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 […]

First Airship To Land On Aircraft Carrier, 1928!

ZR-3, USS Los Angeles, was a zeppelin built in Germany for the United States Navy as part of a reparations payment. She was our longest-serving airship from 1924-1939. Her landing onboard the USS Saratoga on 28 January 1928 was a one-time event and as far as I know the only airship landing on a carrier. […]

First Seaplane (Hydroaeroplane) Flight 1911!

  Today one hundred years ago, Glenn Curtiss made the first successful seaplane or as known then, hydroaeroplane, at North Island, San Diego, California. Navy Lieutenant T. G. Ellyson was a witness and helped Curtiss prepare for the first seaplane flight. Below are a takeoff and landing of a replica Curtiss A-1 built for the […]

Where Are Our Carriers?

Where are our carriers? Long a question asked by our Presidents during times of crisis. Today we have eleven aircraft carrier battle groups and today around the world five are deployed. They are: USS Enterprise (CVN 65) – Atlantic Ocean USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) – port visit Port Klang, Malaysia USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN […]

A-4's Fly Coast To Coast 1959!

On 24 January 1959, two A-4D Skyhawks flew from El Toro, California, to Cherry Point, North Carolina (2,082 miles)  in 4 hours and 25 minutes. The pilots of the two jets were Marine Corps naval aviators Major J. P. Flynn and Captain C. D. Warfield of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW). In order to […]

Scholarships For Education Programs At Patriots Point

Patriots Point Foundation this week accepted a $15,000 donation from Mike and Mary Sudzina to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students, thereby allowing them to participate in Patriots Point’s education programs. Mike Sudzina is a retired executive from Procter and Gamble. He served as a Marine Corps Artillery Officer after college and continues a tradition of […]

Video Thursday 1.20.11

It’s Video Thursday and if you haven’t read or seen the news today, Patriots Point is going to try to interest the Boeing Company in joining us here on Charleston Harbor. The Boeing Company has long been a  supplier of aircraft to the Navy (currently builds the F-18 Hornet) and is now in the process […]

An American First – 18 January 1911

On 18 January 1911, an American, Eugene Ely, successfully landed an aeroplane aboard the USS Pennsylvania anchored in San Francisco Bay. On this brisk January morning, at 11 AM Ely took off from Tanforan racetrack.  USS Pennsylvania was anchored off the San Francisco waterfront and a crowd of spectators ashore, on ships, and small flotilla […]

Video Thursday 1.13.11

It’s Video Thursday! Our first video is what you can see every weekend on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point…lots and lots of scouts…watch scouts from Pack 175 having a blast. On Monday, 17 January, the Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club will be performing at Patriots Point from 1 to 2 pm. Here is a […]

First landing on USS Saratoga (CV-3) 1928

The first launch and recovery of a naval aircraft on the USS Saratoga (CV-3) was made by her Air Officer, Commander Marc A. Mitscher flying a Vought UO-1 aircraft on this date in 1928. Mitscher would go on to play a large role in the fight against the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II.