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 […]

Navy F4D Skyray Sets Climb Record 1955

On 23 February 1955  Douglas Test Pilot R. O. Rahn piloted his F4D Skyray to an altitude of 10,000 feet in 56 seconds. This was the fourth unofficial Navy climb record set in less than a month! The unofficial nickname of the F4D Skyray was “Ford.” Navy and Marine Corps fighter pilots would fly this […]

Civil War Cannons At Patriots Point

As visitors pull into the parking lot at Patriots Point, they may notice four large cannons on the shore pointed at the USS Yorktown. Some astute observers will recognize them as Dahlgren guns. The guns take their name from a career Naval officer, Rear Admiral John Dahlgren, who was especially qualified in the development of  […]

Video Thursday 2.17.11 Planes and Seacoast Mortars

Today we start off with some classic rare video clips from the 1941 movie “Dive Bomber.” Stars Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray were the main characters in the movie, which was filmed with the assistance of the U. S. Navy at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego and onboard the USS Enterprise CV-6. […]

Boeing Model 205 Fighter

The first monoplane  designed to fly off of aircraft carriers, a Boeing Model 205 fighter, was delivered to Naval Air Station Anacostia for evaluation on 14 February 1930. The fighter was designated the XF5B-1 for Navy purposes. The aircraft was tested for  several years, but no orders were forthcoming from the Navy.  The aircraft was […]

Patriots Point, SEWE and tripadvisor

Patriots Point -Originally uploaded by joel8x Click on for larger image A great shot looking north from the marina at YORKTOWN and the new Cooper River bridge taken in March 2008 near sunset. The days are getting longer now and next week before SEWE  (Southeastern Wildlife Exposition), the weather is forecast to be sunny, 60′s […]

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 […]