Aeronáutica Naval Española
With Military Aviation already established in Spain and the first experiences of World War I still ongoing, the Minister of the Navy Almirante Manuel de Flórez, submitted to the consideration of the Council of Ministers the project for the creation of Naval Aviation, which deserved approval. of HM King Alfonso XIII, on September 15, 1917.
In April 1918, the Navy placed the responsibility of organizing and giving life to Naval Aviation to Lieutenant Commander Cardona, who had already shown imagination and talent for planning when, with the employment of Alférez de Navío, he won the contest for regeneration. of the Navy summoned after the events of 1898.
With a clear objective, a persistent will and collective effort, Cardona and the human team that selected, studied models, visited factories, analyzed publications and investigated possible synergies, until setting up a Naval Aeronautics, which already in 1925 had the first aircraft. and airships, a naval air base in El Prat de Llobregat and a naval crews training school.
Cultural offer of the city of San Fernando (Cádiz) linked to Naval Aviation:
At the proposal of the Navy, since September 19, 2000, the mortal remains of Captain Pedro María Cardona Prieto rest in the Pantheon of Illustrious Marines, in San Fernando (Cádiz).
The only Bell AH-1G Huey-Cobra helicopter from the old Seventh Squadron of Navy Aircraft that has been preserved in Spain is on display next to the Pantheon of Illustrious Seamen at the Navy's NCO School.
The Naval Museum of San Fernando has an explanatory exhibition room of the Spanish Naval Aviation, in which the only Bell 47G helicopter of the former First Squadron of Aircraft of the Navy that is preserved in Spain.
Actividad subvencionada por la Secretaría General de Política de Defensa del Ministerio de Defensa