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T-6 Passing By

Fort Sumter is a place you have probably heard of. If you live in eastern North Carolina you may have heard of Fort Macon. Both of these forts were built in the early nineteenth century as part of America's coastal defenses and both figured in the Civil War. They were not the only forts in the south to earn distinction in that war. Here in the Pensacola area were three forts, Fort Pickens, Fort McKee, and Fort Barrancas. This morning K, 2LT Son1, and I visited Fort Barrancas. While we were at the top of the fort, several planes flew over. Son1 pointed out the one flying over in the picture (the black dot above the trees) and said it was a T-6 trainer. The T-6 is the type of plane Son1 will be training in soon.

Getting around to see all the different parts of the fort was a challenge for me but I did it. Son1 and I discussed the fact that other than during the Civil War the forts never had to serve their intended purpose. They were the antebellum version of today's nuclear arsenal. Just having them in place kept other countries from trying to invade.

Image Credit » DW Davis

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Paulie wrote on July 29, 2015, 10:58 PM

It looks like you really got a good history lesson. When I was in Pensacola, I never knew about these three forts. I didn't have a car down there in 1972, and actually got off the base only one evening to go to a nightclub with buddies called Trader Johns in downtown Pensacola.

MegL wrote on July 30, 2015, 3:30 AM

Sounds like you are having a good trip. It's also useful to get moving around after sitting travelling for a while.

lexiconlover wrote on July 30, 2015, 9:24 AM

Glad you and K got to see the fort. Love my Pensacola history. How long are you guys here for?

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 30, 2015, 2:32 PM

I'll have to ask my son if it is still there?

CoralLevang wrote on July 30, 2015, 2:36 PM

This sounds like such a fun trip! I am having almost as much fun reading it, as you are having living it!

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 30, 2015, 2:41 PM

We got there Monday, spent Tuesday and Wednesday doing the tourist thing with our son, and left about 5:30 this morning to head for home.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 30, 2015, 3:01 PM

There is more to tell, so stay tuned! emoticon :smile:

cheri wrote on August 1, 2015, 2:28 AM

That is one thing about having road trips because you see a lot of sights

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 1, 2015, 7:18 AM

We did get to see quite a lot in a short time. And on the way back we went a different route, following my grandfather's advice to never go home by the same road you took to get there.