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Final Farewell to USS Enterprise

Final Farewell to USS Enterprise

The US Navy will decommission the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier next week. The USS Enterprise played a major role in world events that included the Cuban Missile Crisis to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.The final goodbye ceremony will take place on 3 February at Newport News Shipbuilding. That’s the same shipyard where the carrier was built. In 1954,[Read More…]

by January 27, 2017 5 comments Articles, Cold War
A four-ship line abreast formation of Chance-Vought F4U Corsairs over the Hawaiian Islands during WWII. [Photo Credit: National Archives]

Kahului: Maui’s Naval Air Station Turned Airline Gateway

Kahului: Maui’s Naval Air Station Turned Airline Gateway By: Matthew McDaniel On December 7th, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched its sneak attached on Pearl Harbor, grievously wounding the United States’ Pacific naval fleet. Yet, less than a year later, the Hawaiian Islands were bustling with all manner of Allied military activity. The islands quickly became a staging point for personnel[Read More…]

by August 30, 2016 0 comments Pilots, WWII Events
CORONADO, California (July 9, 2016) Retired Cmdr. Dean "Diz" Laird, center, stands in the rear seat of a T-34C Turbomentor with the "Flying Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122. The T-34C marks the 100th aircraft Laird has flown in his 95-year lifetime. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

Legendary Ace Flies His 100th Aircraft in “the Birthplace of Naval Aviation”

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paolo Bayas, CNAF Public Affairs A 95-year-old, 29 1/2-year veteran famous for being the single-known ace to achieve victories against both German and Japanese aircraft during WWII and later becoming a stunt pilot for 20th Century Fox film “Tora Tora Tora” in 1969, flew his 100th aircraft above “the birthplace of naval aviation,” July[Read More…]

by July 11, 2016 1 comment Articles
Patuxent River, Md. (Aug. 3, 2005) - A T-2C Buckeye, assigned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, folds-up its landing gear as it takes off for a training flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) provides instruction to experienced pilots, flight officers, and engineers in the processes and techniques of aircraft and systems test and evaluation. The school investigates and develops new flight test techniques, publishes manuals for use of the aviation test community for standardization of flight test techniques and project reporting, and conducts special projects. USNTPS operates approximately 50 aircraft of 13 types. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain (RELEASED)

T-2C Buckeye Ends 56-Year Navy Career

The Navy’s last flying T-2C Buckeye made its final flight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, Sept. 25, capping 56 years of the aircraft type’s service to the fleet. Although T-2s were officially retired from service in 2008 with a “sundown” ceremony, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 at NAS Patuxent River continued to use three Buckeyes[Read More…]

by October 8, 2015 0 comments Jet News, Warbirds News
USS Ranger Moving to Texas

USS Ranger Moving to Texas

As WarbirdsNews reported in December last year (click HERE), the former US Navy Forrestal-class aircraft carrier, CV 61 ex-USS Ranger failed to find a satisfactory home as a museum ship, thus ending any chance that she might live on a few more years. The sad day came on March 5th, 2015 as the tug boats started the ex-USS Ranger on[Read More…]

by March 9, 2015 2 comments Articles, Interesting Facts