Naval Aeronautic Station

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The first Naval Aviation officers at Pensacola were (from left to right): Lieutenant V. D. Herbster, Lieutenant W. M. McIlvain, Lieutenant P. N. L. Bellinger, Lieutenant R. C. Saufley, Lieutenant J. H. Towers, Lieutenant Commander H. C. Mustin, Lieutenant (Army) B. L. Smith, Ensign G. de C. Chevalier, and Ensign M. L. Stolz.

The Naval Aeronautic Station was a predecessor to the modern Naval Air Station Pensacola. It was established on January 20, 1914, when a detachment of nine officers and 23 men were transferred from Annapolis to the abandoned Pensacola Navy Yard upon the recommendation of Captain W. I Chambers.

The flight school was operational by February.


  • Jack Sweetman. American Naval History: An Illustrated Chronology of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-present. Naval Institute Press, 2002.

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