Video Thursday, 23 Dec 2010

It’s Video Thursday and tomorrow is Christmas Eve! Enjoy these holiday videos and Merry Christmas to one and all! Our first video to remind you that NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command – a joint American-Canadian defense agency) will be tracking Santa as usual this year, the NORAD Santa tracking website is here… Anyone remember […]

First Magnetic Launch of Naval Aircraft!

The first magnetic launch of a naval aircraft took place a few days ago, 18 December, at NAVAIR Lakehurst, New Jersey. The electromagnetic aircraft launch system or EMALS was tested using a F-18 Super Hornet. The new EMALS catapults will be installed into the new Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers as they enter the fleet. […]

Puckered Penguins Make History, 20 December 1955

Two P2V Neptune and two R5D Skymaster aircraft of VX-6 , aka the Puckered Penguins, completed the first air transportation link with Antarctica by establishing a route between Christchurch, New Zealand and McMurdo Naval Air Facility, Antarctica on 20 December 1955. This link by naval aviation was vital in Operation Deep Freeze I,  which  would […]

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 […]