Centennial event on the USS George H. W. Bush, CVN-77

This event onboard the USS Bush (CVN-77) yesterday, 15 November, was a part of a ceremony to commemorate 100 years of naval aviation. The original Curtis Pusher flown by Eugene Ely took off from the light cruiser USS Birmingham on 14 November 1910 marking the beginning of Naval Aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication [...]

Hydraulic catapults enter Navy service 1934

On 15 November 1934, the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics established plans to install hydraulic, flush-deck catapults on the USS Yorktown (CV-5) and USS Enterprise (CV-6). The Type H, Mark I catapult was manufactured by the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was the first to be enclosed under the surface of the carrier flight [...]

First United States Navy catapult launch, 12 November 1912

The first launch of a naval aviator and naval aircraft took place from a catapult mounted on a barge at the Washington Navy Yard. On  12 November 1912, Lieutenant  Ellyson, Naval Aviator #1,  made the first successful launch of an airplane by catapult in the Curtiss AH-3. This first catapult used by the Navy was [...]

Veterans Day interviews at Patriots Point

  See some of our veterans as they were interviewed on Veterans Day… Click here for WCBD TV Two news story… Click here for WCSC TV Live Five news story… Click here for Chip’s AM Moment If you missed our “Meet and Greet” this year, we’re planning another for next year! It was a great [...]

Preview to Veterans Day and "Veterans of the Fighting Lady" Portrait Exhibit

Join us on 11 November to commemorate Veterans Day on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. Our volunteer-veterans will be holding a “Meet and Greet” from 10 am to 2 pm on USS Yorktown. Our veteran participants include servicemen from most branches of the Armed Forces and from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and [...]

Naval Research Laboratory and RADAR

Eighty years ago on 05 November 1930, L. C. Young and L. A. Hyland of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) detected an aircraft while conducting experiments in the directional effects of radio. This discovery led to the creation of a NRL project for “Detection of Enemy Vessels and Aircraft by Radio.” First experiments used a [...]

Video Thursday, 10.04.10

Here are my top three videos this week, one serious and two for fun! Send me your top video and if I use it you become eligible for this month’s prize, passes for four and a personal tour by our very own Top Gun graduate. Enjoy Video Thursday! To prepare for Veterans Day next week, [...]

Curtiss-Navy racer sets World Speed Record, 1921

On 03 November 1921, pilot Bert Acosta flying the Curtiss-Navy racer powered by a 400-h.p. Curtiss engine, won the Pulitzer Race at Omaha, Nebraska, with a world record speed of 176.7 mph. The forerunner of the National Air Races at Cleveland was the Pulitzer Trophy Race established by newspaper publisher Ralph Pulitzer. He wanted to [...]