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Naval Air Station Pensacola

Naval Air Station Pensacola
Airport information
IATANPA
ICAOKNPA - FAA: NPA
Airport typeNaval Air Station
OperatorUnited States Navy
LocationEscambia County, near Pensacola, Florida
Built1913
In useActive
CommanderCaptain Chris Plummer
Elevation8.5 m (28 ft)

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Naval Air Station Pensacola or NAS Pensacola , "The Cradle of Naval Aviation", is a United States Navy base located next to Warrington, Florida, a community southwest of the Pensacola city limits. It is best known as the primary training base for all Navy, Marine and Coast Guard aviators and Naval Flight Officers, the advanced training base for most Naval Flight Officers, and as the home base for the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the precision-flying team known as the Blue Angels. It is currently a Superfund site.

The air station also hosts the Naval Air and Operational Medical Institute (NAOMI), which provides training for all naval flight surgeons, aviation physiologists, aviation experimental psychologists. With the closure of Naval Air Station Memphis in Millington, Tennessee and the transition of that facility to Naval Support Activity Mid-South, NAS Pensacola also became home to the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), providing technical training schools for nearly all enlisted aircraft maintenance and enlisted aircrew specialties in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard.

NAS Pensacola contains Forrest Sherman Field, home of Training Air Wing SIX, providing undergraduate flight training for all prospective Naval Flight Officers for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, prospective U.S. Air Force Navigator/Combat Systems Officers for the F-15E Strike Eagle and B-1B Lancer bomber, and flight officers/navigators for other NATO/Allied/Coalition partners. TRAWING SIX consists of the Training Squadron 4 (VT-4) Warbucks, Training Squadron 10 (VT-10) Wildcats and Training Squadron 86 (VT-86) Sabrehawks, flying the T-45C Goshawk, T-6A Texan II, T-39 Sabreliner and U.S. Air Force T-1A Jayhawk aircraft.

Other tenant activities include the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, flying F/A-18 Hornets and a single USMC KC-130F Hercules; the 2nd German Air Force Training Squadron USA ( - abbreviated “2. DtLwAusbStff”), and the NAS Pensacola Search and Rescue Detachment (flying SH-60 Seahawk helicopters). A total of 131 aircraft operate out of Sherman Field, generating 110,000 flight operations each year.

The National Naval Aviation Museum, the Pensacola Naval Air Station Historic District, and the National Park Service-administered Fort Barrancas and its associated Advance Redoubt are all located at NAS Pensacola, as well as Barrancas National Cemetery.


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