An Aviation-Based Spring Break

Spring Break is a great time for friends to hang out and blow off some steam, but rather than just hang out around the house, what if we based our time off around flying? If money was not a factor, what would be the best Spring Break based around flying? This question was posed to myself and several other fellow writers (I will try to share the links to their ideas), and I would love to hear your ideas as well. Please email your ideas to  and we will feature a few of the best closer to Spring Break.

 

The following story is just that, this definitely couldn’t happen this year, but hopefully in a few years!

 

At MSU Spring Break usually lasts five days including the weekend, so there will be plenty of time to get around. A few friends and I could rent an aircraft and fly to the coast (Mississippi). The coast offers many attractions, including fine dining, fishing opportunities, and even the new Margaritaville (where you can see a huge model of a Grumman Goose hanging from the roof near the entrance) and many other large attractions throughout the area.

goose

The next day we fly to Pensacola, Florida. Not only is it a great beach destination, it is also home to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team, also known as the Blue Angels. Once arriving we rent a car and drive out through the wildlife park near Pensacola Beach and to a little jut-out known as Fort Pickens. Facing the ocean with clear blue water and right across the bay from the naval air station, Fort Pickens is an amazing location to watch the Blues practice during the week. With jets screaming just feet over the sea wall you get a front row seat to a personal aerial performance. That afternoon we can hit the beach and relax!

fortpickens

On the third morning we head to the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola. If you have never been you are missing out, I could spend years in that museum! In the museum you can take guided tours or browse at your own leisure. Included in the museum’s artifacts are many aircraft, including four A-4 Skyhawks that the Blues flew years ago, an F4F Wildcat, SBD dive bomber, a blimp, and even an aircraft flown by George H.W. Bush! Part of one of the hangars is made to look like an old aircraft carrier deck. While there you could even check out the library resources which include countless amounts of materials on naval aviation and those who have served.

scootersThat evening could be spent checking out the scenery, including the wildlife preserve and the beautiful city of Pensacola. The fourth day could be spent at the beach or back at the museum to get a look at a few more aircraft you don’t want to miss (I would definitely be heading to the museum), and then it’s back to Mississippi. We refuel on the coast, grab something to eat, and head back to drop everyone off. While flying there and back it is a good opportunity to keep hours up plus some of your friends can experience flying if they never have before. After the aircraft is returned and checks out it’s time to head home and sleep, and to prepare for another day on the job (or campus).

flightdeck

Want more aviation related content? Head over to http://globalair.com/ and check out some other aviation-related blogs as well as the beautiful aircraft for sale. Fly safe and have fun!

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