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!

Das Boot Event At Patriots Point, 17-19 July

As part of the “do Deutsch” series of events on German culture and language organized by the German missions and the Goethe-Institut locations in the United States, the film Das Boot: 30th Anniversary Director’s Cut and a combined guided submarine tour  will take place at Patriots Point on July 17th, 18th, and 19th. Each date […]

Naval Aviator #3, John Henry Towers 1911

On 27 June 1911 Lieutenant Junior Grade John Henry Towers reported for duty and instruction in flying at the Curtiss School, Hammondsport, New York. LTJG Towers would become Naval Aviator #3. John Henry Towers was born in Rome, Georgia, on 30 January 1885.  A graduate of the Naval Academy Class of 1906, Ensign Towers served […]

Rough Seas – Video Thursday 6.23.11

It’s Video Thursday and today’s theme is rough seas…our first video is of a cruise ship in heavy seas, I don’t think any of the passengers will be looking for a repeat trip soon! Next is a small fishing vessel attempting to escape the tsunami that hit Japan earlier this year, not a pretty site…I […]

Cold War Shootdown 1955

On 22 June 1955 a P2V Neptune from Navy Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) was flying a routine maritime patrol in the Bering Strait. The aircraft was at 8000 feet altitude and 40 miles west of  Saint Lawrence Island. Suddenly the P2V was attacked by two Soviet MIG -15 fighters and the plane commander  Lieutenant Fischer […]

PBY's Fly Non-stop 3,292 Miles In 1937

Twelve PBY-1 Catalina aircraft from Patrol Squadron 3 (VP-3) flew 3,292 miles nonstop from San Diego, California, to Coco Solo in the Canal Zone on 21 June 1937. Under the command of Lieutenant Robert Morse, the Catalinas were in the air for 27 hours and 58 minutes. PBYs had been just been accepted by the […]

Ensign Devotie Billingsley, First Naval Aviator Casualty 1913

On 20 June 1913 Naval Aviation lost its first aviator when Ensign Devotie Billingsley fell from his aircraft. In the early days of Naval Aviation, aviators wore no torso harness or seat belts and sat on the edge of the wing. Billingsley was flying a Wright biplane, B-2, modified into a hydroaeroplane by the addition […]

Naval Aviator Richard Byrd Departs On His First Polar Expedition 1925

Lieutenant Commander Richard Byrd departed Boston 17 June 1925 onboard the SS Peary, a former minesweeper, with three Loening amphibian aircraft on loan from the Navy. He was headed to Greenland as part of the MacMillan Expedition. Besides Navy endorsement, he was also supported by the National Geographic Society and had the backing of Edsel […]

Everyday Is Flag Day At Patriots Point!

On 14 June 1777, the Continental Congress passed a resolution which stated: Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation. It was not until President Truman signed a Congressional Act in August 1949, […]