Naval History Magazine - February 2011 Volume 25, Number 1

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Twenty-five years ago, the Navy played an indispensable role in the U.S. confrontation with Moammar Gadhafi, a showdown that culminated with a night of air strikes against terrorist...


  • Contributors

    Thomas J. Cutler is a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander and former gunner’s mate second class who served in patrol craft, destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers. His many works on naval history include one of...

  • On Our Scope

    If you’re like me, out-of-town travel often includes a trip back in time. There’s usually a historic ship, battlefield, or history museum to explore. That’s certainly what I found when I made a quick trip to the Florida...

  • Flight Line
    By Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum

    The First Tentative Steps

  • Hellcat Ace in a Day—Twice!
    Interview by Paul Stillwell
    In excerpts from his new U.S. Naval Institute oral history, Captain David McCampbell, the Navy’s all-time leading fighter ace, recounts two historic days of Pacific war aerial combat.

  • 'Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight'
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    As a historic American ship faces an uncertain future, the author of A Sailor’s History of the U.S. Navy remembers the endangered Olympia’s moment of glory.

    She is unique—no sister...

  • When Frank Jack Met Maggie
    By Stephen D. Regan
    Years before he achieved fame at Coral Sea and Midway, Frank Jack Fletcher skippered a creaky old steam yacht acquired by the Navy in World War I. The assignment was a high-seas comedy of errors.


  • Fire Down Below!
    By Christopher Edwards
    What started as a routine day for the USS Bennington quickly turned into a nightmare: Explosions and fires killed 102 in one of the worst peacetime disasters in Navy history.

    In the early morning air of a...

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  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    A Night at the Ballpark

  • In Contact

    Army’s Turn Flying CAP

    John Pauly

  • Naval History News

    Discovery Stirs Echoes of Ancient Roman Naval Battle

    Archaeologists working in the Mediterranean Sea have found the sunken remains of an ancient warship that is believed to be from the Battle of the Aegates Islands, the decisive...

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    ‘A Mighty Important’ Makeshift Flagship

    “Our ship was neither a troopship nor a warship,” the renowned war correspondent Ernie Pyle observed, “but it was a mighty important ship. It was not huge; just...

  • Historic Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar

    The Navy’s First

    Orville and Wilbur Wright developed the principles of manned, powered flight, first demonstrated on 17 December 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with their Wright Flyer. But it was Glenn Hammond Curtiss who...

  • America's First Strike Against Terrorism
    Lieutenant Commander Joseph T. Stanik, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Twenty-five years ago, the Navy played an indispensable role in the U.S. confrontation with Moammar Gadhafi, a showdown that culminated with a night of air strikes against terrorist-related targets in Libya.

    In the predawn...

  • The Washington Wins the Draw
    By James D. Hornfischer
    In the dark waters of Ironbottom Sound on the night of 14-15 November 1942, Rear Admiral Willis Lee’s warships got the jump on a Japanese bombardment force bearing down on Guadalcanal. As described in an excerpt from the...
  • What Goes Up . . .
    By Daniel J. Demers
    The aviator already had taken off from a ship. Now he had to show skeptics that the riskier task of landing on one was possible. He succeeded—leaving an indelible imprint on the future of naval warfare.

    A nasty 15-...

  • Book Reviews

    Such Men as These: The Story of the Navy Pilots Who Flew the Deadly Skies over Korea

    David Sears. Foreword by Admiral James L. Holloway III, U.S. Navy (Retired). Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2010. 432 pp. Maps. Illus. Notes. Gloss....

  • Museum Report
    By Equipment Operator Chief (Seabee Combat Warfare) Peter L. Magoon, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Combine Naval History with a Day of Fun

  • Naval History Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the February issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to view....


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