"Lost Heroes Art Quilt" At Patriots Point, 29 March – 03 April

The “Lost Heroes Art Quilt” created by artist Julie Feingold in 2009, represents an homage to the fallen heroes in the Iraq and Afghanistan War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001. It is a very moving exhibit, I found it more so than the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. The faces of children bring the sudden […]

CXAM Radar On Yorktown CV-5 Leads To IFF And CIC

Following successful tests of the XAF radar, the Navy contracted with RCA (Radio Corporation of America) to build six more radars and they would be placed on one aircraft carrier (Yorktown CV-5), one battleship (California BB-44) and four heavy cruisers (Pensacola CA-24, Northampton CA-26,  Chester CA-27  and Chicago CA-29). The size of the bed-spring looking […]

National Medal of Honor Day

  In recognition of National Medal of Honor Day, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum joins the people of South Carolina and Americans across the country in celebrating the achievements of our nation’s finest heroes. Now in its 150th year, the Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest distinction that can be presented by the […]

Video Thursday 3.24.11 American Tomcats, Russian Sukhoi and French Super Entendard!

This is the Centennial Year of Naval Aviation in the United States, and naval aviators have been flying onto (traps) and launching (cats) from ships for over 100 years. It is a dangerous business, but our pilots through experience, blood and training have become the best in the world at doing this. Today we’ll watch […]

Aircraft Carrier March Madness, 3.23.11!

Yorktown defeated Tarawa 53-10, second round action finds Yorktown in a battle with active duty carrier Abraham Lincoln. At halftime its Yorktown 35, Lincoln 31.  Please go here to Yorktown’s photo as seen below and click the Like button on the page. If you don’t see a Like button you may have to Like U.S. […]

Dying Sailor Returns To His Youth One Last Time

If I die young bury me in satin Lay me down on a bed of roses Sink me in the river at dawn Send me away with the words of a love song In a sense we all die young. Even those who live a full human span can tell you how quickly life has […]

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 […]