Friday, June 2, 2017

TheList 4469

To All,

I hope your week has been going well. This is a short one and I will pick it up on Sunday when I return from my trip.
This Day In Naval History - June 1
1813 - HMS Shannon captures USS Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence. As the mortally wounded Captain Lawrence was carried below, he ordered "Tell the men to fire faster! Don't give up the ship!" These words would live on in naval history. Oliver Hazard Perry honored his dead friend Lawrence when he had the motto sewn onto the private battle flag flown during the Battle of Lake Erie, 10 September 1813.
1871 - RADM Rodgers lands in Korea with a party of Sailors and Marines and captures 5 forts to secure protection for U.S. citizens after Americans were fired upon and murdered.
1914 - General Order 99 prohibits alcohol on board naval vessels, or at navy yards or stations
1915 - First contract for lighter-than-air craft for Navy
1939 - Director of the Naval Research Laboratory, Captain Hollis M.
Cooley, proposes research in atomic energy for future use in nuclear powered submarine
1944 - ZP-14 Airships complete first crossing of Atlantic by non-rigid lighter-than-air aircraft
1954 - First test of steam catapult from USS Hancock
This Day In Naval History - June 2
1941 - First escort carrier, USS Long Island (CVE-1), commissioned
1943: USS PC 565 sinks German submarine U 521 off the Virginia capes. The German sub had sunk four Allied merchant vessels, including two U.S. vessels: tanker Hahira (Nov. 3, 1942) and merchant Molly Pitcher (March 18, 1943).
This Day In Naval History - June 3
1785 - Order to sell last ship remaining in Continental Navy, frigate Alliance. No other Navy were ships authorized until 1794.
1898 - Collier Merrimac sunk in channel leading to Santiago, Cuba in unsuccessful attempt to trap Spanish fleet. The crew was captured and later received the Medal of Honor.
1949 - Wesley A. Brown becomes the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy.
1966 - Launch of Gemini 9, piloted by LCDR Eugene A. Cernan, USN.
The mission included 45 orbits over 3 days. Recovery was by USS Wasp (CVS-18).
Today in History
June 1
The Roman emperor, Marcus Didius, is murdered in his palace.
Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's new queen, is crowned.
The British government orders the port of Boston closed.
The first U.S. congressional act on administering oaths becomes law.
American navy captain James Lawrence, mortally wounded in a naval engagement with the British, exhorts to the crew of his vessel, the Chesapeake, "Don't give up the ship!"
General Robert E. Lee assumes command of the Confederate army outside Richmond after General Joe Johnston is injured at Seven Pines.
The Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia, begins as Confederate general Robert E. Lee tries to turn Union general Ulysses S. Grant's flank.
James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, dies.
U.S. troops are authorized to pursue bandits into Mexico.
Germany conducts the first zeppelin air raid over England.
The National Defense Act increases the strength of the U.S. National Guard by 450,000 men.
A race riot erupts in Tulsa, Oklahoma, killing 85 people.
The Douglas DC-4 makes its first passenger flight from Chicago to New York.
The German Army completes the capture of Crete as the Allied evacuation ends.
America begins sending Lend-Lease materials to the Soviet Union.
Charles de Gaulle becomes premier of France.
Governor George Wallace vows to defy an injunction ordering integration of the University of Alabama.
The U.S. reports finding wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow.
Thanks to  TR
World War 2 History: Destroyer USS Johnston Attacks Battleships and Cruisers | Owlcation
Thanks to Dick and John
Nice repeat.
Subject: Fw: Fwd: PBY & Battle of Midway
This plane saved a lot of fliers lives who were either shot down or aircraft malfunction required "ditching" in water areas of the world.
  PBY "Strawberry 5"

The Navy PBY had no wing flaps. The pilot used no gauges. He was expected to look out the windows. It was the flight engineer that flew the plane. There was a cook and kitchen on board because the plane flew long missions. The plane was sectioned off with water tight doors between different areas so that if it went down, then not all areas would be flooded.
We see a lot on the restorations of WWII era bombers and fighters, but this one is something quite unusual.

The story of PBY-5A CATALINA (Strawberry 5) discovery and restoration for the US Navy museum in San Diego. It was the only remaining intact PBY 5 Catalina remaining in the World, and it was discovered in South Africa .

  Click below: a/ooyala/index.php?w=640&h= 360&embedCode=l5cnRrbjoBGoU3i9 mNk2WnlSwfvifrlA
Thanks to Chuck
U2 Pilot
*Men like this guy never get any attention in the press, and that's how
they prefer it.*
*Unfortunately, but understandably, not all U-2 pilots survived to tell
their stories in their old age.*

Cliff Beeler was a spy.
He didn't hang out on shadowy street corners with his trench coat collar
obscuring his face. The Air Force major, now retired, spent his snooping
time in a plane.
Beeler, 88, of Riverside, was a U-2 pilot at the height of the Cold War.
His missions took him over Russia, Cuba and China, photographing targets
from nearly 80,000 feet in the sky.
His planes crashed more than once. He was occasionally targeted by MIG
fighters, and he once landed on and took off from an aircraft carrier in
the Pacific using only a few feet of the deck.
Beeler, who grew up in Santa Ana and spent most of his retirement in Santa
Barbara, is a resident of Air Force Village West, near March Air Reserve
Base. Recent back surgery has left him reliant on a walker, but his
memories are as vibrant as ever.
He remembers enlisting at 19, learning to fly a P-51 fighter and being on
his way to Saipan to get ready for the invasion of Japan . Then the United
States dropped its atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ...
The war was over, and Beeler was sent home. Unlike many of his fellow
pilots who left the service,

