World Record Balloon Flight Set By Navy At 113,739.9 Feet

On 04 May 1961 Navy balloon pilot Commander Malcolm Ross and flight surgeon Lieutenant Commander Victor Prather (MC)  ascended to the world record height of 113,739.9 feet above sea level in their open gondola Strato-Lab. This record still holds today in 2011 for manned balloon ascent. The Navy Strato-Lab program of the 1950’s and 1960’s […]

Naval Aviation Sets Seaplane Record 1928

Launching from Philadelphia at the Naval Aircraft Factory, a PN-12 seaplane  (P for mission – Patrol, N for manufacturer –  Naval Aircraft Factory) piloted by LT’s Arthur Gavin and Zeus Soucek, flew from 03 May until 05 May for a total of 36 hours and 1 minute, setting the world duration record for Class C […]

Salute To Navy SEALS

Americans today can finally feel that justice has been served with the death of Osama Bin Laden. When the CIA finally tracked down the mastermind of the 9.11 attack on America, the decision was made to send in United States Navy SEALS (Sea, Air, Land) to do the job and make sure Bin Laden was […]

Volunteer Profile on Dr. "Chip" Biernbaum

Our volunteer profile is on Dr. “Chip” Biernbaum, who was born on Pearl Harbor Day (07 Dec) 1946 in Woodstown, NJ, 15 miles from Wilmington, Delaware. He spent as much free time as he could investigating curious creatures and beasts that lived in the streams, lakes and forests around his home. His interest in World […]

Video Thursday 4.28.11 What's A Wingsuit?

Today’s videos focus on flight in nonstandard modes, such as balloons, ski jumping  and wingsuits! For myself, I would like a standard heavier than air vehicle with a little mass and engine to rely upon for flying, but some folks see the world differently… [vimeo http://vimeo.com/2096434] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/20761700] This last video is amazingly scary! [vimeo […]

First Operational Navy Airships 1918

Four years after United States Navy aircraft first conducted combat flights, naval aviators in naval airships over France also saw combat protecting convoys. A naval air station was established in 1918 at Paimbœuf, France (on the Loire River near Saint-Nazaire), and several airships were transferred from the French Navy to the United States Navy for […]

A Celebration In Education At Patriots Point

Today marked a “Celebration In Education” at Patriots Point.  Since 2002, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum’s History & Science program has provided cross-curricular educational activities to more than 125,000 students of all ages. The primary goal of the program is to stimulate student achievement with activities that connect History with Science, Math and Language […]

First Combat Flight 1914

A Navy AB-3 piloted by LTJG Patrick Bellinger from the USS Mississippi‘s aviation unit at Veracruz, Mexico, on this date in 1914, conducted military reconnaissance of Veracruz and a preliminary search for mines in the harbor. This is the first operational use of United States naval aircraft in a combat situation. LTJG Patrick Bellinger was […]

New Naval Technology Videos

See the future of the Navy in this selection of videos! Wow! The first is a look at the developing rail gun technology at the Naval Sea Warfare Center Dahlgren… Next is a laser demonstration from the Office of Naval Research… Another laser on an airborne target… Destroyers of the future…amazing upcoming Navy ships…

First Combat Deployment Of Naval Aviators 1914

On 21 April 1914, United States naval forces under Rear Admiral Frank F. Fletcher pushed ashore at Veracruz, Mexico, during a crisis precipitated by Mexican strongman Victoriano Huerta. Huerta had taken power in a coup d’etat in 1913. President Wilson attempted to prevent him from getting arms during the following Mexican Civil War, but Huerta […]