NAS Pensacola WelcomesTouring Taylor May 6-10, 2013
Touring Taylor Arrives at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. Touring Taylor arrived in Beautiful Pensacola on May 6. His tour guides were Sandra Porras and Dianna Hayden, 2 school teachers in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in Florida that work for a special fieldtrip program called Flight Adventure Deck at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
Touring Taylor in Flight Adventure Deck The first few days of his stay, the teachers were very busy taking students through their program at the museum. So, Taylor was able to see many of the hands-on mathematics and science of flight devices that middle-schoolers in our area use when they come on field trips to the Flight Adventure Deck.
Touring Taylor in Flight Adventure Deck Taylor stepped on the Space Scale to learn about gravity on other planets; however, he didn’t weigh enough to measure! He decided to try his luck at the frictionless air track to study Newton’s Laws. Look at that Action Reaction!
Touring Taylor in Flight Adventure Deck Taylor also learned about the relationship between altitude and air pressure, and did some experiments with buoyancy and aerostatics!
Touring Taylor in the National Naval Aviation Museum On Thursday, Taylor was able to explore the other parts of the museum. He started in the Blue Angel Atrium where 4 former A-4 Skyhawks hang in honor of the legendary flight team. Then Taylor looked over the railing into the World War II exhibit.
Touring Taylor in the National Naval Aviation Museum Soon, Taylor got hungry and he found some penny candy and some animal crackers in the museum’s Home Front exhibit that recreates life in a small town in the 1940s. He also learned that gas was pumped then much differently than it is today.
Touring Taylor in the National Naval Aviation Museum Taylor learned that Neil Armstrong was once a Naval Aviator, that the Triad was the first Naval Aircraft, and that the NC-4 was the first flying machine to cross the Atlantic (with a few stops on the water).
Touring Taylor in the National Naval Aviation Museum Taylor took a look at a moon rock, tried to take a ride on the Jenny (but it wasn’t quite ready for flight), and took a look into the helicopter that transported several presidents: Marine One.
Touring Taylor in Hangar Bay One Taylor stopped by the newest section of the National Naval Aviation Museum, and found a real F/A-18 Hornet previously used by the Blue Angels.
Touring Taylor finds the National Flight Academy Touring Taylor loved the National Naval Aviation Museum so much, he decided to look for other adventures. Soon, he was standing in front of the brand new National Flight Academy which is a fully immersive camp experience which simulates life aboard an aircraft carrier.
Touring Taylor onboard NAS Pensacola After leaving the National Flight Academy, Taylor stumbled upon Forrest Sherman Field which is home to the Blue Angels. Across the street, Taylor found Pensacola’s Historic Lighthouse.
Touring Taylor onboard NAS Pensacola Next he made his way to the Gulf Islands National Seashore Fort Barrancas Area. Here he learned about Fort McRee, and the original Spanish Fort.
Touring Taylor onboard NAS Pensacola Taylor toured the inside of the fort, played in a field of Florida’s state wildflower (tickseed or Coreopsis), and even found a bird’s nest with an egg inside! For the respect he showed by not disturbing the nest, he was named Gulf Island National Seashore Junior Park Ranger!
Touring Taylor onboard NAS Pensacola While onboard NAS Pensacola, Taylor also got to watch waves tumble over the sands of Pensacola Beach. He saw a flock of pelicans, climbed a Naval Live Oak tree, and collected seashells.
The National Naval Aviation Museum bids Touring Taylor a farewell, but would welcome a visit from the entire class in the future! For more information, contact National Naval Aviation Museum: www.navalaviationmuseum.org National Flight Academy: www.nationalflightacademy.org Fort Barrancas: http://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/fort-barrancas.htm Pensacola Lighthouse: http://www.pensacolalighthouse.org/ Blue Angels: http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/ Flight Adventure Deck: http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/education/flight-adventure-deck Hope you enjoyed Taylor’s Tour! Sincerely, Sandra Porras and Dianna Hayden, the teachers of Flight Adventure Deck