Waiting for Retirement

So just what are you supposed to do with old military assets like tanks, ships and airplanes. While some might be used for training the next generation of military personel, my guess is most are scrapped for metal and other components. But occasionally, there are a few that you want to keep as museum pieces for historical importance or historical reference.

These naval aircraft are “out back” on the tarmac behind the National Naval Aviation Museum at the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Pensacola, Florida. They are waiting for the day when a little elbow grease and polish can put them back in shape as if ready for another mission. Each of these aircraft hold a special significance as the last of a model, most sorties flown or some other special fact that earns them a future spot in a museum for visitors to learn from and admire. The only way to see these (at least on the day I visited) was from the trolley that takes you on a tour. I was able to grab a back seat and shoot a few from the rear windows that were open and not have to shoot past other people seated around me. Take the trolley ride if you get a chance, as a lot of history is parked out there. It’s part of the free admission to the museum, but you have to get a ticket to board, as seating is limited.
 

These naval aircraft are out back on the tarmac behind the National Naval Aviation Museum at the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Pensacola, Florida. They are waiting for the day when a little elbow grease and polish can put them back in shape as if ready for another mission. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

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