Video Thursday 7.15.11 Salute To The Space Shuttle!

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.   Dylan Thomas The Space Shuttle was born on 05 January 1972, when President Nixon announced that NASA would proceed with the development of a reusable Space Shuttle system. The [...]

The Nation's Newest Medal of Honor Recipient: Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry

The second living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the war in Afghanistan received his medal in ceremonies at the White House yesterday, 12 July. The new recipient is Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry who was involved in combat with the Taliban. Petry, a native of  Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the [...]

CVS Designation Established By Navy 1953

On 08 July 1953 the “CVS” designation was established by the United States Navy to identify aircraft carriers dedicated to antisubmarine warfare missions. The first carriers to have their designations changed to CVS were Franklin (CVS-13), Bunker Hill (CVS-17), Leyte (CVS-32), Antietam (CVS-36) and Valley Forge (CVS-45). Eventually twenty aircraft carriers would be designated with [...]

Video Thursday 7.07.11…Torpedoes Away Me Boys…

On 17 July Das Boot begins a 3 night run with submarine tour at Patriots Point…details here…torpedoes are the submarine’s weapons of destruction, today we’ll look at our modern torpedoes, which don’t physically impact ships anymore, but explode underneath the keel of a ship forcing a tsunami of water pressure up to break a ship [...]

4th of July: Video Thursday

Here’s a preview of what is up or about to be fired upwards on our nation’s 235th birthday on Monday 04 July 2011. Everyone have a wonderful and safe holiday, Happy Birthday America! Here’s the Grand Finale at Patriots Point in 2009!

Das Boot Event At Patriots Point, 17-19 July

As part of the “do Deutsch” series of events on German culture and language organized by the German missions and the Goethe-Institut locations in the United States, the film Das Boot: 30th Anniversary Director’s Cut and a combined guided submarine tour  will take place at Patriots Point on July 17th, 18th, and 19th. Each date [...]

Naval Aviator #3, John Henry Towers 1911

On 27 June 1911 Lieutenant Junior Grade John Henry Towers reported for duty and instruction in flying at the Curtiss School, Hammondsport, New York. LTJG Towers would become Naval Aviator #3. John Henry Towers was born in Rome, Georgia, on 30 January 1885.  A graduate of the Naval Academy Class of 1906, Ensign Towers served [...]

Launch’em At Patriots Point

(Are you interested in making a reservation for a helicopter ride at Patriots Point?  Pee Dee Helicopters operates out of Patriots Point and they can be reached directly  at 843-373-8011/info@peedeeheli.com) While flight operations have long since ceased from the flight deck of the “Fighting Lady,” weekends at Patriots Point now find visitors with the option of [...]

Rough Seas – Video Thursday 6.23.11

It’s Video Thursday and today’s theme is rough seas…our first video is of a cruise ship in heavy seas, I don’t think any of the passengers will be looking for a repeat trip soon! Next is a small fishing vessel attempting to escape the tsunami that hit Japan earlier this year, not a pretty site…I [...]

Ensign Devotie Billingsley, First Naval Aviator Casualty 1913

On 20 June 1913 Naval Aviation lost its first aviator when Ensign Devotie Billingsley fell from his aircraft. In the early days of Naval Aviation, aviators wore no torso harness or seat belts and sat on the edge of the wing. Billingsley was flying a Wright biplane, B-2, modified into a hydroaeroplane by the addition [...]