Tue, Jun 02, 2009
For Many, Highlight Was The Paper Airplane Competition
The 2nd Annual "Go Fly Zone" at the
museum May 30th featured radio controlled aircraft and full-scale
flight simulators, but the contest to see who could fly a paper
airplane with the most accuracy, seemed to be the hit of the
Shelley Ragsdale, director of marketing for the Naval Aviation
Museum Foundation, said "We had probably more adults than teenagers
who participated. It was a lot of fun,"
The Pensacola News Journal reports Ken Blackburn, the holder of
the Guinness World Record for time aloft with a paper airplane,
gave personal folding instructions to the contestants, who then
launched their creations at a blow-up Blue Angel toy. The object of
the game was to get as close to the target as possible.
The Naval Air Museum holds a variety of events throughout the
year, including weekly opportunities to watch the Blue Angels
practice from the stands near the Museum when they are at their
home base at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
The National Naval Aviation Museum, recognized as one of the
premiere air and space museums in the world, features more than 150
aircraft located throughout the facility's 300,000 square-foot
exhibit space and outlaying 37 wooded acres. These aircraft include
record-setting models like the NC-4 flying boat, the first plane to
cross the Atlantic, as well as combat veterans such as an SBD
Dauntless that flew at the Battle of Midway and an A-7 Corsair II
that logged missions over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.
Though the planes are the largest of the Museum's relics, they are
just one dimension of the collection. More than 4,000 uniforms,
flight gear, weaponry, medals and decorations add a personal touch
to the story of Naval Aviation, in addition to the Emil Buehler
Naval Aviation Library, which houses official papers of prominent
Naval Aviators, squadron records and a photograph collection
numbering more 350,000 images.
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