First Corsair Combat Mission 1943

The first Vought F4U Corsair combat mission was flown on 11 February 1943. VMF-124 flew 12 aircraft from Guadalcanal to escort a PB2Y to pick up a downed pilot at Vella Lavella. The mission was uneventful. Entry of the Corsair into the Pacific theater gave Navy and Marine Corps fighter pilots an aircraft that could […]

Video Thursday, 02.10.11

The United States Navy launched a high-tech recruiting video back in December, you may have seen it during a bowl game. Here it is from the Navy YouTube channel. February is Black History month and here is a video taking a look at the contribution of Black Americans during World War II, from the Tuskegee […]

Birth of the Yellow Peril! or Ground Loops For All My Friends!

Photo of XN-3N1 (San Diego Air and Space Museum Archives) The XN-3N1 was ordered from the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia on 09 February 1935. This aircraft is the prototype of the famous “Yellow Peril” flown by fledgling naval aviators until the end of World War II. The nickname, “Yellow Peril”, came from the aircraft’s […]

Happy 101st Birthday Boy Scouts of America!

In 1909 an American businessman and millionaire, William D. Boyce, became lost  in the streets of London. A young (11-12 year old) British Boy Scout helped him back to his hotel. Boyce attempted to give the scout a monetary tip for his help, but the young man refused his money, claiming that as a Boy […]

Birth of Radial Engines!

On 07 February 1922 a Lawrance J-1 radial engine passed the 50 hour test requirement for the U. S. Navy at the Washington Navy Yard. The J-1 was the first successful air-cooled radial engine in the United States. This achievement led to the pursuit and development of other radial engines for the Navy. After World […]

World's First Nuclear Aircraft Carrier!

  The keel of the world’s first nuclear aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was laid 04 February 1958. She was commissioned on 25 November 1961 as a CVAN (Nuclear Attack Carrier, changed by the Navy to CVN later). Today the “Big E” (nickname)  is our oldest commissioned warship and even has her own Facebook Page. […]

Video Thursday 2.03.11

It’s Video Thursday…and today we’ll look at women in Aviation and the Military… First we have Patty Wagstaff, Three Time National Aerobatic Champion and Fabulous Airshow Performer. I’ve seen her at multiple airshows and my squadron hosted her at the Azalea Festival Airshow at NAS Norfolk a few years ago. Watch her aviation skills here… […]

First U.S. Carrier Offensive 01 February 1942

Not content to wait for the next Japanese attack, Admiral Chester Nimitz sent two of his warrior admirals out to hit back less than two months after the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. Task Force 8 under Vice Admiral “Bull” Halsey onboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6) and Task Force 17 led by Rear Admiral “Black […]

The Birth Of Soaring In America

Another Navy first, today eighty-one years ago a glider was dropped from the USS Los Angeles, ZR-3 (seen above). The idea of dropping a glider from an airship was the Chief of the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics, Rear Admiral William A. Moffett. The pilot was Navy Lieutenant Ralph S. Barnaby and he held glider pilot […]

From Joy To Tears: The Challenger Tragedy, 25 Years Ago Today

I was a young Navy Lieutenant on this date in 1986 and was performing my watch standing duty as Squadron Duty Officer (SDO).  I was just completing my briefing on squadron events that day to our Executive Officer (XO)  Commander Bob Ponton. He was excited about his former squadron room-mate,  Navy Commander Mike Smith, being […]