PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION – The Navy announced today that it is postponing events marking the 50th anniversary of the National Museum of Naval Aviation because of the government shutdown.
A black-tie gala planned for Saturday evening at Pensacola Naval Air Station has been pushed back to an unspecified date.
A special exhibit paying tribute to the museum’s history is closed along with the rest of the museum’s attractions. The Navy says the museum will remained closed throughout the duration shutdown because the museum’s employees are on furlough.
The museum had planned events throughout the day on Saturday including special, commemorative coins for its first 50 visitors, an exhibit of Naval aviation art and a free showing of an IMAX movie about the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team. Special events were also planned for the museum’s restaurant and gift shop.
The museum opened in 1963 in a World War II-era building with about 8,500 square feet. Today, the museum has more than 350,000 square feet of display areas and more than 150 restored aircraft. The museum is dedicated to the history of Navy, Marine and Coast Guard aviation. It is a popular attraction for thousands of tourists each year.