Video Thursday "The War Is Coming"

  Today’s Video Thursday features videos with a Civil War theme as we approach the beginning of our nation’s sesquicentennial events. Events that should highlight the tragedy of our bloodiest war of brother against brother.  First is a video of the Waccamaw Rifle reenactor group firing a cannon at Patriots Point last week. From April […]

March Madness Aircraft Carrier Competition

The United States Naval Air Forces Facebook page is promoting a March Madness Aircraft Carrier Competition. Help Yorktown win this tournament by going to their FB page and clicking on this link or picture for USS Yorktown here. If you are having problems, you have to “Like” US Naval Air Forces before you can “Like” the […]

First Practical Sonobuoy 1942

On 07 March 1942 aerial antisubmarine warfare took a leap with the demonstration of an aerial dropped, radio sonobuoy off New London, Connecticut. A K-5 blimp used a sonobuoy to detect the sound of a S-20 submarine. It could detect the submarine up to 3 miles away and radio its information to the blimp up […]

Volunteer Profile – Arnie Stein

Our March volunteer profile is on our “Head Volunteer” Arnie Stein. Arnie was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from high school in 1957 and joined the United States Army in 1958. After boot camp at Fort Dix, New Jersey, Arnie was launched on a career that would cover 35 years. He worked as a […]

Video Thursday 3.3.11 The Sound Barrier

  Today our videos take a look at supersonic flight, shock waves and the sound barrier (there is no such thing)…Supersonic flight and sonic booms literally grabbed the imagination and attention of the nation back in the 1950’s. Major John Glenn, a Marine fighter pilot (and future astronaut) flew his F-8 Crusader across the United […]

Centennial of Naval Aviation: First Fleet Use Of The Aircraft Carrier

Beginning on 02 March 1925, the United States Navy made the first tactical use of naval air power with the operations of the USS Langley, CV-1,  during Fleet Problem V.  Interestingly, Fleet Problem V was a fictional attack upon Hawaii! Aircraft from the Langley were only used for scouting purposes, but her air group’s performance […]

Medal of Honor Recipient Henry "Red" Erwin

This is a repost from February of 2009 on Master Sgt. Henry “Red” Erwin (1921-2002), Medal of Honor recipient. Today I met the granddaughter of Henry E. “Red” Erwin. Jennifer Michaels and her two sons, David (6) and Will (3), were here to visit the Medal of Honor museum, while her Air Force husband was at […]

Caroline Mars Sets World Record 1949

The Caroline Mars, a JRM-2 flying boat, broke the world record for passenger lift by carrying 202 men from NAS Alameda to NAS North Island, San Diego and broke it again the same day, 25 February 1949,  with a return load of 218 men.  These were the largest operational sea planes in history and after […]

Video Thursday 2.24.11 Yesterday's Guns, Today's Guns, Tomorrow's Guns

Today on Video Thursday, we’ll take a look at multiple naval guns across the barriers of time. First we’ll start off with some old guns from the USS Wisconsin BB-64, during the battleship era her 16 inch guns were the most feared guns on the high seas. Next we’ll look at two of today’s  CIWS […]