aerial dogfighting sequences that were a defining trademark of this movie. Note the fictitious markings on the tail of at least one of the F-14's.

A Look Back at Top Gun

By Hill Goodspeed Historian Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum Article originally written for the Sextant More than thirty years ago, stunning footage of F-14 Tomcats flashed across the silver screen and moviegoers were introduced to the high-speed operations and culture of naval aviation through the characters “Maverick,” “Goose,” “Iceman,” and “Charlie.” The release of the movie Top Gun on May[Read More…]

by May 17, 2017 1 comment Articles, Interviews
Philippine Mars back during her service days. Coulson have repainted her  in these markings for the eventual transfer to the Navy Museum. (photo via Wikipedia)

Martin Mars Deal Stymied?

In a rather controversial move, the Canadian Heritage Minister, Shelly Glover, has attempted to put a hold on the planned deal between The Coulson Group and the National Naval Aviation Museum which was supposed to see one of Coulson’s two remaining Martin JRM Mars flying boats heading from its base at Sproat Lake in British Columbia to the Pensacola, Florida museum. According to[Read More…]

Wildcat FM-2 57039, Lifted from the water, heading to Air Zoo for a full restoration

Air Zoo to Restore Lake Michigan-Retrieved FM-2 Wildcat

We’ve been following the story of General Motors-built FM-2 Wildcat BuNo 57039, that was lost to the waters of Lake Michigan almost 70 years ago, from its retrieval from the bottom of Lake Michigan late last year, to it’s appearance most recently as the “before” plane next to a restored example at the Warbirds in Review program at EAA AirVenture[Read More…]

by August 17, 2013 1 comment Warbird Restorations
Take a non-virtual visit through the world's largest naval aviation museum.
(Image Credit: National Naval Aviation Museum)

National Naval Aviation Museum Releases a New Book Documenting its Collection of Warbirds

In conjunction with the celebration of it’s 50th Anniversary, the National Naval Aviation Museum has released an all-new book. Entitled National Naval Aviation Museum Aircraft Collection, the book features all-new photography, and covers the museum’s new exhibits and new aircraft in addtion to long-standing favorites within the museum’s collection, documenting the full span of naval aviation history as displayed at[Read More…]

by August 5, 2013 2 comments Aviation Museum News
Freshly Restored F-111 Aardvark #178 "War Horse"
(Image Credit: Aviation Heritage Park)

Bowling Green Aviation Heritage Park is on the Grow

Last week, The Aviation Heritage Park of Bowling Green, Kentucky unveiled the latest warbird that they have painstakingly restored for static display at their open air venue, a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. Opened to the public in 2009, the museum is dedicated to preserving aircraft with a tie to local individuals of note, honoring all veterans and aviators in the[Read More…]

by June 23, 2013 2 comments Articles