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 […]

Antiaircraft Gunfire Director – The Mark 19

With the advent of high-flying and high-speed aircraft, the United States Navy was faced with a new problem, which was ignored until Billy Mitchell’s demonstration of air power in the sinking of the German battleship Ostfriesland in 1921. In 1925 Ford Instrument built an antiaircraft gun director in response to a navy request and delivered […]

Video Thursday 11/25/10

Old technology at work! Here is our old World War II battleship technology at work, notice the effects on the surface of the sea beneath the gun blasts!   Optical illusion of the day…check out the movement of the rotor blades on this Seahawk landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).   Here we are […]

Radio Technology in Naval Aviation 1918

On 17 November 1918 an H-16 flying boat from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia, detected a radio signal via their British six-stage amplifier radio direction finder from a Virginia radio station located at Arlington, Virginia, a distance of 150 miles. Not only had the Navy entered the world of aviation, but now was helping in […]

Centennial event on the USS George H. W. Bush, CVN-77

This event onboard the USS Bush (CVN-77) yesterday, 15 November, was a part of a ceremony to commemorate 100 years of naval aviation. The original Curtis Pusher flown by Eugene Ely took off from the light cruiser USS Birmingham on 14 November 1910 marking the beginning of Naval Aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication […]

Hydraulic catapults enter Navy service 1934

On 15 November 1934, the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics established plans to install hydraulic, flush-deck catapults on the USS Yorktown (CV-5) and USS Enterprise (CV-6). The Type H, Mark I catapult was manufactured by the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was the first to be enclosed under the surface of the carrier flight […]

First United States Navy catapult launch, 12 November 1912

The first launch of a naval aviator and naval aircraft took place from a catapult mounted on a barge at the Washington Navy Yard. On  12 November 1912, Lieutenant  Ellyson, Naval Aviator #1,  made the first successful launch of an airplane by catapult in the Curtiss AH-3. This first catapult used by the Navy was […]

Veterans Day interviews at Patriots Point

  See some of our veterans as they were interviewed on Veterans Day… Click here for WCBD TV Two news story… Click here for WCSC TV Live Five news story… Click here for Chip’s AM Moment If you missed our “Meet and Greet” this year, we’re planning another for next year! It was a great […]