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 […]

Video Thursday 11/25/10

Old technology at work! Here is our old World War II battleship technology at work, notice the effects on the surface of the sea beneath the gun blasts!   Optical illusion of the day…check out the movement of the rotor blades on this Seahawk landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).   Here we are […]

Centennial event on the USS George H. W. Bush, CVN-77

This event onboard the USS Bush (CVN-77) yesterday, 15 November, was a part of a ceremony to commemorate 100 years of naval aviation. The original Curtis Pusher flown by Eugene Ely took off from the light cruiser USS Birmingham on 14 November 1910 marking the beginning of Naval Aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication […]

Hydraulic catapults enter Navy service 1934

On 15 November 1934, the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics established plans to install hydraulic, flush-deck catapults on the USS Yorktown (CV-5) and USS Enterprise (CV-6). The Type H, Mark I catapult was manufactured by the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was the first to be enclosed under the surface of the carrier flight […]

First United States Navy catapult launch, 12 November 1912

The first launch of a naval aviator and naval aircraft took place from a catapult mounted on a barge at the Washington Navy Yard. On  12 November 1912, Lieutenant  Ellyson, Naval Aviator #1,  made the first successful launch of an airplane by catapult in the Curtiss AH-3. This first catapult used by the Navy was […]