FREE Admission Weekend this Saturday-Sunday, 8-9 January 2011

  Everyone is invited to Patriots Point’s “FREE Admission” weekend to kickoff the Centennial Anniversary of Naval Aviation (1911-2011). Come aboard and visit our ships, the Medal of Honor museum, aircraft, and Vietnam Support Base for FREE.  Hours are from 9 am to 6:30 pm both days. Climb aboard for a FREE tour of the […]

Happy New Year! and State of "Call the Ball"

Happy New Year! I just received the info below from the stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com. Thank you to all who read and commented on the blog and please subscribe (see the window-Email subscription- to the right, fill in with your email). The blog monkeys mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s […]

Apollo 8 Anniversary and FREE Weekend in January 2011

  Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the recovery of the Apollo 8 crew by the USS Yorktown in 1968, read the story here…   Also today, Patriots Point announces a FREE Admission Weekend on 8-9 January 2011 to kickoff the Centennial Anniversary of Naval Aviation (1911-2011), Patriots Point invites the Lowcountry community and the […]

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. […]