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Naval Air Station Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Cradle of Naval Aviation

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, March 27, 2017
1. The Cradle of Naval Aviation
Inscription.
The Cradle of Naval Aviation
Over the course of 100 years, NAS Pensacola has played a part in the training of thousands of personnel, regardless of rank or aviation community, to pursue careers in Naval Aviation and earn coveted “Navy Wings.” Wherever these wings may carry them, their roots are always at NAS Pensacola — the true “Cradle of Naval Aviation”

A Century of Service
NAS Pensacola has operated continuously in providing training for Naval Aviation’s most treasured asset — its people. This monument commemorates the centennial of the Navy’s first air station, founded on the shores of Pensacola in 1914.
Dedicated 21 November 2014

Admiral John H. Towers
Naval Aviator Number 3
Lieutenant Jack Towers arrived in Pensacola on 20 January 1914, to establish the Navy’s first flying school and days later made the maiden flight from what would become NAS Pensacola. From 1928 to 1947, he was the earliest designated Naval Aviator still serving on active duty. His campaign to make air power a central component of U.S. Navy operations reaching fruition during World War II and enduring to this day.

“Having benefited from the many accomplishments of generations past, the possibilities envisioned 100 years
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By Michael Herrick, March 27, 2017
2. A Century of Service
ago have become reality. NAS Pensacola continues to train the world’s best warfighters in the full spectrum of aviation, aviation maintenance, aerospace medicine, information dominance and many other enabling areas of national security.”
Captain Keith Hoskins
Commanding Officer
Naval Air Station Pensacola

 
Erected 2014.
 
Location. 30° 21.032′ N, 87° 18.2′ W. Marker is in Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker can be reached from S. Blue Angels Pkwy. near Radford Blvd., on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola FL 32508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The National Flight Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Essex (CV-9) Anchor (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); USS Antietam (CV-36) Anchor (about 600 feet away); Pensacola’s First Lighthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pelicans In Paradise (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pensacola Lighthouse
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By Michael Herrick, March 27, 2017
3. Admiral John H. Towers - Naval Aviator Number 3
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Battery Trueman (approx. 1½ miles away); Hurricane Ivan (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Naval Air Station Pensacola.
 
Also see . . .
1. National Naval Aviation Museum. (Submitted on April 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. John Henry Towerson Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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The Cradle of Naval Aviation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 27, 2017
4. The Cradle of Naval Aviation Marker
Admiral John H. Towers - Naval Aviator Number 3 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 27, 2017
5. Admiral John H. Towers - Naval Aviator Number 3
Admiral John H. Towers - Naval Aviator Number 3 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 27, 2017
6. Admiral John H. Towers - Naval Aviator Number 3
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 91 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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