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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Whale in Vietnam

Our newest aircraft the Douglas A-3D, Skywarrior aka Whale, served during the Vietnam War. Its primary mission in the EA-3 variant was to warn Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force aviators, whenever SAMs (surface to air  missiles) were launched at them. On Tuesday, 14 September, one of the former crew members, who actually flew in [...]

USNA '73 Reunion

Last Saturday, 17 July, Patriots Point was the site of a reunion for five members of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1973. Their service in the United States Navy was performed in various warfare specialties: CDR Dalton was a surface warfare officer and later supply officer, CAPT Watt was a naval flight officer [...]