Naval History and Heritage Command

National Naval Aviation Museum

An Interactive Journey into How We Fly

The Flight Adventure Deck (FAD) program is an ongoing partnership with the Escambia and Santa Rosa County School Districts. Delivering the program annually to more than 5000 students are two resident teachers on special assignment from Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties. Built at a cost of $2 million in private funding, this 9,000 square-foot wing features 39 interactive devices, 11 educational kiosks, an interactive wind tunnel and four computer-based flight simulators used to teach middle students how science, technology, engineering and mathematical principles are applied. Hands-on interactive exhibits of which many are aviation themed are utilized to deliver fundamentals of science & physics in a ‘unique immersive’ educational environment. In addition each youth receives one on one time with an Aviator/Officer stationed at NASP volunteering their time by giving ‘Role Model’ talks and f-35 flight instruction in our SIMS to each 6th, 7th, and 8th grader in attendance!

Flight Adventure Deck is the first step in the implementation of the National Flight Academy – a much bigger vision for providing math and science education to students through the study of aviation for middle and high school youth.

Tours of the FAD are offered seven days a week at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Specially trained volunteers will introduce Museum guests to the hands-on science, mathematics and technology program that comprises the FAD. The FAD area is closed when classes are in session. Please check with the Information Desk to be sure a volunteer is available for the tour.

For the safety of our visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not offering tours of the FAD a this time.