Many exhibits are interactive and visitors can sit in the cockpit of a Blue Angel jet, or experience a simulator and view downed planes under water in a mock submarine. The mechanically inclined can peer into engines and at control panels and peeled back panels of aircraft.
Throughout the museums are huge models of aircraft carriers with numerous model planes parked on deck and miniature marines tending to the hundreds of jobs that keep those specialized floating behemoths operational.
The Hall of Honor displays commemorative plaques and statues of important naval and air commanders, pilots, admirals and other heroes.
Wartime lifestyle was depicted in a street scene with a small grocery, a drugstore, barber shop as well as a simple family home with its basic kitchen and sitting room, all with products and artifacts from the 1940's.
Four Blue Angel FA 18 Hornet Jets hang in the atrium looking respectfully down on three heritage planes. A giant American flag inspires awe.
I was stopped in my tracks outside when four jets flew above me with their hair-raising, muscle-clenching roar; thrilling me to the core.
Close to "home"I caught a shot of the gorgeous terracotta-coloured soil, rich with pigment and nutrients.