Video Thursday – Heavy Weather

With Hurricane Irene churning through the Bahamas and heading for the US East Coast, our Navy has put her ships to sea to ride out the storm…If you have never been at sea in heavy weather, it makes for sights you never forget…watch the videos below and you’ll be glad to be high and dry […]

Project Stormfury 1963

On 23 August 1963, a joint Navy-Weather Bureau (today’s NOAA) project called Stormfury was put into action when an A-3B Skywarrior seeded Hurricane Beulah with silver iodide crystals in an attempt to weaken the structure of the hurricane. Hurricane Beulah was far enough away from populated areas to be a candidate and close enough for […]

The Passing Of An American Hero

Today I was saddened to learn of the death of Colonel Charles Murray, United States Army (Retired). Here is a reposting of a story I did about him and scouting drawn from his World War II experiences a few years ago. It’s a two-part story and I hope you enjoy it…it illustrates the character and […]

North Charleston SWAT Team Repells Off Yorktown Flightdeck

Not just your average person visits Yorktown, sometimes our local law enforcement and first responders utilize the World War II Essex carrier as a unique training facility and today was one of those days. The North Charleston Police SWAT team were hoping for a sea breeze on a hot day and instead of a concrete […]

282nd Army Band Plays At Patriots Point This Friday!

This Friday, 5 August 2011, from 2 to 3:30 pm,  the thirty-six member 282nd Army Band will be playing approximately 30 musical compositions to include rock, jazz and other genres in Hangar Bay 3 of the USS Yorktown (CV-10). Based out of Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, the 282nd Band is commanded by Chief […]

Manatees At Patriots Point!

It’s not everyday that one sees a manatee at Patriots Point, but it does happen more than you think. The last couple of summers we have seen frequent almost weekly manatee activity at Patriots Point from our pier and ships. They winter in Florida and move north when the waters warm. Learn more about manatees […]

Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point

I touch the day, I taste the light, I remember – W. S. Merwin When the Medal of Honor Museum opened to the public in May of 2007, a new interactive world of exhibits was placed onboard the USS Yorktown. This small world enables connections and memory to take over. The caption on the image […]

Naval Aviator Sets World Altitude Record 1927

On 25 July 1927 Lieutenant Carleton  Cole Champion, Jr.,  set the world altitude record in a Wright Apache aircraft by reaching 38,419 feet. This record would stand for two years.  Champion had set the world seaplane altitude record just three weeks before with his float equipped Apache (seen above and below) when he climbed to […]

Video Thursday Salute To The Space Program

Shuttle Atlantis has now landed back on American soil and for the present future no Americans will return to space from our homeland. Mission control is shutting down and laying off 900 workers. The future is in question, but hopefully our heritage and legacy will force us to return to space where the future of […]

Gemini X Launches Forty-Five Years Ago Today!

On 18 July 1966, astronauts John Young and Michael Collins launched on the mission of Gemini X, the 8th manned Gemini flight, the 16th manned American flight and the 24th spaceflight of all time. Astronaut Young was a naval aviator and had flown the F-9 Cougar jet (similar to the one on USS Yorktown at […]