The Magic of Flight (and the Magic Kingdom)
I don’t have many famous autographs, but the ones I do have, I cherish dearly. I keep them all in the same book—one with Disney’s Magic Kingdom in foam die-cut on the front. Yup, they’re from Mickey Mouse, the Little Mermaid, Goofy, Daffy Duck, and (my personal pride) Winnie the Pooh. Actually, I only have one autograph of a real person (hides face in shame), and it is one I got while my family was visiting me at Thanksgiving my sophomore year.
We planned our visit to the National Naval Aviation Museum (a must-see in Pensacola) around one of the Blue Angel flight shows. The shows are free to the public and run pretty consistently March through November. And as if watching the power of stunning aerial acrobatics by one of the world’s most accomplished flight teams isn’t enough, then the flight crew offers autographs on Wednesdays after the show. (Of course, check with them for details before you go!)
When I visited, I made sure I got an autograph, and not just any autograph: I got the autograph of the lead pilot of the Blue Angels. My brother got one from the right wingman, and my little sister got several. Watching the flight show was definitely the highlight of our trip, but meeting the people inside the cockpits was the best part.
So if the Blue Angels are your thing, or if you’re planning something for when your family gets together in Pensacola over Thanksgiving break this year, add the Naval Aviation Museum to your trip. Then you can get an autograph from one of the Blue Angels flight crew and be cool like me. Except not quite as cool, because I have Winnie the Pooh, you know.0