The Demon and the Banshee

Jets are cool. Fighter jets are even cooler. The closet most people will ever get to one is on their TV screen. But at the National Naval Aviation Museum, you can get up close and personal.  They have one of the best collections of historic aircraft in one location that you can find. 

Here the F3H DEMON and behind it, the more successful F2H-4 BANSHEE are on display.

Here the F3H DEMON and behind it, the more successful F2H-4 BANSHEE are on display, at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

Family Fishing

A family that fishes together, stays together. Okay, that is an old saying that I just made up. But I bet there is some truth to that. I would guess that families who do things together probably do have stronger ties that last well after the kids grow up and move out. 

This family was fishing late into the evening on the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier.

A family that fishes together, stays together. This family was fishing late into the evening on the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Morning Ride

One morning while on vacation, I rose early to capture a sunrise while in Pensacola. I made my way to a surf side park I had found the day before and expected to be the only person there. Much to my surprise, there was already a large group of people jogging and exercising around the park. When shooting photos from a pier in the early light, I had to wait for the joggers to pass, so as not to shake the tripod.  As the morning brightened, the joggers left, replaced by this lone cyclist. 
 

One morning while on vacation, I rose early to capture a sunrise while in Pensacola. I made my way to a surf side park I had found the day before. Much to my surprise, there was already a large group of people jogging and exercising around the park. As the morning brightened, the joggers left, replaced by this lone cyclist. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Shaggy’s Sunset 2013

Last year, our family had dinner at Shaggy’s the evening before we left Pensacola. As it turned out, we did the same this year. And once again, we were treated to a great sunset as we watched from the back deck above the pier. It was such a relaxing way to end the day, and our trip, enjoying some great seafood with family as our vacation drew to a close.
 

Once again we were treated to a great sunset as we watched from the back deck above the pier at Shaggy's in Pensacola. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Shades of Orange

Every sunset is unique. It is like a blank canvas in front of an artist, waiting to be filled with color and shapes. Some people are fortunate to have a great western view, while some are not. My view at home poor, so I have to leave for a good view for a sunset. When we visited Florida, our views were great both morning and night. I always marvel at the shades of color as the sun departs. This day, orange filled the horizon as low clouds helped to filter the setting sun.

When we visited Florida, our views were great both morning and night. This day, orange filled the horizon as low clouds helped to filter the setting sun. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Messerschmitt ME 262

I remember as a boy learning about this pioneer jet fighter. So imagine my delight when I saw one at the National Naval Aviation Museum. If it had been deployed a few years earlier, the battle of the skies in WWII could have gone very differently.

From Wikipedia

The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but engine problems prevented the aircraft from attaining operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944. Compared with Allied fighters of its day, including the British jet-powered Gloster Meteor, it was much faster and better armed. But the Me 262 had a negligible impact on the course of the war as a result of its late introduction and the  small numbers that were deployed in operational service. The Me 262 influenced the designs of post-war aircraft such as theNorth American F-86 Sabre and Boeing B-47 Stratojet.

Messerschmitt Me 262

The Pensacola Lighthouse

I had seen it from a distance several times, and was in no hurry to visit it. But the Pensacola Lighthouse was a lot more interesting than I expected. The lightkeeper’s house as a small museum and the tower both are equally special. There is a lot of history to the building and like all good, old landmarks, has a haunted tale or two to brag about. The walk to the top is not too bad and the view and breeze at the top make it well worth your trouble. 

When you finish with your visit at the National Naval Aviation Museum about a block away, swing by the lighthouse for a quick visit. We were there in October, so if you look closely, you might see a ghost on the second story porch.
 

The Pensacola Lighthouse reaches to the sky and is a great landmark day or night.