January 2011


The incomparable Neptunus Lex reminds us that One Hundred Years Ago Today….

Eugene Ely redefined COOL….

It’s a great post! Read it all!

Congratulations to US Navy Carrier Aviation, born one hundred years ago today. Along with a bunch of pilots who are just about the coolest.

Why just about the coolest? Well, because…

Posted by UltimaRatioReg in Air Force, Army, Aviation, Coast Guard, History, Marine Corps, Maritime Security, Navy

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  • So apparently, crashing your airplane into a ship as frequently as possible is cool?

  • And barely two months after he flew the first plane off a ship (USS BIRMINGHAM near Old Point Comfort in Norfolk, VA).  Ely sure got around!

  • Old Air Force Sarge

    With Artillery, War is made.
    – Napoleon

    Artillery adds dignity, to what would otherwise be an ugly brawl.
    – Friederich der Grosse

    (And this coming from the father of a Super Hornet WSO and father-in-law of a Super Hornet pilot!)

  • Wharf Rat

    Thanks for posting this. A great Navy day.

  • UltimaRatioReg


    So they tell me….

  • Andy (JADAA)

    After landing, Ely then argued for ten minutes with the LSO, LT Pettibone, about his (OK)-7 landing grade. After which he was heard to remark, “I was robbed. And what’s this about no per diem?!?”

  • NASASquid

    “It’s a trap!” Adm. Ackbar

  • CDR B

    Accounts of what it was like being on the receiving end of artillery … or air or naval gunfire for that matter … don’t point to anything like a dignified experience.