Spirit of Naval Aviation"
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Museum of Naval Aviation~
The idea was conceived by Robert
R. Macon, Deputy Director of the National Museum of Naval Aviation in early
1993. Capt. Robert L. Rasmussen, USN (Ret) Director of the National Museum of
Naval Aviation designed the monument. Renowned Oklahoma sculptor Sandra Van
Zandt worked closely with museum and foundation officials to bring Rasmussen's
design to life at the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum December 6
1994 unveiling in Washington, D.C.
The monument, traditional enough
to capture the noble history of Naval Aviation, powerful enough to set a new
precedent in detail and craftsmanship and enduring enough to keep the spirit of
naval aviation alive for generations to come, salutes naval aviators and naval
aviation with five heroic-sized bronze figures that represent five significant
stages in history:
World War I *
World War II * Korea * Vietnam * Desert Storm * The Modern Era
These five works of art, funded
entirely by private donations, are so rich in artistic quality and emotional
power that they could have been wrought through this rare combination of
creative excellence, historic accuracy and firsthand experience. The monument
will be dedicated at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola,
Florida, May 1996 and will serve as the centerpiece of the museum's new
building. The National Museum of Naval Aviation is dedicated to preserving the
history, honor, tradition and service for Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard
|Secretary of Defense Sponsors World War II
Donald Rumsfeld, the youngest Secretary of
under the Ford Administration and under the Bush Administration,
sponsored the World War II Portion of the "Spirit on Naval Aviation
Monument" in the name of his father, who was stationed on an aircraft
carrier during WWII.
|"Spirit of Naval
The Monument was formally
December 6th, 1994
in Washington D.C. at the
National Air and Space Museum.
After the unveiling the Monument was taken on
a national tour which spanned 26 Air Shows and Air Space Museums over an eight
|Naval Aviation transcends both time and space, from wood and
fabric biplanes, to the frontiers of space. The Museum captures Naval
Aviation's heritage and brings its story of challenge, ingenuity; and courage
The National Museum of Naval Aviation is one of the largest and most
beautiful air and space museums in the -id. Share in the excitement of Naval
Aviations rich history. See over 130 beautifully restored aircraft representing
Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. These historic and one-of-a-kind
aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum's 291,000 square feet of exhibit
space and outside on the Museum's 37 acre grounds.
Enjoy our guided tours;
soar with the Blue Angels in the dazzling seven-story glass and steel atrium
that showcases four A-4 Skyhawks in a diving diamond formation. View them at
eye-level from the mezzanine.
he Museum also tells the human side of Naval
Aviation and features memorabilia from each era of flight including personal
mementos from historic battles, flight logs, vintage equipment, and flight
The West Wing is devoted almost exclusively to World War II
carrier aviation and showcases a full-size replica of USS Cabot's aircraft
carrier island and flight deck. Famous World War 11 aircraft such as the
Corsair, Avenger and Hellcat stand ready for take-off on the wooden flight
deck, while other magnificent birds like the Wildcat, Dauntless and Kingfisher
fly overhead. Kids of all ages love strapping into the, many cockpit trainers
for pretend test flights or trying their hands at defending the ship from
Cabot's anti-aircraft gun battery. And they can experience the thrill of flight
in our 15-passenger full-motion flight Simulator.
There's so much to see and
do you'll want to stay all day!