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 […]

First Airship To Land On Aircraft Carrier, 1928!

ZR-3, USS Los Angeles, was a zeppelin built in Germany for the United States Navy as part of a reparations payment. She was our longest-serving airship from 1924-1939. Her landing onboard the USS Saratoga on 28 January 1928 was a one-time event and as far as I know the only airship landing on a carrier. […]

Where Are Our Carriers?

Where are our carriers? Long a question asked by our Presidents during times of crisis. Today we have eleven aircraft carrier battle groups and today around the world five are deployed. They are: USS Enterprise (CVN 65) – Atlantic Ocean USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) – port visit Port Klang, Malaysia USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN […]

Scholarships For Education Programs At Patriots Point

Patriots Point Foundation this week accepted a $15,000 donation from Mike and Mary Sudzina to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students, thereby allowing them to participate in Patriots Point’s education programs. Mike Sudzina is a retired executive from Procter and Gamble. He served as a Marine Corps Artillery Officer after college and continues a tradition of […]