Bureau of Naval Aeronautics founded 1921

Yesterday marked the 89th anniversary of the formation of the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics on 10 August 1921. Charlestonian Captain William Adger Moffett was nominated by President Harding to become the first Chief of the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics, a position he would hold until his death in the crash of the airship Akron in [...]

Blue Angels wow scouts on Yorktown Saturday night!

As the sun set Saturday, 17 April, on the Yorktown, the entire Blue Angels team (officer and enlisted) converged on Hangar Deck 3 to meet and greet our weekend campers! Every pilot, except LT C. J. Simonsen (who was doing a maintenance hop getting a jet ready for Sunday’s performance), showed up to talk with [...]

Yorktown Association returns for 62nd Reunion!

Former crewmembers of the USS Yorktown began arriving today for their 62nd Reunion! The first reunion was 15 April 1948 (5th anniversary of  CV-10′s commissioning) in New York City at Ruppert’s Brewery.  The guests of honor were Rear Admiral “Jocko” Clark (1st commanding officer) and Rear Admiral R. R. Walker (1st executive officer). Along with [...]

October 5th – Carriers and Hellcats!

05 October 1943 was a day of “Firsts” for the United States Navy. It was the first use of multiple carrier groups in battle with the use of three new Essex carriers (Essex CV-9, Yorktown CV-10, Lexington CV-16) and three smaller carriers against Japanese forces on Wake Island and marked the first combat kill of [...]

64th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) – 02 September 1945

As the sun came up on 02 September 1945, the USS Yorktown was steaming 30 miles east of  Sagami Wan.  The formal surrender ceremony was scheduled later in the morning on the USS Missouri. The ceremony began at 0930 and lasted one hour. The proceedings were transmitted to all ships and the crews listened via [...]

Naval aviators in space!

Forty years ago today at 9:32 AM (EST) Apollo 11 launched from Pad 39A on its way to the moon. The mission commander was former naval aviator Neil Armstrong. Neil had honed his pilot skills by taking off and landing on Essex class carriers  from 1950 to 1952. Attached to VF-51 onboard the USS Essex [...]