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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Here is the full video story on our Veterans of the Fighting Lady exhibit created by Shell Royster and Steven Hyatt. Enjoy!
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