Led by an instructor, they walk through the doors of the National Naval Aviation Museum most every week, young ensigns and second lieutenants dressed in khaki and forest green en route to look at engines that have not roared in decades yet are fundamental in instructing future aviators and naval flight officers in the workings of aircraft power plants. Similarly, young Sailors and Marines destined one day to labor in an aircraft carrier or at a forward operating base work alongside gray-headed former machinist’s mates in the museum’s restoration hangar, helping to bring an old flying boat whose hull once splashed into the waters of Tokyo Bay back to display condition.
Where Naval Aviation History is Manifest
At the epicenter of present-day Sea Service flight, visitors can explore the history of Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard aviation.
By Hill Goodspeed