Second Yale Unit, 1917

A group of Yale students volunteered to form a flying unit for the United States Navy in February 1917 and they enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve as seamen second class on 16 April 1917, ten days after the American declaration of war. They were ordered to Buffalo, New York, for flight training at [...]

Father of Naval Aviation Birthdate

Today is the birthday of the naval officer who was able to foresee a power air arm of the United States Navy. William Adger Moffett was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on 31 October 1869. He was the son of Confederate Captain George Hall Moffett, who had served at Fort Sumter and under General Johnson [...]

American aircraft carriers and the Suez Crisis 1956

Whenever a crisis happens in the world, ever since World War II, our Presidents have probably asked as one of their first questions, “Where are our carriers?” On 29 October 1956, Israeli forces invaded Egyptian territory after Egyptian President Gamal Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. British and French forces would join in the invasion two [...]

Video Thursday 10/28!

Time for my top videos of the week! Hope you enjoy them, again send me links to your favorite videos and the best one I receive during the month of November will receive an early Christmas present from Patriots Point! This is one for Veterans Day! Here’s a scary one for Halloween, pitching decks and [...]

USS Akron Commissioned 1931

USS Akron was commissioned at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, on 27 October 1931. She was 785 feet in length and weighed 242,356 pounds. The ZRS-4 was built in 1931 in the largest hangar in the world. The designation, ZRS, was used by the Navy to distinguish ships or aircraft as to type and mission [...]

First landing on the Navy's first aircraft carrier!

On 26 October 1922, Lieutenant Commander Godfrey de Chevalier, USN, flew his Aeromarine 39-B on to the flight deck of the United States Navy’s first aircraft carrier, USS Langley (CV-1), while cruising off Cape Henry, Virginia. Chevalier had launched from the Navy’s Yorktown Naval Aviation Field at Yorktown, Virginia (more on Yorktown Airfield). History was [...]

Victory at Sea, 25 October 1812

One hundred and ninety-eight years ago, the young United States Navy gained a victory at sea against the world’s most powerful Navy, when the USS President defeated the HMS Macedonian in a sea battle¬† west of the Canary Islands. Captain Stephen Decatur used his sailing skills and long-range firing accuracy to destroy Macedonian’s mizzen top [...]

Centennial of Naval Aviation

Next year, 2011, will mark the centennial of Naval Aviation in the United States Navy. It will be a year marked by many celebrations and remembrances across the nation of the contribution of men and women who served flying or fixing or servicing the many aircraft of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Stay tuned [...]

Veterans of the Fighting Lady video!

Imaging Arts Gallery will exhibit a series of portraits by local portrait photographers, displaying veterans who have served or serve today on the USS Yorktown (CV-10). These veterans are from the World War II through the Vietnam War eras and several different branches of service. The portraits were taken in many different spots on location [...]

Victory at Yorktown, 1781

Today marks the two hundred and twenty-ninth anniversary of the American and French defeat of the British Army under Lord General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. Above is the John Trumbull’s oil painting of the surrender, in which Lord Cornwallis declined to appear, but sent his second General O’Hara to offer his sword. Read here for [...]