Home to Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Santa Rosa County helps make up the cradle of Naval Aviation. The $44 billion industry is the state’s 3rd top economic sector behind tourism and agriculture; it tops the list in Santa Rosa County.
Known as the world's most efficient naval air complex, Whiting Field has served as a naval aviation training facility since its establishment as a naval air auxiliary station in July 1943.
Whiting Field, located 8 miles north of Milton, has served as a prisoner-of-war camp for German soldiers, home of the famed Blue Angels flight demonstration team and home of the Navy's first jet training unit.
Today Whiting Field hosts a fleet of over 200 T-34Cs and 150 TH-57s. Over 1,200 students complete primary flight training here each year on 2 airfields and 13 outlying fields.