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