Quarterdeck Archives - NNAM


USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Flight Deck

The USS Nimitz one-quarter scale replica flight deck highlights features of the modern nuclear-powered aircraft carriers that operate around the world.  The island superstructure not only depicts that on board the real ship, but also serves as the ticket counter for the museum’s large screen theater.  Nimitz entered service in 1975 as the lead ship

Spirit of Naval Aviation Monument

This monument depicts five Naval Aviators from various periods in history gathered together listening to the World War II aviator describe an air combat action.  It welcomes visitors to the museum Quarterdeck, which derives its name from the ceremonial point of arrival and departure on board a ship. For visitors this area of the museum

A-1 Triad

The museum’s A-1 Triad is one of two replicas of the Navy’s first airplane built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Naval Aviation in 1961.  The name Triad reflected the fact that it could operate from the water using the single float, on land using wheels and in the air.  The A-1 was the airplane

D-558-1 Skystreak

A subsonic research airplane designed to evaluate high-speed flight, the D-558-1 was aptly nicknamed the “Crimson Test Tube” by the press that covered its test program.  Two Naval Aviators, Commander Turner F. Caldwell and Marine Major Marion Carl, established world speed records in the Skystreak in August 1947 over what is now Edwards Air Force

F9F-2 Panther

The Navy’s front-line fighter during the Korean War, the Panther scored the first air-to-air kills by a jet aircraft in Naval Aviation history.  Astronauts John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, as well as Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, flew F9Fs during the war.  The museum’s airplane is a combat veteran of both Navy and Marine