First landing on USS Saratoga (CV-3) 1928

The first launch and recovery of a naval aircraft on the USS Saratoga (CV-3) was made by her Air Officer, Commander Marc A. Mitscher flying a Vought UO-1 aircraft on this date in 1928. Mitscher would go on to play a large role in the fight against the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II.

Josephus Daniels and Naval Aviation 1914

  He was the founder and editor of the Raleigh News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, and had little previous experience with the Navy. As a supporter of Woodrow Wilson in 1911, Daniels was appointed the new president’s Secretary of the Navy. As his assistant secretary, Daniels selected an aristocratic young New York politician named Franklin D. [...]

Polaris Launches 07 January 1960

As a young boy boating around Charleston Harbor in the 1960′s, I had to be careful to watch for the wakes of departing and returning Polaris missile submarines, called by the Navy… Fleet Ballistic Submarines or FBMs.  The Cold War would change life in Charleston, South Carolina. New facilities for nuclear submarines at the Charleston [...]

Video Thursday…06 January 2011

Welcome to Video Thursday! Since this year is the Centennial Year of Naval Aviation, today we’ll look at some old Naval Aviation technology aka aircraft and some new ones! Ride ‘em cowboy! Check out these early (1922) landings on the USS Langley, CV-1, Yee-haw! Hold on to your hat partners! Here is a clip from [...]

Naval Academy Women's Glee Club To Perform At Patriots Point, 17 January

The Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club first pitched a tune in 1976, when the Naval Academy opened for women midshipmen. The current director is Ms. Cindy Bauchspies and the ladies perform a diverse repertoire which includes classical, sacred, folk, patriotic, popular, and Broadway music. Their performances have been held across America and internationally, including recent [...]

FREE Admission Weekend this Saturday-Sunday, 8-9 January 2011

  Everyone is invited to Patriots Point’s “FREE Admission” weekend to kickoff the Centennial Anniversary of Naval Aviation (1911-2011). Come aboard and visit our ships, the Medal of Honor museum, aircraft, and Vietnam Support Base for FREE.  Hours are from 9 am to 6:30 pm both days. Climb aboard for a FREE tour of the [...]

Happy New Year! and State of "Call the Ball"

Happy New Year! I just received the info below from the stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com. Thank you to all who read and commented on the blog and please subscribe (see the window-Email subscription- to the right, fill in with your email). The blog monkeys mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s [...]

Apollo 8 Anniversary and FREE Weekend in January 2011

  Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the recovery of the Apollo 8 crew by the USS Yorktown in 1968, read the story here…   Also today, Patriots Point announces a FREE Admission Weekend on 8-9 January 2011 to kickoff the Centennial Anniversary of Naval Aviation (1911-2011), Patriots Point invites the Lowcountry community and the [...]

Video Thursday, 23 Dec 2010

It’s Video Thursday and tomorrow is Christmas Eve! Enjoy these holiday videos and Merry Christmas to one and all! Our first video to remind you that NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command – a joint American-Canadian defense agency) will be tracking Santa as usual this year, the NORAD Santa tracking website is here… Anyone remember [...]

First Magnetic Launch of Naval Aircraft!

The first magnetic launch of a naval aircraft took place a few days ago, 18 December, at NAVAIR Lakehurst, New Jersey. The electromagnetic aircraft launch system or EMALS was tested using a F-18 Super Hornet. The new EMALS catapults will be installed into the new Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers as they enter the fleet. [...]