USS Yorktown CV-10 Keel Laid, 70 Years Ago Today!

Today seventy 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 [...]

Pearl Harbor Day Events At Patriots Point

Next Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the entrance of the United States into World War II. Just recently, historian Craig Shirley in his new book, December 1941, noted that President Franklin Roosevelt and his war cabinet had considered declaring war against Japan, Germany and Italy on the night [...]

Naval Aviator Richard Byrd Makes 1st Flight Over The South Pole, 1929.

In 1928, Edsel Ford donated a Ford Tri-Motor airplane to Commander Richard E. Byrd, polar explorer and naval aviator, which would be used to attempt the first flight over the South Pole.  Ford had previously assisted Byrd with an aircraft for his flight over the North Pole in 1927. Byrd would name the Ford Tri-Motor [...]

Bathtub & Torpedo, Republicans and the Tehran Conference

On 28 November 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Premier Joseph Stalin and Prime Minister Winston Churchill met for a series of talks at the Soviet Embassy in Tehran, Iran. The Tehran Conference was held to plan final strategy in the war against Hitler’s Germany and its allies, and the primary discussion centered on opening a [...]

Navy of the Future: DDG 1000 Keel Laid

The keel of the Navy’s future  high tech destroyer, USS Zumwalt DDG-1000, was laid down yesterday at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. DDG-1000 will be named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as Chief of Naval Operations from 1970-1974. The ship’s co-sponsors, Ann Zumwalt, [...]

Video Thursday: First US Navy Carrier, USS Langley CV-1, Eighty-Seven Years Ago!

On 17 November 1924, USS Langley (CV-1) reported for duty with the United States Navy’s Battle Fleet after two years in experimental status, thus becoming the Navy’s  first operational aircraft carrier. Head of the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics was Rear Admiral William Adger Moffett who had pushed for the development of the Navy’s new air [...]

Open Cockpit Sunday, 04 December

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be involved in something greater than one’s self? Have you ever wanted to climb into a Navy cockpit and imagine being a Naval Aviator and flying at Top Gun or landing on an aircraft carrier at sea? Sunday, 04 December, is your chance to fulfill a dream!

Hydraulic Catapults Enter Navy Service 1934

Notice the two catapult tracks on the flight deck of USS Enterprise. 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 [...]

First Homegrown Music Festival At Patriots Point

Over 374 music lovers came out to hear the songwriter/singers perform at Patriots Point and Awendaw Green‘s first ever Homegrown Music Festival at Patriots Point under the trees on Sunday! The weather was sunny and temperature in the low 70′s, no bugs and a friendly crowd with food and drinks available. The crowd was an [...]

Happy Veterans Day! First Aircraft Carrier Basketball Classic!

Happy Veterans Day to all veterans! As a special treat to vets, today in San Diego the University of North Carolina Tar Heels face the Michigan State Spartans in a basketball game to be held on the flight deck of the USS Vinson (CVN-70).  Several vets have asked me what happens if the basketball goes [...]