Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida is the Birthplace of Naval Aviation. The air station was built in 1913 and is still in use today. It is home to the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team Blue Angels, the Naval Aviation Museum, the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI), and Training Air Wing SIX.

Training Air Wing Six consists of three Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training squadrons: VT-4 Warbucks, VT-10 Wildcats and VT-86 Sabrehawks. The training aircraft stationed at Sherman Field (the name of the airfield on the base) consist of the T-6A Texan II and T-45C Goshawk jet.

View of the shoreline at the Pensacola Navy Yard

View of the shoreline at the Pensacola Navy Yard (designated Naval Aeronautical Station in November 1914). Visible flying along the shoreline is a Curtiss AH Airplane. Photo by Naval Aviation Museum.

The creation of the Blue Angels, whose members flew their first air show at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida, in 1946, marked the first official Navy demonstration team. However, during the decades preceding the launching of the Blues, informal “stunt teams” were a hallmark of naval aviation, particularly during the 1920s and 1930s, the Golden Age of Aviation.

With a number of lieutenants fresh from the fleet assigned to NAS Pensacola as instructors, it is not surprising that some of them took to the air on other than training flights. One trio nicknamed themselves the “Three T’Gallants’ls” and flew F2B fighters used as advanced trainers at Pensacola in informal air shows around the region.” – Naval Aviation Museum

tent hangars erected along the beach at Naval Aeronautic Station Pensacola