The Panhandle Sights

Pensacola Naval Air Station

  • 1750 Radford Blvd. Map It
  • Pensacola
  • Military Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 09/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Locals almost unanimously suggest this as the must-see attraction of Pensacola. As you drive near it, don't be alarmed if you're suddenly struck with the shakes—they're probably caused by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels' aerobatic squadron buzzing overhead. This is their home base, and they practice maneuvers here on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 11:30 from March to November.

Then stay late—the pilots stick around after the show to shake hands and sign autographs. During the show, cover your ears as the six F/A 18s blast off in unison for 45 minutes of thrills and skill. Watching the Blue Angels practice their aerobatics is one of the best "free" shows in all of Florida (your tax dollars are already paying for these jets). It's also home to the National Flight Academy, which teaches the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) during an immersive experience for students aged 11–17.

Sight Information


1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, Florida, 32508, United States

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850-452–3604; 850-452–3606

Published 09/18/2015


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