Curtiss SOC "Seagull" 1934

On 15 December 1936 the Secretary of the Navy, Virginian Claude A. Swanson, approved acceptance of a new observation/scouting plane, the Curtiss XO3C-1, later designated the SOC (Scout Observation Curtiss) and nicknamed “Seagull.” It would operate from battleships and cruisers from late 1935 through the World War II years. The aircraft was used for search, […]

Go Navy! Sink Army!

Tomorrows BIG game features Army against Navy! Army’ record this year is six wins and five losses. Navy has eight wins and three losses. This Saturday’s game marks the 111th  time the two have played and this years Navy seniors are hoping to complete a sweep of the Army during their time at Annapolis! The […]

Video Thursday, 09 December 2010

It’s the holiday season and for a little fun, if you hadn’t seen this one before it is a classic bit of everything you see is not necessarily so in the air or on the ground… In today’s uncertain world, even Santa Claus has turned to Navy Fighter pilots to learn a few air combat […]

United States Declares War on the Imperial Japanese Empire, 1941

Interestingly, the United States declared war on the same date that the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked Pearl Harbor. Because of the International Dateline, the Japanese attack came on 08 December in Japan, and President Roosevelt would make his speech asking for a declaration of war from Congress on 08 December. Listen to President Roosevelt as […]

Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point 2010

Today two hundred and sixty-six Americans gathered on a cold, windy 07 December at Patriots Point to remember Pearl Harbor. The memorial program was put together and run by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10624, Glenn Jeffers Post and the South Carolina Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Six Pearl Harbor survivors attended the ceremony:  […]

Navy Altitude Record 1915

On 03 December 1915, Naval Aviator #14 Lieutenant Richard C. Saufley set an American altitude record flying the Curtiss AH-14 to 11,975 feet over Pensacola, Florida. Saufley was a member of the first class of naval aviators to be trained at Pensacola, Florida. He was born on 1 September 1884 at Stanford, Kentucky. Saufley graduated […]

Video Thursday 02 Dec 2010

Welcome to Video Thursday! Have you ever wondered what it is like to pilot a Navy jet aboard a moving mass of steel at sea? Here’s your chance, watch this S-3 Viking pilot below, see his methodical scan from cockpit instruments to the ship and back and forth again as he approaches the ship, you […]

Happy Birthday Fighting Lady aka USS Yorktown!

Today sixty-nine years ago, the keel of the USS Yorktown was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding, not far from the battle site of Yorktown, Virginia. The mighty Fighting Lady (nickname given by her crew in World War II) is now a museum ship fighting the ravages of time instead of the Imperial Japanese Navy and […]

First Naval Aviator Training 1910

On 29 November 1910, Glenn H. Curtiss wrote to the Secretary of the Navy under President Taft, the Honorable George von Lengerke Meyer. In his letter to the Secretary of the Navy, Curtiss offered to train one naval officer as a pilot for no charge, in order to develop “the adaptability of the aeroplane to […]

Picture of the Weekend, J-35C "Lightning II"

Here is the “Lightning II” piloted by David “Doc” Nelson. The “Lightning II” departed Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and achieved successful air refuels at a maximum load of 19,800 pounds during the flight. At Patuxent River, the F-35C will conduct air-to-air refueling and performance testing. Most naval aircraft eventually get a […]