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 […]

Okinawa Campaign Begins 1945

Task Force 58 under Admiral Marc Mitscher began the campaign against Okinawa with strikes on Kyushu, Japan, beginning on 18 March. The sorties would last four days and destroy over 482 Japanese aircraft on the ground. The USS Yorktown was part of Mitscher’s powerful task force, but soon the Japanese would release their own unique power […]

Video Thursday 3.17.11 Happy St. Patrick's Day

When Irish eyes are smiling…watch this video of the Irish air demonstration team, the Silver Swallows, as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day… Next is a new airshow video of Lockheed Martin‘s new Joint Strike Fighter, the  F-35 Lightning… Last video for St. Patrick’s Day is from Charleston’s newest airline, Southwest, watch how as quick as leprechauns […]

Gemini VIII's Emergency Splashdown 1966

Gemini VIII (8) with astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Young made an emergency splashdown in the Pacific Ocean 500 miles east of Okinawa on 16 March 1966 only 10 hours and 41 minutes after launch from the Kennedy Space Center.  The original mission had been to rendezvous and dock with the Gemini Agena target vehicle […]

Navy's First Choice Of Aircraft Color 1918

Any guesses on what was the first color chosen by the Navy bureaucracy for a tactical paint scheme? Of course it was Navy gray! On 15 March 1918, the Bureau of Construction and Repair directed that all naval aircraft be painted in low visibility naval gray enamel. Over the years the colors and markings of […]

Navy Develops Pulse Radar Technology 1934

On 15 March 1934, Dr. Hoyt Taylor, head of the radio division at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) , put into motion a project to develop pulse radar for the detection of ships and aircraft. Pulse radar technology was more promising than continuous wave radar as it would provide range and bearing information along with detection […]

Day One April 1861 @ Patriots Point 9-14 April

  Over 300 Civil War reenactors will be camped at Patriots Point in an artillery camp overlooking Charleston Harbor with 20-24 artillery pieces to fire upon Fort Sumter. Living history presentations along with artillery, cavalry, infantry and civilian home life  demonstrations will be taking place daily from April 9th until April 14th. Peak shows will […]