Video Thursday Salute To The Space Program

Shuttle Atlantis has now landed back on American soil and for the present future no Americans will return to space from our homeland. Mission control is shutting down and laying off 900 workers. The future is in question, but hopefully our heritage and legacy will force us to return to space where the future of […]

First Moon Landing 1969!

On 20 July 1969 one of the most amazing events in the history of mankind happened, when Americans Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin landed on the moon! At 3:06 PM, Central Time, Eagle (lunar module’s name) began her descent from 50,000 feet altitude (nine miles above the lunar surface) and the LM (lunar module) windows  […]

Gemini X Launches Forty-Five Years Ago Today!

On 18 July 1966, astronauts John Young and Michael Collins launched on the mission of Gemini X, the 8th manned Gemini flight, the 16th manned American flight and the 24th spaceflight of all time. Astronaut Young was a naval aviator and had flown the F-9 Cougar jet (similar to the one on USS Yorktown at […]

First Regulus Missile Launched From A Submarine 1953

On 15 July 1953, the USS Tunny SS-282 would become the first submarine to launch a Regulus cruise missile. The Regulus cruise missile development began in 1947  and it was built by the Chance Vought Aircraft company.  The unmanned turbojet powered Regulus system was capable of delivering a thermonuclear warhead, either the 3000 pound (40-50 […]

Video Thursday 7.15.11 Salute To The Space Shuttle!

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.   Dylan Thomas The Space Shuttle was born on 05 January 1972, when President Nixon announced that NASA would proceed with the development of a reusable Space Shuttle system. The […]

The Nation's Newest Medal of Honor Recipient: Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry

The second living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the war in Afghanistan received his medal in ceremonies at the White House yesterday, 12 July. The new recipient is Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry who was involved in combat with the Taliban. Petry, a native of  Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the […]

CVS Designation Established By Navy 1953

On 08 July 1953 the “CVS” designation was established by the United States Navy to identify aircraft carriers dedicated to antisubmarine warfare missions. The first carriers to have their designations changed to CVS were Franklin (CVS-13), Bunker Hill (CVS-17), Leyte (CVS-32), Antietam (CVS-36) and Valley Forge (CVS-45). Eventually twenty aircraft carriers would be designated with […]

Video Thursday 7.07.11…Torpedoes Away Me Boys…

On 17 July Das Boot begins a 3 night run with submarine tour at Patriots Point…details here…torpedoes are the submarine’s weapons of destruction, today we’ll look at our modern torpedoes, which don’t physically impact ships anymore, but explode underneath the keel of a ship forcing a tsunami of water pressure up to break a ship […]

Patriots Point's Grumman Wildcat F4F-3A

Oh Mother, dear Mother, take down that blue star; Replace it with one that is Gold. Your son is a Wildcat pilot, He’ll never be thirty years old. (WW 2 Author unknown) Pulled from the bottom of Lake Michigan in 1988, the Wildcat on display in Hangar Bay One of the USS Yorktown is one […]

4th of July: Video Thursday

Here’s a preview of what is up or about to be fired upwards on our nation’s 235th birthday on Monday 04 July 2011. Everyone have a wonderful and safe holiday, Happy Birthday America! Here’s the Grand Finale at Patriots Point in 2009!