Filming at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

Located north of Oak Harbor, Whidbey NAS encompasses over 7,000 acres. This base is the only one in the world to operate the Growler series of jets. With 2400 civilian personnel, 7400 military, and their families, this base has all the amenities you’d expect and more. As well as housing, entertainment, and healthcare facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art training facilities, flight … Read More

Oak Harbor’s Military History Commands the Visitor’s Attention

Recently named best in the world by the U.S. Navy, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) in Oak Harbor has a significant influence on this small but bustling town’s diverse population.
As many as 5,000 sailors are stationed here at time, and its a base that is often requested—and no wonder.

Jets on Whidbey

Jets from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island train over the island for various missions. One of the most challenging is practicing landing on an aircraft carrier. Learn more about when and where this training occurs and the complexities of an aircraft carrier landing.


The guns of Ft. Casey and Ft. Ebey, the planes and jets of Naval Air Station Whidbey, the military barracks of Camp Casey; they’re all part of the military history of Whidbey Island.

The PBY – Naval Air Museum – The Story of Gigi

The story of the PBY-5A Catalina and how it transformed Oak Harbor into a WWII Navy Seaplane Base is a fascinating tale, and one that’s exemplified by “Gigi,” a PBY-5A Catalina that first came to Oak Harbor in 1943 and now sits on display in the city.

Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum Ship’s Store

The Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum Ship’s Store offers books, t-shirts, caps and other memorabilia about Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and the plane that was among the first to fly here, the PBY Catalina.  Shop the store when you visit or shop the online store here…

Selected Routes

  Selected Public Transit Routes to Whidbey and Camano Islands From Sea-Tac Airport to Whidbey Island – Option 1 – Weekdays Only Take light rail to the International District station. Walk to the nearby King street station The Seattle Sounder train service departs on weekday evenings only at 4:05 p.m., 4:33 p.m., 5:05 p.m., and 6:50 p.m. Disembark at the … Read More

A reproduction of a maintenance shop for a PBY Catalina airplane.

The PBY – Naval Air Museum – A Visit to the Museum

The PBY – Naval Air Museum tells stories through a mix of photographs, artifacts, text, military uniforms, and hands-on activities. It tells both the big stories and the small individual stories of our men and women in service.

Three Day Itinerary

The transformation from mainland to island is not only physical, it’s psychological. The pace is not only slower, it feels as if you’ve stepped back in time. The mild climate and close proximity to Seattle make either island an easy getaway all year round. Named “the easy island,” Camano Island offers visitors a relaxed experience. The island is known for … Read More