 Beeler stayed in. He learned to fly the Air Force's first jets and then
trained others to fly them.
Then the U-2 program caught his eye. "I wanted to fly the latest," he
There were never more than 24 pilots in the program, he said. In 1958, he
entered the program. He spent seven years flying missions high above the
Earth - out of the range of other planes and most other defenses - in the
long-winged, lightweight plane.
It was not an easy task, he said.
As a plane climbs in altitude and the air thins, it must go faster to
a stall. The higher it climbs, the faster it needs to fly. Above 70,000
feet, the critical stall speed approaches the plane's Mach speed, or the
speed of sound - somewhere above 650 mph at that altitude. If that barrier
is crossed, the shock waves can break the plane apart. U-2 pilots usually
had a window of less than 12 mph between the two speeds. They had to keep
the plane within that window for hours at a time.
Beeler learned the hard way what it meant to violate that window. He was
above Louisiana on a night flight when he reached Mach speed.
"It tore the tail off," he said. "The plane flipped over, and that tore
wing off."
The plane fell apart, he said, and at 78,000 feet, "I'm out in space.
That's a long way down."
Fortunately, he was in a pressure suit with oxygen and had a parachute.
After a long freefall, he opened his chute and found himself floating
toward the ground. To his right, he could see lights on the ground. To his
left, the same. But beneath him, all was black.
He remembered he was over Louisiana
"I said, 'That looks like a swamp.' "
It was.
"I landed in a big cypress tree," he said. "My chute got caught and swung
me into the trunk."
Telling the story, Beeler reached down toward his calf, "I always kept a
double-bladed knife in my pocket," he said. He was able to cut himself
of the parachute and use the ties to lash himself to the tree.
He took off his helmet and dropped it into the darkness below. There was a
distant splash.
"All I could think about was alligators and cottonmouths in the swamp," he
Lucky for Beeler, the breakup of his plane had been spotted on radar.
Within an hour and a half a rescue helicopter was overhead.
Another close call came over Cuba ..
Beeler said MIG jets would fly beneath the U-2 planes, at about 50,000
feet. The fighter pilots would sometimes attempt to reach the spy planes
turning on their afterburners and flying straight up, higher than the Mugs
were capable of operating effectively.
A Cuban pilot's effort was particularly memorable, Beeler said.
"I look back and there's this MIG tumbling about 50 feet off my wing," he
said. The plane was so close that he could see the pilot's face.
Remembering, Beeler turned his hand cockeyed in front of his face. "His
goggles were like this and his face was . " The sentence ends in a
Beeler's eyes and mouth wide. "He was sure scared up there."
Beeler took the U-2 on numerous missions over Cuba, providing information
on the country's armaments and the strength of its air force. Images from
U-2 flights, he said, showed that Castro had only a few dozen bombers
instead of the more than 400 he had claimed.
At one point, Beeler said, President John F. Kennedy stopped by the U-2
headquarters in Del Rio, Texas, to talk to the pilots.
"He said, 'You guys gave me information that prevented World War III at
least twice,' " Beeler said.
Sometimes the U-2's high resolution, long-range camera captured images
had nothing to do with national security.
During one Cuban mission, Beeler spent some time following the coastline.
Afterward, he was called into the lab by the man in charge of analyzing
"He showed me a picture of this Cuban gal sunbathing nude on the beach,"
Beeler said. "It was so clear I could see she had blue eyes. (The analyst)
said, 'The only film these guys want to work with is your film.' "
Returning from another mission, he took some images over San Diego. Later,
he was shown a photo of a man sitting in his backyard reading the paper.
"I could read the headline on the newspaper," he said.
*Beeler is semi-famous among pilots for landing his U-2 on an aircraft
carrier. The landing followed a mission over northeast Russia . The U-2's
80-foot wingspan meant it could only go a short distance before it
with the superstructure of the ship. Because of the ship's speed and a
headwind, Beeler said he was able to touch down and come to a stop in
five feet.*
"When I came aboard they had a ceremony welcoming the Air Force into the
Navy. I said, 'I don't have much I like about the Navy except one thing,'
he said. That one thing was the Navy pilots' leather jackets. Before he
left the ship the following day, the captain had given him one.
It lasted.
"I gave it to my son last week," he said.
Among the military photos and plaques on the wall of his room is a framed
row of medals from his service, including the Distinguished Service Cross.
He points to the photo of one plane, a B-46.
"It was the God-almighty bomber," he said. But he declined a chance to fly
those planes.
"I didn't like the mission," he said. "Go out and drop bombs. I wanted to
shoot things up."
After he left the service, in 1965, Beeler said he worked on the Apollo 5
program for three years. He was in charge of purchasing the equipment for
the swing arm on the launch tower, he said.
He spent the next 25 years selling airplanes. He had his own dealership in
the Santa Barbara area.
When his wife, Mary, developed Alzheimer's disease, he retired to take
of her. After five years, he felt he needed help, so he moved with her to
Air Force Village West, which has a nursing home on its campus.
"She lasted 11 days after I brought her here," Beeler said. "I guess I
her about as long as I could."
The couple, who were married for 65 years, had two sons. The elder son
lives in Corona and comes to see him most days, Beeler said.
For Veterans Day, he said, he doesn't have any big plans.
"I'll probably sleep late," he said.


Thanks to Dutch
The Amazing Human Body; God's Engineering
Thanks to Ben
Reading this, is it any wonder you are tired at the end of a day?
What a Body Does in a Day:
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