Video Thursday 2.24.11 Yesterday's Guns, Today's Guns, Tomorrow's Guns

Today on Video Thursday, we’ll take a look at multiple naval guns across the barriers of time. First we’ll start off with some old guns from the USS Wisconsin BB-64, during the battleship era her 16 inch guns were the most feared guns on the high seas. Next we’ll look at two of today’s  CIWS [...]

Video Thursday 2.17.11 Planes and Seacoast Mortars

Today we start off with some classic rare video clips from the 1941 movie “Dive Bomber.” Stars Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray were the main characters in the movie, which was filmed with the assistance of the U. S. Navy at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego and onboard the USS Enterprise CV-6. [...]

Patriots Point, SEWE and tripadvisor

Patriots Point -Originally uploaded by joel8x Click on for larger image A great shot looking north from the marina at YORKTOWN and the new Cooper River bridge taken in March 2008 near sunset. The days are getting longer now and next week before SEWE  (Southeastern Wildlife Exposition), the weather is forecast to be sunny, 60′s [...]

Video Thursday, 02.10.11

The United States Navy launched a high-tech recruiting video back in December, you may have seen it during a bowl game. Here it is from the Navy YouTube channel. February is Black History month and here is a video taking a look at the contribution of Black Americans during World War II, from the Tuskegee [...]

Birth of the Yellow Peril! or Ground Loops For All My Friends!

Photo of XN-3N1 (San Diego Air and Space Museum Archives) The XN-3N1 was ordered from the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia on 09 February 1935. This aircraft is the prototype of the famous “Yellow Peril” flown by fledgling naval aviators until the end of World War II. The nickname, “Yellow Peril”, came from the aircraft’s [...]

Happy 101st Birthday Boy Scouts of America!

In 1909 an American businessman and millionaire, William D. Boyce, became lost  in the streets of London. A young (11-12 year old) British Boy Scout helped him back to his hotel. Boyce attempted to give the scout a monetary tip for his help, but the young man refused his money, claiming that as a Boy [...]

World's First Nuclear Aircraft Carrier!

  The keel of the world’s first nuclear aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was laid 04 February 1958. She was commissioned on 25 November 1961 as a CVAN (Nuclear Attack Carrier, changed by the Navy to CVN later). Today the “Big E” (nickname)  is our oldest commissioned warship and even has her own Facebook Page. [...]

Video Thursday 2.03.11

It’s Video Thursday…and today we’ll look at women in Aviation and the Military… First we have Patty Wagstaff, Three Time National Aerobatic Champion and Fabulous Airshow Performer. I’ve seen her at multiple airshows and my squadron hosted her at the Azalea Festival Airshow at NAS Norfolk a few years ago. Watch her aviation skills here… [...]

First U.S. Carrier Offensive 01 February 1942

Not content to wait for the next Japanese attack, Admiral Chester Nimitz sent two of his warrior admirals out to hit back less than two months after the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. Task Force 8 under Vice Admiral “Bull” Halsey onboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6) and Task Force 17 led by Rear Admiral “Black [...]

From Joy To Tears: The Challenger Tragedy, 25 Years Ago Today

I was a young Navy Lieutenant on this date in 1986 and was performing my watch standing duty as Squadron Duty Officer (SDO).  I was just completing my briefing on squadron events that day to our Executive Officer (XO)  Commander Bob Ponton. He was excited about his former squadron room-mate,  Navy Commander Mike Smith, being [...]