|In this photo you can view a seaplane in the foreground and the tower of the Pennsylvania House|
in the background, the initial home of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in 1979.
|P. N. L. Bellinger|
By the end of the war, the air detachment was recognized as one of the most important sources of trained naval aviators. In recognition of its importance, on August 27, 1918, the detachment became Naval Air Station Hampton Roads, a separate station under its own commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Patrick N. L. Bellinger. The Naval Air Station existed as a separate command until the Navy consolidated it with Naval Station Norfolk in 1999.
(This blog post was written by HRNM Education Director Lee Duckworth.)