|X-47B unmanned aircraft now on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum|
October 23, 2013 Pensacola, Fla. –As part of the National Naval Aviation Museum’s 50th anniversary, the Museum is proud to present the Navy’s latest in aerospace technology, a full-scale mock-up of Northrop Grumman’s X-47B unmanned combat air system. The X-47B was originally scheduled to be part of the Museum’s 50th anniversary which was postponed due to the government shutdown.
“The National Naval Aviation Museum has a powerful mission – to preserve and display Naval Aviation history,” said Carl Johnson, vice president and program manager of the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) program at Northrop Grumman. “Our company has long dedicated itself to designing and building aircraft that transform Naval Aviation – from the famous 'Cat' family of aircraft in World War II, through the Cold War era Intruder, Hawkeye and Tomcat designs, to today's unmanned Triton, Fire Scout and X-47B UCAS demonstrator aircraft – and we are grateful to the museum for their continued commitment to this rich history.”
"Collectively, the museum's aircraft collection represents the amazing technological journey that has occurred in naval aviation for more than 100 years," said CAPT Robert Rasmussen, USN (Ret.), the director of the National Naval Aviation Museum. "This X-47B mock-up represents one of the latest chapters in aircraft development and will give visitors the opportunity to contrast unmanned platforms of today with the Navy's first unmanned vehicle to be employed in combat, the sole surviving example of the World War II TDR drone also on display in the museum."
The National Naval Aviation Museum features FREE admission. For more information on events, exhibits and attractions at the Museum, visit www.NavalAviationMuseum.org or call (850) 453-2389 or (800) 327-5002.
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 in Florida, the facility boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation, and is Florida’s Gulf Coast #1 attraction on Trip Advisor.
Be sure to visit the Museum’s new expansion, Hangar Bay One, displaying aircraft of the post- WWII era including Marine One and the Apollo 17 lunar module replica. Among the countless things to touch, see and experience are thrilling 3D and HD flight simulators, amazing exhibits, as well as the drama and power of the 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 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.NavalAviationMuseum.org