Manatees At Patriots Point!

It’s not everyday that one sees a manatee at Patriots Point, but it does happen more than you think. The last couple of summers we have seen frequent almost weekly manatee activity at Patriots Point from our pier and ships. They winter in Florida and move north when the waters warm. Learn more about manatees […]

Video Thursday: Navy Airships And Aircraft

Today is Video Thursday and we’ll take a look at the Navy’s airship history and the aircraft that accompanied them. This first clip shows rare footage of the Vought UO-1 observation airplane hooking onto the USS Los Angeles, ZR-3. You may notice that some of the naval personnel here are actors, not real Navy, and […]

Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point

I touch the day, I taste the light, I remember – W. S. Merwin When the Medal of Honor Museum opened to the public in May of 2007, a new interactive world of exhibits was placed onboard the USS Yorktown. This small world enables connections and memory to take over. The caption on the image […]

Skyraiders Shoot Down Chinese Attackers 1954

On 26 July 1954, two Skyraiders (AD-4s) from Air Group Five and USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) shot down two LA-7 aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force off Hainan Island. The Skyraiders were attacked by the Chinese pilots, while they were searching for survivors from the shoot down of a Cathay Pacific Skymaster airliner. […]

Naval Aviator Sets World Altitude Record 1927

On 25 July 1927 Lieutenant Carleton  Cole Champion, Jr.,  set the world altitude record in a Wright Apache aircraft by reaching 38,419 feet. This record would stand for two years.  Champion had set the world seaplane altitude record just three weeks before with his float equipped Apache (seen above and below) when he climbed to […]

Naval Aircraft Instrument Panels In 1916!

On 22 July 1916 the Director of Naval Aeronautics mandated the following thirteen (13 – guess they weren’t afraid of bad luck) instruments to be installed on naval aircraft. Notice that the terminology has changed over the years. Air speed meter (airspeed indicator), incidence indicator (?, something to do with the pitch of the aircraft), […]

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 […]