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 […]

Video Thursday 02 Dec 2010

Welcome to Video Thursday! Have you ever wondered what it is like to pilot a Navy jet aboard a moving mass of steel at sea? Here’s your chance, watch this S-3 Viking pilot below, see his methodical scan from cockpit instruments to the ship and back and forth again as he approaches the ship, you […]

Happy Birthday Fighting Lady aka USS Yorktown!

Today sixty-nine years ago, the keel of the USS Yorktown was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding, not far from the battle site of Yorktown, Virginia. The mighty Fighting Lady (nickname given by her crew in World War II) is now a museum ship fighting the ravages of time instead of the Imperial Japanese Navy and […]

End of the Airship Era, 1959?

On 30 November 1959, the Airship Training Group at Naval Air Station (NAS) Glynco, Georgia, was decommissioned, bringing an end to lighter-than-air training in the United States Navy.  Click on this link to learn more about the history of Navy airships… NAS Glynco was constructed in World War II and featured two blimp hangars that […]

First Naval Aviator Training 1910

On 29 November 1910, Glenn H. Curtiss wrote to the Secretary of the Navy under President Taft, the Honorable George von Lengerke Meyer. In his letter to the Secretary of the Navy, Curtiss offered to train one naval officer as a pilot for no charge, in order to develop “the adaptability of the aeroplane to […]

First combat air patrol 1917

On 22 November 1917, a Tellier seaplane flown by a naval aviator, Ensign Kenneth R. Smith, was forced down at sea on his flight out of Naval Air Station LeCroisic at the mouth of the Loire River to investigate a report of German submarines south of Belle Isle.  Two days later and minutes before his […]

Picture of the Weekend, J-35C "Lightning II"

Here is the “Lightning II” piloted by David “Doc” Nelson. The “Lightning II” departed Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and achieved successful air refuels at a maximum load of 19,800 pounds during the flight. At Patuxent River, the F-35C will conduct air-to-air refueling and performance testing. Most naval aircraft eventually get a […]