Mount Pleasant's Confederate Harbor Batteries: The Sounds Of War Reverberate Again, April 9-14

When the cannons begin booming at Patriots Point during its planned “Day One: April 1861” events in April commemorating the sesquicentennial of America’s bloodiest war, the sounds will elicit memories long removed from Mount Pleasant residents’ consciousness. Come and relive Mount Pleasant’s Civil War history from April 9th until April 14th when the sounds of [...]

"Naval Aviator" Sobriquet Born 1915

Before 22 March 1915,  a pilot in the Navy was known as a “Navy Air Pilot,” after that date the term became Naval Aviator. As the World War II poster above asks, “Have you got it?” The Blue Angel pilot below demonstrates that he has got it! So where does the term “aviator” originate? The [...]

Gemini VIII's Emergency Splashdown 1966

Gemini VIII (8) with astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Young made an emergency splashdown in the Pacific Ocean 500 miles east of Okinawa on 16 March 1966 only 10 hours and 41 minutes after launch from the Kennedy Space Center.  The original mission had been to rendezvous and dock with the Gemini Agena target vehicle [...]

Navy's First Choice Of Aircraft Color 1918

Any guesses on what was the first color chosen by the Navy bureaucracy for a tactical paint scheme? Of course it was Navy gray! On 15 March 1918, the Bureau of Construction and Repair directed that all naval aircraft be painted in low visibility naval gray enamel. Over the years the colors and markings of [...]

Day One April 1861 @ Patriots Point 9-14 April

  Over 300 Civil War reenactors will be camped at Patriots Point in an artillery camp overlooking Charleston Harbor with 20-24 artillery pieces to fire upon Fort Sumter. Living history presentations along with artillery, cavalry, infantry and civilian home life  demonstrations will be taking place daily from April 9th until April 14th. Peak shows will [...]

Video Thursday "The War Is Coming"

  Today’s Video Thursday features videos with a Civil War theme as we approach the beginning of our nation’s sesquicentennial events. Events that should highlight the tragedy of our bloodiest war of brother against brother.  First is a video of the Waccamaw Rifle reenactor group firing a cannon at Patriots Point last week. From April [...]

First Practical Sonobuoy 1942

On 07 March 1942 aerial antisubmarine warfare took a leap with the demonstration of an aerial dropped, radio sonobuoy off New London, Connecticut. A K-5 blimp used a sonobuoy to detect the sound of a S-20 submarine. It could detect the submarine up to 3 miles away and radio its information to the blimp up [...]

Centennial of Naval Aviation: First Fleet Use Of The Aircraft Carrier

Beginning on 02 March 1925, the United States Navy made the first tactical use of naval air power with the operations of the USS Langley, CV-1,  during Fleet Problem V.  Interestingly, Fleet Problem V was a fictional attack upon Hawaii! Aircraft from the Langley were only used for scouting purposes, but her air group’s performance [...]

Medal of Honor Recipient Henry "Red" Erwin

This is a repost from February of 2009 on Master Sgt. Henry “Red” Erwin (1921-2002), Medal of Honor recipient. Today I met the granddaughter of Henry E. “Red” Erwin. Jennifer Michaels and her two sons, David (6) and Will (3), were here to visit the Medal of Honor museum, while her Air Force husband was at [...]

Caroline Mars Sets World Record 1949

The Caroline Mars, a JRM-2 flying boat, broke the world record for passenger lift by carrying 202 men from NAS Alameda to NAS North Island, San Diego and broke it again the same day, 25 February 1949,  with a return load of 218 men.  These were the largest operational sea planes in history and after [...]