Okinawa Campaign Begins 1945

Task Force 58 under Admiral Marc Mitscher began the campaign against Okinawa with strikes on Kyushu, Japan, beginning on 18 March. The sorties would last four days and destroy over 482 Japanese aircraft on the ground. The USS Yorktown was part of Mitscher’s powerful task force, but soon the Japanese would release their own unique power [...]

Video Thursday 3.17.11 Happy St. Patrick's Day

When Irish eyes are smiling…watch this video of the Irish air demonstration team, the Silver Swallows, as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day… Next is a new airshow video of Lockheed Martin‘s new Joint Strike Fighter, the  F-35 Lightning… Last video for St. Patrick’s Day is from Charleston’s newest airline, Southwest, watch how as quick as leprechauns [...]

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 [...]

Navy Develops Pulse Radar Technology 1934

On 15 March 1934, Dr. Hoyt Taylor, head of the radio division at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) , put into motion a project to develop pulse radar for the detection of ships and aircraft. Pulse radar technology was more promising than continuous wave radar as it would provide range and bearing information along with detection [...]

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 [...]

March Madness Aircraft Carrier Competition

The United States Naval Air Forces Facebook page is promoting a March Madness Aircraft Carrier Competition. Help Yorktown win this tournament by going to their FB page and clicking on this link or picture for USS Yorktown here. If you are having problems, you have to “Like” US Naval Air Forces before you can “Like” the [...]

Volunteer Profile – Arnie Stein

Our March volunteer profile is on our “Head Volunteer” Arnie Stein. Arnie was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from high school in 1957 and joined the United States Army in 1958. After boot camp at Fort Dix, New Jersey, Arnie was launched on a career that would cover 35 years. He worked as a [...]

Video Thursday 3.3.11 The Sound Barrier

  Today our videos take a look at supersonic flight, shock waves and the sound barrier (there is no such thing)…Supersonic flight and sonic booms literally grabbed the imagination and attention of the nation back in the 1950′s. Major John Glenn, a Marine fighter pilot (and future astronaut) flew his F-8 Crusader across the United [...]