Pensacola, FL (PRWEB) April 15, 2014
100 years of Naval Flight Training and 40th anniversary of Women in Naval Aviation will be among the topics discussed at the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation's annual Symposium Wednesday, May 7–Friday, May 9. The three-day event held at the National Naval Aviation Museum will host a variety of activities highlighting the unique history and proud heritage of Naval Aviation including a golf tournament, luncheon, banquet and panel sessions. Three distinct panel sessions will feature milestones in Naval Aviation history and the people who have made and are currently making that history.
Beginning in 1987, the Symposium aims to preserve the rich history and proud heritage of Naval Aviation by highlighting historical events in which U.S. Naval Aviation has played a major role. Each May, the Symposium attracts attendees including active and retired military flag and general officers to industry executives and the general public.
The 2014 Symposium schedule of events includes:
Wednesday, May 7
- Golf Tournament. Noon–4 p.m. at A.C. Read golf course aboard NAS Pensacola
Thursday, May 8 at the National Naval Aviation Museum
- Trailblazers: Women in Naval Aviation - celebrating 40 years of female Naval Aviators 9:45 a.m.
- Luncheon – guest speaker former astronaut and retired Navy Captain Robert “Hoot” Gibson Noon
(Ticket required for luncheon, costs $25 per person)
- Ups and Downs: 100 Years of Naval Aviation Flight Training – celebrating 100th anniversary of NAS Pensacola 2 p.m.
- Reception & Banquet –guest speaker Admiral William Gortney, USN, Commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command 6:00 p.m. (Ticket required for reception & banquet, costs $70 per person)
Friday, May 9 at the National Naval Aviation Museum
- Naval Aviation: Today and Tomorrow-Flag Officer panel 9:45 a.m.
- Winging Ceremony - guest speaker Vice Admiral Robin Braun, USN, Chief of Naval Reserve - Noon
The Symposium panel discussions are free and open to the general public, active duty and retired military. Registration is requested for all Symposium events, tickets required for luncheon and reception/banquet events. For more information and registration, call the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation at (800) 327-5002 or (850) 453-2389, or online at http://www. NavalAviationMuseum.org News & Events page.
The National Naval Aviation Museum features free museum admission throughout the year. For more information about events, exhibits and attractions at the Museum, visit NavalAviationMuseum.org or call the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation at (850) 453-2389 or (800) 327-5002.
Media Note: For more information about the National Naval Aviation Museum, contact Shelley Ragsdale, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc. at (850) 453-2389 or sragsdale(at)navalaviationmuseum(dot)org.
About the National Naval Aviation Museum
The National Naval Aviation Museum features nearly 350,000 square feet of displays and is one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station, the facility boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation, and is Florida’s most-visited museum. Be sure to visit the Museum’s new expansion, Hangar Bay One, displaying aircraft of the post- WWII era. Among the countless things to touch, see and experience are thrilling 3D Maxflight simulators and a variety of special exhibits, as well as the drama and power of the amazing IMAX® giant screen theater. The Cubi Bar Café offers a unique dining experience, and the Flight Deck Store is the perfect place to find a memento of the spirit of Naval Aviation. Museum admission is free and open to the public. The National Naval Aviation Museum is open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.NavalAviationMuseum.org.