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 […]

Veterans Day interviews at Patriots Point

  See some of our veterans as they were interviewed on Veterans Day… Click here for WCBD TV Two news story… Click here for WCSC TV Live Five news story… Click here for Chip’s AM Moment If you missed our “Meet and Greet” this year, we’re planning another for next year! It was a great […]

Preview to Veterans Day and "Veterans of the Fighting Lady" Portrait Exhibit

Join us on 11 November to commemorate Veterans Day on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. Our volunteer-veterans will be holding a “Meet and Greet” from 10 am to 2 pm on USS Yorktown. Our veteran participants include servicemen from most branches of the Armed Forces and from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and […]

Naval Research Laboratory and RADAR

Eighty years ago on 05 November 1930, L. C. Young and L. A. Hyland of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) detected an aircraft while conducting experiments in the directional effects of radio. This discovery led to the creation of a NRL project for “Detection of Enemy Vessels and Aircraft by Radio.” First experiments used a […]

Video Thursday, 10.04.10

Here are my top three videos this week, one serious and two for fun! Send me your top video and if I use it you become eligible for this month’s prize, passes for four and a personal tour by our very own Top Gun graduate. Enjoy Video Thursday! To prepare for Veterans Day next week, […]

Father of Naval Aviation Birthdate

Today is the birthday of the naval officer who was able to foresee a power air arm of the United States Navy. William Adger Moffett was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on 31 October 1869. He was the son of Confederate Captain George Hall Moffett, who had served at Fort Sumter and under General Johnson […]

American aircraft carriers and the Suez Crisis 1956

Whenever a crisis happens in the world, ever since World War II, our Presidents have probably asked as one of their first questions, “Where are our carriers?” On 29 October 1956, Israeli forces invaded Egyptian territory after Egyptian President Gamal Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. British and French forces would join in the invasion two […]

Video Thursday 10/28!

Time for my top videos of the week! Hope you enjoy them, again send me links to your favorite videos and the best one I receive during the month of November will receive an early Christmas present from Patriots Point! This is one for Veterans Day! Here’s a scary one for Halloween, pitching decks and […]