American Legion


The National Flight Academy offers one of the most exciting and immersive learning experiences in the world – inspiring 7-12th graders to take and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in an aviation-themed adventure aboard a massive virtual aircraft carrier.

Each year, American Legionnaires lead the charge in STEM Education by awarding hundreds of students across the United States with funds and scholarships.

Participants live for 6 days in a multi-story, 102,000 square foot facility experiencing theme-park style thrills surrounded by advanced technology, flight simulators, and virtual reality games that ignite imagination and encourage learning.

Eat on the mess deck, sleep in staterooms, plan missions with their squadrons and 30 networked flight simulators. It is a sensory experience like no other in the world, from the constant rumble of the ship’s “engines” to the sounds of flight operations on the “flight deck.”

Inspiring Achievement

  • Graduates are proven to show increased knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math principles along with improvement in 21st century skills like critical thinking, problem solving, communication and teamwork.
  • Since opening in 2012, thousands of students from all over 40 states and three countries have attended.
  • The National Flight Academy is located directly adjacent to the National Naval Aviation Museum at the Naval Air Station in beautiful Pensacola, Florida.
  • The National Flight Academy has a large-capacity gallery with catered food service.
  • 24/7 security and medical services are on site.

Changing Young Lives

American Legion Auxiliary
“Every post, every unit should be a part of this, absolutely! And not just here in Florida – I’m talking about worldwide.” – Linda Knowblach-Harkness, 1st District President

“I think all children should be able to experience this program. It is a wonderful learning experience and lots of fun at the same time. I will tell everyone that they need to send their children.” -Peggy Viola Henshaw

“I love the NFA, it is the best summer camp I will ever go to! My favorite part was flying the flight sims and meeting some of the Blue Angels crew.” -Layla McCray

Click below to download the form and become an Ambassador of the National Flight Academy.