Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Looking Back

Paul Stillwell
February 2009
A Smashing Breakthrough Some years ago I had the pleasure of joining a tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's restoration facility in Silver Hill, Maryland. There, I ...
naval historical center (courtesy of donald f. stewart)

One-Ship Fleet-in-Being

By John D. Barnard
February 2009
Although she engaged in no high-seas battles during the War of 1812, the USS Constellation nevertheless proved to be a powerful presence off Norfolk.

Museum Report

Colin Babb
February 2009
French-Canadian Fortress Returns to Life In February 1760, Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder wrote to his senior general in America, Jeffrey Amherst, that one of hardest-won possessions most recently ...

Book Reviews

February 2009
The Ice Diaries: The Untold Story of the USS Nautilus and the Cold War's Most Daring Mission Captain William R. Anderson, USN, with Don Keith. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2008. ...

America's Amazon Adventure

By Andrew C. A. Jampoler
February 2009
Its goal was ostensibly scientific exploration, but the U.S. Navy's mid-19th-century Amazon expedition also had a much more controversial objective.
Courtesy of Carl Hudechek Jr.

Letters to Iwo Jima

By Alan P. Rems
February 2009
The heroism and sacrifice of 3d Division Marines, as well as their families anguish, are revealed in letters to and from Major General Graves Erskine.
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

On Our Scope

Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
February 2009
One of the best things about working on Naval History is that with each issue we editors get to indulge our love of history. For us, every article is a ...
All Photos courtesy of Lawrence D. Sheely unless otherwise noted

Bonded in Battle

By Earl Rickard
February 2009
U.S. naval aviators' World War I role flying Royal Air Force bombers provided the backdrop for a friendship formed between a pilot and observer.
John Greaves

Raphael Semmes' Long Flight Home

By Captain John A. Rodgaard, U.S. Navy Reserve
February 2009
A scout-plane pilot (not a sea raider), the great-grandson of the CSS Alabama's skipper set out in August 1942 on an Aleutian Adventure.

Flying the Early-Early

By Lieutenant Colonel James L. Cooper, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
February 2009
For a VMA-312 Corsair pilot, the typical 1952 early-morning mission began with wake up at 0400 and did not end until the 0925 postflight cup of coffee.
National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL

A-7 Punch Out over Laos

By Harry Hoffman
February 2009
After the author felt a thump, what had started out as a routine strike mission turned into a harrowing night on a brushy Laotian mountainside.

Historic Aircraft

Norman Polmar
February 2009
The Navy's "Heavies" When the subject of big naval aircraft is raised, one usually thinks of the A3D Skywarrior, the largest aircraft to regularly operate from aircraft carriers, or the ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

Historic Fleets

Robert J. Cressman
February 2009
Very much a bastard child, the eighth warship in United States service to carry the name Wasp was the result of Washington Naval Treaty limits on tonnage. After construction of ...
U.S. Marine Corps

Naval History News

February 2009
The French Did It The string of theories explaining the sinking of Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose on 19 July 1545 has grown by one. According to a new academic ...

In Contact

February 2009
'Battle for Tarawa' (See J. H. Alexander, pp. 10-35, December 2008 Naval History) Murray L. Dear New Zealand had good reason to be grateful for an American victory at ...

Naval History Digital Edition

February 2009
A digital edition of the February issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to view. The magazine image below is a link to the online magazine and ...