Preview to Veterans Day and "Veterans of the Fighting Lady" Portrait Exhibit

Join us on 11 November to commemorate Veterans Day on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. Our volunteer-veterans will be holding a “Meet and Greet” from 10 am to 2 pm on USS Yorktown. Our veteran participants include servicemen from most branches of the Armed Forces and from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and […]

Naval Research Laboratory and RADAR

Eighty years ago on 05 November 1930, L. C. Young and L. A. Hyland of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) detected an aircraft while conducting experiments in the directional effects of radio. This discovery led to the creation of a NRL project for “Detection of Enemy Vessels and Aircraft by Radio.” First experiments used a […]

Video Thursday, 10.04.10

Here are my top three videos this week, one serious and two for fun! Send me your top video and if I use it you become eligible for this month’s prize, passes for four and a personal tour by our very own Top Gun graduate. Enjoy Video Thursday! To prepare for Veterans Day next week, […]

Curtiss-Navy racer sets World Speed Record, 1921

On 03 November 1921, pilot Bert Acosta flying the Curtiss-Navy racer powered by a 400-h.p. Curtiss engine, won the Pulitzer Race at Omaha, Nebraska, with a world record speed of 176.7 mph. The forerunner of the National Air Races at Cleveland was the Pulitzer Trophy Race established by newspaper publisher Ralph Pulitzer. He wanted to […]

Second Yale Unit, 1917

A group of Yale students volunteered to form a flying unit for the United States Navy in February 1917 and they enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve as seamen second class on 16 April 1917, ten days after the American declaration of war. They were ordered to Buffalo, New York, for flight training at […]

Father of Naval Aviation Birthdate

Today is the birthday of the naval officer who was able to foresee a power air arm of the United States Navy. William Adger Moffett was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on 31 October 1869. He was the son of Confederate Captain George Hall Moffett, who had served at Fort Sumter and under General Johnson […]

American aircraft carriers and the Suez Crisis 1956

Whenever a crisis happens in the world, ever since World War II, our Presidents have probably asked as one of their first questions, “Where are our carriers?” On 29 October 1956, Israeli forces invaded Egyptian territory after Egyptian President Gamal Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. British and French forces would join in the invasion two […]

Video Thursday 10/28!

Time for my top videos of the week! Hope you enjoy them, again send me links to your favorite videos and the best one I receive during the month of November will receive an early Christmas present from Patriots Point! This is one for Veterans Day! Here’s a scary one for Halloween, pitching decks and […]