Blue Angels Air Show

Trip Start May 01, 2013
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Blue Angels Air Show

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Day 357 - April 23rd.  It just so happened that on the day we planned to be in Pensacola, the Blue Angels were doing a practice run of their show and it was free and open to the public.  After the 45 minute thrill (even tho we have seen them twice in Beaufort) of seeing them so close, we headed to the museum where the pilots were signing autographs and taking photos. There had to be over 100 aircraft in that museum, some hanging from the ceilings, others on the floor and still more were outside on the field.  And, there was a second hangar with more aircraft including helicopters, part of one of the space craft, the Presidential Helicopter of the Nixon years, Coast Guard, and the list goes on!  It was a bit overwhelming.  Definitely a guys place to spend several hours.

Enjoy the Blue Angels...

Day 358 - Fort Pickens State Park.  This was another surprise for us.  We had decided to go to the beach for awhile, but came across signs for Fort Pickens at the end of the peninsula, so we drove all the way to the end.  What we found was this huge fort, still enact except for one corner. We took a self guided tour and probably spent over an hour and a half walking through all the sections of the fort on the lower level and on the upper level.

Fort Pickens is the largest o four forts built to decent Pensacola Bay and its navy yard. The fort was named for Revolutionary War hero General Andrew Pickens (from South Carolina).  (Nick insisted it was named for Slim Pickens). Major William Henry Chase (from Massachusetts), US Army Corps of Engineers, supervised the project.  The fort was begun in 1829 and completed in 1834.  It was used until 1947 when airplanes, missiles and bombs made harbor forts obsolete.  The fort consists of over 21.5 million bricks which were made locally and barged to the site.

The only real action the fort endured occurred when the country was at war with itself.  Fort Pickens was one of four seacoast forts in the South that remained in Union control during the Civil War.  In 1861, Union forces at FP faced Confederates holding the mainland.  The two forces came to blows in October and November of 1861.

There is a "fort within a fort" called Batter Pensacola.  This section was placed on the parade ground in the middle of the fort (built in 1898) and was built to keep up with changes in weapon technology and to protect the coastline from foreign invasion.

Geronimo was held here for a period of time 

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Avery on

My son-in-law did his flight training at the Pensacola Naval Air station...spent lots of time there.....museum etc. impressive. Last week Mark-now at the Pentagon-made it from Commander to Captain. Very proud of him.! Mibs Waterhouse' son flew with the Blue Anglels...now a pilot for Jet Blue. Looks like you are almost home. WOW...quite a year!!!!

Pamela on

How does it feel to be approaching the East Coast again? Hopefully its a good thing! We can't wait to see you :)

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