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posted 12-21-2005 04:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My family and I decided to take a day trip to Pensacola and visit the National Naval Aviation Museum. I was wondering if anyone has been there recently and know of any spaceflight related items I should be on the lookout for? I will love seeing the aircraft in general but anything space will be icing on the cake.

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posted 12-21-2005 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't see anything on their website but perhaps I just didn't look closely enough. Still, it's a nice collection of aircraft and worth a visit.

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posted 12-21-2005 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to A Field Guide To American Spacecraft, the Skylab 1 (SL-2) command module is on display at the Naval Museum.

Gene Cernan's Ambassador of Exploration moon rock is also on display.

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posted 12-21-2005 05:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been there twice, most recently in June of this year (although I didn't see the moon rock).

Yes, they have the SL-2 command module. It's nicely displayed in that you can get right up close to the hatch and can see a good deal of the interior. They also have a display of the moon's surface consisting of an A7LB space suit with Cernan's name on it and an LRV.

There's a full-size model of a Mercury spacecraft, complete with retro pack and escape tower, and a couple of pressure suits which were similar to the Mercury spacesuits.

In the parking lot (they moved it from one part of the parking lot to another between my two visits) is a moderately-detailed Apollo boilerplate. The boilerplate isn't listed in the Field Guide. After my 2004 visit I sent an email to the museum inquiring as to its origins; I just received a generic reply stating that it was a "practice" spacecraft that hadn't actually been in space.

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Thanks everyone for the replies! I am really looking forward to the trip now. I'll take photos and post them, too.

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posted 12-26-2005 11:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I went to the National Naval Aviation Museum today, and it was a fantastic place to visit. Well worth the drive! I took some photos, although a couple came out blurry. Here are the space related ones: The gift shop had autographed copies of "The Real Space Cowboys", "Apollo 13", "Schirra's Space", and "The Last Man on the Moon." I was real tempted to pick one up, but after Christmas I had no money left to spend. Oh, well I can get them another time.

All in all a great day.

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A few pictures of the Skylab 2 command module that I snapped yesterday...

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A display case at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola containing items from the flying careers of Gene Cernan, John Young and Walt Cunningham...

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Some walk-around shots I took yesterday...

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The upcoming Salute to the Pioneers of Space event at the museum includes the unveiling of a full-scale replica of an Apollo lunar module to be displayed in Hanger Bay 1.
Bill Powers is from Digital Designs, an Arizona company that was hired to build the LEM.

"When you get here and look at it once it's all built, and it's 23 feet tall, it's not as small as you think. It is actually pretty fair sized," he said.

The focus of the museum is naval aviation, but there is a strong space component because so much of the space program was built on the experience of naval aviators. Having a LEM at the museum makes perfect sense to museum foundation managers.

"Many of us were too young to actually see it happen on TV, but we've seen it in history books and now we'll be able to see 100 percent replica here. It's going to be very exciting," said Shelley Ragsdale with the museum foundation.


Credit: Pensacola News Journal/Tony Giberson

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Here's a look at the replica lunar module, as on display during its debut at the National Naval Aviation Museum (photo courtesy OMEGA):

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