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 […]

Doolittle Raid 18 April 1942

it is in memory that keeps telling us, some of the old story about us W. S. Merwin In early April, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto wrote to Niwa Michi at her geisha house in Tokyo, “The first stage of operations has been a kind of children’s hour, and will soon be over; now comes the adults’ […]

Navy UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Development 1923!

On 15 April 1923 the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) made known its early work in the development of the first UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) for the Navy. A specially equipped F5L seaplane was controlled by radio signals up to a range of 10 miles from the transmitter. The NRL also reported that radio control of […]

Major Robert Anderson Surrenders Fort Sumter!

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the surrender of Fort Sumter by Major Robert Anderson to Confederate forces at Charleston, SC.  After a day and a half of bombardment, not one soldier died in combat. The surrender ceremony took place in the afternoon and Confederate Brigadier General Beauregard did not attend the ceremony to receive […]