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Dec 1

December 1, 1921: First flight of airship filled with helium

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 1:32 PM


Blimp C-7 was piloted by LCDR Ralph F. Wood from Norfolk, Virginia to Washington, DC during the first flight of an airship filled with helium on December 1, 1921. The design of the “C” model was based upon operational experience and was a decided advance over the “B”. The “C”s were 192 feet long and 42 feet in diameter, and had a streamlined car for the six-man crew. Speed ranged from 45-60 mph.  

Oct 18

Wasp and Frolic: October 18th, 1812

Monday, October 18, 2010 8:38 AM


Image is from the Beverly R. Robinson Collection, United States Naval Academy Museum.

Oct 13

Reflecting on the Navy’s Heritage on its 235th Birthday

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:00 AM


Adapted from Chapter 2 of the 24th edition of The Bluejacket’s Manual by Thomas J. Cutler Even though the United States is the fourth largest nation in the world in terms of land area, it has always been a maritime nation, focusing on the sea as one of its most important assets. During the colonial period and in the early days of the Republic, it was much easier to travel from colony to colony or state to state by ship than by horse or on foot, and fishing, whaling, and overseas trade were among the fledgling nation’s earliest businesses. One… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

From Our Archives: On the Study of Naval History

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:11 AM


  On the Study of Naval History By Rear-Admiral Stephen B. Luce, U. S. N. Proceedings Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 2, Whole Number 41 in the year 1887 INTRODUCTORY. The term “Naval Tactics” has been used in such a general way as to lead to some confusion of ideas regarding its true meaning. Some writers restrict it to the evolutionary movements of a fleet, and such as are to be found in the Tactical Signal Book; others limit it to the manner of conducting a fleet in battle; while others again use the term in both senses, and often in such… Read the rest of this entry »