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Blue Angel Atrium

A-4E/F Skyhawk

Soaring in the famous diamond formation of the Blue Angels are four A-4 Skyhawks, the type airplane flown by the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron from 1974 to 1986.  In actual practice the aircraft fly closer than the display represents with just 36 inches separating the airplanes as they roar through the sky.  In fleet

SNJ-5C Texan

An advanced trainer in World War II and primary trainer in the postwar era, the SNJ played a role in instructing thousands of Naval Aviators.  The version on display featured a tailhook for use in carrier qualification where students made their initial arrested landings on an aircraft carrier.  Among those who flew a Texan in

N2S-3 Kaydet

Though nicknamed the Kaydet, the airplane was universally called the Stearman after its manufacturer and served as a primary trainer for the both the Navy and Army Air Forces. This particular airplane served for a time at Naval Air Station Minneapolis, Minnesota, where in January 1943, future President George H.W. Bush made two flights in