Wright Brothers Bring The Dream Alive!

It was on 17 December 1903 that the whole aviation dream came  alive with the Wright Brothers’ first four flights at  Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Their aircraft had to use a single track like a ship’s catapult, so they could have been naval aviators! Only the two Wright brothers and the five man crew (John […]

Curtiss SOC "Seagull" 1934

On 15 December 1936 the Secretary of the Navy, Virginian Claude A. Swanson, approved acceptance of a new observation/scouting plane, the Curtiss XO3C-1, later designated the SOC (Scout Observation Curtiss) and nicknamed “Seagull.” It would operate from battleships and cruisers from late 1935 through the World War II years. The aircraft was used for search, […]

USS Lexington, CV-2, Commissioned 1927

Testifying before the House Naval Affairs Committee on 21 February 1922, Bureau of Naval Aeronautics Chief, Rear Admiral William A. Moffett, told the committee that unless the United States built the “full allowance of carriers assigned to us by the terms of the treaty (Washington Naval Conference Treaty 1922)…our Navy can never be anything but […]

First dive bombing tests 1926

The first dive bombing exercise by the United States Navy was reported on 13 December 1926 by Rear Admiral J. M. Reeves. The Boeing FB-5 and the Curtiss F6C were used as dive bombing platforms. Naval aviators from VF-2 (today’s VFA-2) scored 19 hits with 45 bombs on a target 100 feet by 45 feet. […]

Go Navy! Sink Army!

Tomorrows BIG game features Army against Navy! Army’ record this year is six wins and five losses. Navy has eight wins and three losses. This Saturday’s game marks the 111th  time the two have played and this years Navy seniors are hoping to complete a sweep of the Army during their time at Annapolis! The […]

Video Thursday, 09 December 2010

It’s the holiday season and for a little fun, if you hadn’t seen this one before it is a classic bit of everything you see is not necessarily so in the air or on the ground… In today’s uncertain world, even Santa Claus has turned to Navy Fighter pilots to learn a few air combat […]

United States Declares War on the Imperial Japanese Empire, 1941

Interestingly, the United States declared war on the same date that the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked Pearl Harbor. Because of the International Dateline, the Japanese attack came on 08 December in Japan, and President Roosevelt would make his speech asking for a declaration of war from Congress on 08 December. Listen to President Roosevelt as […]

Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point 2010

Today two hundred and sixty-six Americans gathered on a cold, windy 07 December at Patriots Point to remember Pearl Harbor. The memorial program was put together and run by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10624, Glenn Jeffers Post and the South Carolina Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Six Pearl Harbor survivors attended the ceremony:  […]

No Christmas For Valley Forge, 06 December 1950

Arriving at San Diego on 01 December 1950 from her first successful Korean combat cruise, the Valley Forge’s crew were dreaming of being home by Christmas. Indeed, most of the armed forces in Korea were dreaming of the war over by Christmas, after MacArthur’s successful amphibious landing at Inchon in mid-September and the roll back […]

Navy Altitude Record 1915

On 03 December 1915, Naval Aviator #14 Lieutenant Richard C. Saufley set an American altitude record flying the Curtiss AH-14 to 11,975 feet over Pensacola, Florida. Saufley was a member of the first class of naval aviators to be trained at Pensacola, Florida. He was born on 1 September 1884 at Stanford, Kentucky. Saufley graduated […]