The Battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) “The Big Stick”

During World War Two the US Navy built 4 of the 45,000 tonne Iowa Class Battleships to dominate the oceans and Axis navies. Having visited three of the sister ships in 2013: USS New Jersey (BB-62 in Camden, New Jersey), USS Missouri (BB-63 in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii ) and USS Wisconsin (BB-64 in Norfolk, Virginia) I needed to complete the set and visit the class…

The Battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) “Mighty Mo”

The USS Missouri (BB-63) is an Iowa Class Battleship launched January 29th, 1944 and commissioned on June 11th, 1944. She served in the US Navy until 1955 when she became part of the ready reserve “Mothball Fleet” but was recommissioned in 1986 and went back into service until 1992. At 270.4 metres (887.3 feet) in length with a displacement of 45,000 tonnes she is a big…

Semper Fi – US Marine Corps

Semper Fidelis or often shortened to Semper Fi is the motto of the US Marine Corps and is Latin for “Always Faithful” or “Always Loyal“. US Marines have been protecting their nations interests since November 10th, 1775 when they were formed to fight for independence at sea and on the shore. By congressional mandate the Marines are their…

Washington DC – The Memorials

Along and near the National Mall in Washington DC are some of the nations most significant memorials and monuments. They stand in silent tribute to former leaders, significant people and the soldiers who lived and died for liberty and freedom.

“The Big J” – USS New Jersey

In my endless quest to see everything I have ever been interested in since I was a kid, I recently walked across the Ben Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River from Philadelphia, PA to Camden, NJ to see the mighty Iowa Class Battleship the USS New Jersey (BB-62) known as “The Big J“. She served from 1942 to 1991…

A shrink-wrapped Boeing B-29 Superfortress!

December 29th, 2011 There is currently a very unusual sight outside Seattle’s Museum of Flight at Boeing Field, a shrink-wrapped WW2 era Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber known as “T-Square 54“! This is the first time since 2003 that the aircraft has been publicly displayed (albeit in shrink-wrap). This valuable aircraft has been cocooned to protect it from natures elements as…