Iconic American Infrastructure: Pensacola Naval Air Station

 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola is located in the panhandle of Northwest Florida. The installation covers a total of 8,423 acres of land—5,804 acres at NAS Pensacola proper, and more than 2,500 acres at other locations.
Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola is located in the panhandle of Northwest Florida. The installation covers a total of 8,423 acres of land—5,804 acres at NAS Pensacola proper, and more than 2,500 acres at other locations.
 Construction began in April 1826, and the Pensacola Navy Yard became one of the best-equipped naval stations in the country.
Construction began in April 1826, and the Pensacola Navy Yard became one of the best-equipped naval stations in the country.
NAS Pensacola was the first Naval Air Station commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1914.
NAS Pensacola was the first Naval Air Station commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1914.
 Eighty acres in the southeast corner of the yard, around which a brick wall was built, was set aside for use as an arsenal. Portions of the wall are still standing.
Eighty acres in the southeast corner of the yard, around which a brick wall was built, was set aside for use as an arsenal. Portions of the wall are still standing.
Upon entry into World War I, Pensacola, still the only naval air station, had 38 naval aviators, 163 enlisted men trained in aviation and 54 airplanes.
Upon entry into World War I, Pensacola, still the only naval air station, had 38 naval aviators, 163 enlisted men trained in aviation and 54 airplanes.

In 1948, the Naval Air Basic Training Command (NABTC) headquarters moved from Corpus Christi to Pensacola.

Tens of thousands Naval Aviators have received their training there including John H. Glenn, USMC who became the first American to orbit the earth in 1962 and Neil Armstrong who became the first man to set foot on the moon in 1969.

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