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  • Happy Birthday Fighting Lady aka USS Yorktown!

    Today sixty-nine years ago, the keel of the USS Yorktown was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding, not far from the battle site of Yorktown, Virginia. The mighty Fighting Lady (nickname […]

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  • End of the Airship Era, 1959?

    On 30 November 1959, the Airship Training Group at Naval Air Station (NAS) Glynco, Georgia, was decommissioned, bringing an end to lighter-than-air training in the United States Navy.  Click on […]

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  • First Naval Aviator Training 1910

    On 29 November 1910, Glenn H. Curtiss wrote to the Secretary of the Navy under President Taft, the Honorable George von Lengerke Meyer. In his letter to the Secretary of […]

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  • First combat air patrol 1917

    On 22 November 1917, a Tellier seaplane flown by a naval aviator, Ensign Kenneth R. Smith, was forced down at sea on his flight out of Naval Air Station LeCroisic […]

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  • Picture of the Weekend, J-35C "Lightning II"

    Here is the “Lightning II” piloted by David “Doc” Nelson. The “Lightning II” departed Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and achieved successful air refuels at a maximum […]

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  • Antiaircraft Gunfire Director – The Mark 19

    With the advent of high-flying and high-speed aircraft, the United States Navy was faced with a new problem, which was ignored until Billy Mitchell’s demonstration of air power in the […]

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  • Video Thursday 11/25/10

    Old technology at work! Here is our old World War II battleship technology at work, notice the effects on the surface of the sea beneath the gun blasts!   Optical […]

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  • Radio Technology in Naval Aviation 1918

    On 17 November 1918 an H-16 flying boat from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia, detected a radio signal via their British six-stage amplifier radio direction finder from a Virginia radio […]

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  • Centennial event on the USS George H. W. Bush, CVN-77

    This event onboard the USS Bush (CVN-77) yesterday, 15 November, was a part of a ceremony to commemorate 100 years of naval aviation. The original Curtis Pusher flown by Eugene […]

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  • Hydraulic catapults enter Navy service 1934

    On 15 November 1934, the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics established plans to install hydraulic, flush-deck catapults on the USS Yorktown (CV-5) and USS Enterprise (CV-6). The Type H, Mark I […]

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