Fort Sumter bombardment begins, 12 April 1861

  Confederate forces under Brigadier General Beauregard began the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor this morning at 4:30 AM.  Confederate guns fired from Fort Johnson and several batteries on James Island, batteries on Morris Island, Fort Moultrie and batteries on Sullivan’s Island, a floating battery off the end of the island and a […]

Video Thursday Air Expo Charleston 2011

Today we’ll see videos that will pump us up for the Air Expo at Joint Base Charleston this Saturday. The Air Force Thunderbirds are our first video as we see a preview of their aerial skill… Here’s Bill Walsh, TV Weatherman extraordinaire from WCSC TV, who is also an Air Force Reservist talking about the […]

First Navy Flight Gear Issue, 1917

The United States Navy standardized the issuance of flight gear when the Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels, approved a recommendation of the Board on Flying Equipment on standard flight clothing for the Navy Flying Service on 06 April 1917. Flight gear in 1917  authorized was a tan, sheepskin long coat, short coat and trousers, […]

Mount Pleasant Almost Starts "The War"

In April 1861, war clouds gathered over Charleston Harbor as Major Robert Anderson, commanding the United States garrison at Fort Sumter, waited to be resupplied or evacuated. Charleston Harbor had been heavily fortified by Confederate Brigadier-General Pierre Beauregard and he had been ordered by the Confederate War Department in Montgomery, Alabama, to allow no resupply […]

Father Of Naval Aviation Killed In Crash Of The Akron, 04 April 1933

The Father of Naval Aviation, Rear Admiral William A. Moffett, boarded USS Akron on the evening of 03 April 1933 along with his aide, Commander Henry Cecil, the commanding officer of NAS Lakehurst Commander Fred T. Berry, and Lieutenant Colonel Alfred F. Masury, USAR, a guest of Moffett’s, who was also vice-president of the Mack […]

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 […]