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USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) at sea in 1960 with various aircraft of Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 54 (CVSG-54) on deck. Visible are four Douglas AD-5W Skyraider AEW-aircraft of VAW-12 Det. 34 Bats, several Sikorsky HSS Seabat helicopters of HS-5 Nightdippers and numerous Grumman S2F Tracker anti-submarine aircraft of VS-22 Checkmates and VS-32 Norsemen. Date 28 June 1960. Source Official US Navy photo NH 97437

Was browsing around, ended up reading about the Essex-class carrier USS Lake Champlain (CV-39), and found out a couple of interesting things about her that I didn’t know. First, she got the updated island superstructure and jet-handling upgrades of the SCB-27 program, but she never got the angled flight deck: Also, during Operation Magic Carpet […]

‘Planes. As in Plural.’ – 12 Years On

Two years ago: “We have some planes.” The man who said that is no longer in this world, and Murdoc strongly suspects that he is disappointed about how things turned out for him in the next one. For Murdoc’s thoughts and feelings about what happened on this day in 2001, see 9/11 Report: “Planes. As […]

Pearl Harbor

NOTE: This is a re-post from 2009. There are a lot of familiar images from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Here is one of them: Those who don’t know or haven’t looked closely might not notice that there are two destroyers in front of the battleship. The drydock had been […]

Tuesday, 11 September

Murdoc was in NYC for the first time last month and took a tour of the WTC Memorial. While there, he snapped this picture: I’ve written about Rescorla a number of times over the years, always pointing to this incredible post at Mudville Gazette. The tenth anniversary has come and gone. The sharp edges of […]

Starfish Prime

The 50th anniversary of Starfish Prime: the nuke that shook the world On July 9, 1962 — 50 years ago today — the United States detonated a nuclear weapon high above the Pacific Ocean. Designated Starfish Prime, it was part of a dangerous series of high-altitude nuclear bomb tests at the height of the Cold […]

Day of Days

Just finished re-watching Episode 2 (‘Day of Days’) of Band of Brothers with the family. We always watch either that or The Longest Day for D-Day. By coincidence, we watched during the time of day over there that they were jumping. According to Wikipedia, Mission Albany (the 101st Airborne Division) jumped between 00:48 and 01:40 […]