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New Kids Carrier Exhibit, Blast Off! Space Day Highlight Month of July

July 20, 2009

naval-aviation-museumPensacola, Fla.–July 7, 2009–The National Naval Aviation Museum will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newest attraction, an kids aircraft carrier exhibit (inside Museum), at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21 near the west wing to the left of the IMAXÆ Theatre. The new kids exhibit, modeled to look like the “island” of an aircraft carrier deck, is open to the public. Featuring many items that are found on a real aircraft carrier, kids delight in playing with a fireman’s pole, rope ladders, binoculars, periscopes and a Captain’s wheel. Kids are able to play with interactive devices such as buttons to push for ship sounds, an intercom system set up in three different locations and flags with a pulley system. Mock control panels and plasma screens with “views” from the ship give kids the sense that they are on a real aircraft carrier. The carrier exhibit also features two slides, regular and tubed. For safety, rubber mats surround the floor of the island, and handicap access is available on the bottom floor. Kids 10 and under will have the opportunity to enter a contest to name the aircraft carrier exhibit. The child with the winning selection will win a child’s flight jacket from the Museum’s Flight Deck Store.

national-aviation-museumThe FREE “Discovery Saturday” series continues this month with Blast Off! Space Day. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, Russell Romanella, director of the International Space Station and Spacecraft Processing Directorate at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., will present information on the exploration of space. Additional free activities include hands-on exhibits from the Marshall and Johnson Space Centers, paper rocket making and a launch contest, photo opportunities in an authentic spacesuit, and sampling the always-popular astronaut ice cream. All activities will take place in the Blue Angels atrium.

More fun can be had at the Museum exploring more than 150 vintage aircraft, testing your skills in the Top Gun Air Combat simulators, riding in the motion-based simulator, dining in the Cubi Bar CafÈ or with the ultimate movie experience in the IMAXÆ theatre showing four films daily. The first Saturday of each month, enjoy the IMAXÆ Madness Special–receive one FREE child’s admission to “The Magic of Flight” with the purchase of one adult ticket. Narrated by Tom Selleck, this film has it all–from the dawn of manned flight to the Blue Angels and the modern space shuttle. To enhance the educational value of the movies, all IMAXÆ films showing at the Museum have an accompanying teacher’s guide available online at

The National Naval Aviation Museum features FREE admission and a full slate of events throughout the year. For a complete list of events, exhibits and attractions at the Museum, visit or call the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation at (850) 453-2389 or (800) 327-5002.

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