Did you know that naval aviation is celebrating its 100th year in 2011? Or that Pensacola’s Naval Air Station was the first station of its kind in the United States? As the aeronautical center of the United States Navy, it began with a flying school plus one ship on which to practice maneuvers.
Aside from a few emergency exceptions during the World Wars, all gold-winged flight personnel in our Navy, Marine and Coast Guard branches have spent time training in Pensacola. That makes all of us along the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast very proud!
Of course, this blog is just a teaser, not a recount of history. But you can hear much more about this fascinating topic from one who is an expert in the field—none other than Retired Commander Leo Murphy. His personal experiences, combined with many captivating stories and historical facts from before and after his tenure, will be shared with those who attend his presentation.
The Orange Beach Public Library is hosting this free session at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 24; you’ll find the library at 26267 Canal Rd., east of Hwy. 161. For further information, contact the library at 251-981-2923. And you’ll want to take a look at their website’s busy schedule of events so you don’t miss out on the great variety of classes and presentations available to guests and residents.
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