Zachary Blessing, Author at NNAM

Zachary Blessing

2024 Art & Essay Contest Winners

The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation (NAMF) is held its third annual Museum Masterpieces Art and Essay Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is To the Rescue. This theme commemorates the 80th anniversary of the first mercy mission conducted by Naval and Coast Guard aviation’s first helicopter, the HNS-1 Hoverfly in 1944. Naval, Marine, and

Naval Aviation Hall of Honor Enshrinement

On Saturday, October 29th, National Naval Aviation Museum enshrined four aviators in the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor. The honorees included; ENS Jess L. Brown, LCDR John J. Magda, CAPT Thomas J. Hudner, JR. , LTJG John K. Koelsch.    ENS Jesse L. Brown Joining the Naval Reserve to help pay for attendance at the

Pen Air Federal Credit Union Donates 100k

Pen Air Federal Credit Union Donates 100k to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation’s NW Florida STEM Center of Excellence PENSACOLA, FLA. (September 15, 2022) – Pen Air Federal Credit Union donated $100,000 to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation’s Northwest Florida STEM Center of Excellence. This gift will go to support all educational programs of the

DoD STARBASE Pensacola STEM Education Program Receives Generous Donation

Starbase Pensacola logo

DoD STARBASE Pensacola STEM Education Program Receives Generous Donation from Florida Power & Light Company PENSACOLA, FLA. (September 1, 2022) – Florida Power & Light Company donates $50,000 to DoD STARBASE Pensacola which offers fifth-grade students at Title 1 schools throughout Escambia County the opportunity to attend five days, 25-hour STEM classes that focus on various

Bringing Historic Aircraft to Life for a New Museum

  A new partnership between the National Naval Aviation Museum, National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation and the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center brings historic aircraft to life for new museum.   Through the efforts of the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) in Pensacola, Florida, and the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a WWII FM-2 Wildcat will be beautifully restored by the Air Zoo’s nationally

“Bluebird” Harks Back to Naval Aviation’s Earliest Days

In the annals of American invention, some of the nation’s signature creations have emerged from the unlikeliest of locations and that is certainly true of the airplane, a notable example being the Wright Brothers, who built their first aircraft on the second floor of their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. After their successful demonstration of

The Birth of the “Dilbert Dunker”

Whether they loved it or hated it, the thousands of naval aviators who rode the “Dilbert Dunker” owed the experience to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineer. Although it was Hollywood that introduced the device to the general public in the motion picture An Officer and a Gentleman, for generations of naval aviation personnel the

Training the Doolittle Raiders

On April 18, 1942, the Doolittle Raiders launched from the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet (CV 8) on their famous raid over Japan, two naval aviators having played important roles in getting them to that moment… In June 1942, while visiting the North American Aircraft Company, Brigadier General James H. Doolittle played to his

Naval Aviation and the Search for Amelia Earhart

In July 1937, U.S. Naval Aviation played a major role in the wide-ranging but ultimately fruitless search for famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. Amelia Earhart was one of the stars that sparkled in the Golden Age of Aviation and her disappearance in July 1937, has remained one of history’s enduring mysteries.

Memories of Midway

In the annals of history, there have been great battles fought in nondescript locations, an epic struggle of arms elevating Gettysburg and Waterloo into places of prominence. Such was the case in the U.S. Navy’s most celebrated victory, a small atoll called Midway the focus of an attack by ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy