Aircraft Carrier March Madness

U. S. Naval Air Forces Facebook page has been running a fun matchup of current and historic aircraft carriers and the competition has entered into the Regional Finals from 01-04 April. Yorktown has advanced with to the North regional final with victories over Tarawa, Lincoln and Independence. As of this post Yorktown trails Reagan 68-70, […]

Video Thursday 3.31.11 Flying Americans

It’s Video Thursday and we’ll be flying through the wild blue yonder via Air Force, Navy and  Lockheed-Martin. We begin with an Air Force clip incorporating an old patriotic favorite by Toby Keith. Enjoy… Next, we have a close-up look of Navy pilots taking jet petroleum (JP) from an Air Force tanker. Boom operators on […]

Mount Pleasant's Confederate Harbor Batteries: The Sounds Of War Reverberate Again, April 9-14

When the cannons begin booming at Patriots Point during its planned “Day One: April 1861” events in April commemorating the sesquicentennial of America’s bloodiest war, the sounds will elicit memories long removed from Mount Pleasant residents’ consciousness. Come and relive Mount Pleasant’s Civil War history from April 9th until April 14th when the sounds of […]

"Lost Heroes Art Quilt" At Patriots Point, 29 March – 03 April

The “Lost Heroes Art Quilt” created by artist Julie Feingold in 2009, represents an homage to the fallen heroes in the Iraq and Afghanistan War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001. It is a very moving exhibit, I found it more so than the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. The faces of children bring the sudden […]

CXAM Radar On Yorktown CV-5 Leads To IFF And CIC

Following successful tests of the XAF radar, the Navy contracted with RCA (Radio Corporation of America) to build six more radars and they would be placed on one aircraft carrier (Yorktown CV-5), one battleship (California BB-44) and four heavy cruisers (Pensacola CA-24, Northampton CA-26,  Chester CA-27  and Chicago CA-29). The size of the bed-spring looking […]

National Medal of Honor Day

  In recognition of National Medal of Honor Day, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum joins the people of South Carolina and Americans across the country in celebrating the achievements of our nation’s finest heroes. Now in its 150th year, the Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest distinction that can be presented by the […]

Video Thursday 3.24.11 American Tomcats, Russian Sukhoi and French Super Entendard!

This is the Centennial Year of Naval Aviation in the United States, and naval aviators have been flying onto (traps) and launching (cats) from ships for over 100 years. It is a dangerous business, but our pilots through experience, blood and training have become the best in the world at doing this. Today we’ll watch […]

Aircraft Carrier March Madness, 3.23.11!

Yorktown defeated Tarawa 53-10, second round action finds Yorktown in a battle with active duty carrier Abraham Lincoln. At halftime its Yorktown 35, Lincoln 31.  Please go here to Yorktown’s photo as seen below and click the Like button on the page. If you don’t see a Like button you may have to Like U.S. […]

"Naval Aviator" Sobriquet Born 1915

Before 22 March 1915,  a pilot in the Navy was known as a “Navy Air Pilot,” after that date the term became Naval Aviator. As the World War II poster above asks, “Have you got it?” The Blue Angel pilot below demonstrates that he has got it! So where does the term “aviator” originate? The […]

Dying Sailor Returns To His Youth One Last Time

If I die young bury me in satin Lay me down on a bed of roses Sink me in the river at dawn Send me away with the words of a love song In a sense we all die young. Even those who live a full human span can tell you how quickly life has […]