Video Thursday 1.20.11

It’s Video Thursday and if you haven’t read or seen the news today, Patriots Point is going to try to interest the Boeing Company in joining us here on Charleston Harbor. The Boeing Company has long been a  supplier of aircraft to the Navy (currently builds the F-18 Hornet) and is now in the process […]

An American First – 18 January 1911

On 18 January 1911, an American, Eugene Ely, successfully landed an aeroplane aboard the USS Pennsylvania anchored in San Francisco Bay. On this brisk January morning, at 11 AM Ely took off from Tanforan racetrack.  USS Pennsylvania was anchored off the San Francisco waterfront and a crowd of spectators ashore, on ships, and small flotilla […]

Video Thursday 1.13.11

It’s Video Thursday! Our first video is what you can see every weekend on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point…lots and lots of scouts…watch scouts from Pack 175 having a blast. On Monday, 17 January, the Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club will be performing at Patriots Point from 1 to 2 pm. Here is a […]

First landing on USS Saratoga (CV-3) 1928

The first launch and recovery of a naval aircraft on the USS Saratoga (CV-3) was made by her Air Officer, Commander Marc A. Mitscher flying a Vought UO-1 aircraft on this date in 1928. Mitscher would go on to play a large role in the fight against the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II.

Josephus Daniels and Naval Aviation 1914

  He was the founder and editor of the Raleigh News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, and had little previous experience with the Navy. As a supporter of Woodrow Wilson in 1911, Daniels was appointed the new president’s Secretary of the Navy. As his assistant secretary, Daniels selected an aristocratic young New York politician named Franklin D. […]

Polaris Launches 07 January 1960

As a young boy boating around Charleston Harbor in the 1960’s, I had to be careful to watch for the wakes of departing and returning Polaris missile submarines, called by the Navy… Fleet Ballistic Submarines or FBMs.  The Cold War would change life in Charleston, South Carolina. New facilities for nuclear submarines at the Charleston […]

Video Thursday…06 January 2011

Welcome to Video Thursday! Since this year is the Centennial Year of Naval Aviation, today we’ll look at some old Naval Aviation technology aka aircraft and some new ones! Ride ‘em cowboy! Check out these early (1922) landings on the USS Langley, CV-1, Yee-haw! Hold on to your hat partners! Here is a clip from […]

Naval Academy Women's Glee Club To Perform At Patriots Point, 17 January

The Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club first pitched a tune in 1976, when the Naval Academy opened for women midshipmen. The current director is Ms. Cindy Bauchspies and the ladies perform a diverse repertoire which includes classical, sacred, folk, patriotic, popular, and Broadway music. Their performances have been held across America and internationally, including recent […]

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 […]