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USS Lexington CV-16 aircraft carrier, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT-16), known as “The Blue Ghost”, was an Essex-class aircraft carrier, the fifth United States Naval ship named in honor of the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington. Laid down as Cabot on 15 July 1941 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass., the ship was renamed Lexington 16 June 1942, after the loss of Lexington (CV-2) in the Battle of the Coral Sea. She was launched 23 September 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Theodore Douglas Robinson; and commissioned 17 February 1943, Captain Felix Budwell Stump, USN in command.



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The Russian Knights at Kubinka Air Base in Moscow, Russia

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

The Russian Knights at Kubinka Air Base in Moscow, Russia.
The Russian Knights (Russian: Русские Витязи) are an aerobatic demonstration team of the Russian Air Force. Originally formed on April 5, 1991 at the Kubinka Air Base as a team of six Sukhoi Su-27s, the team was the first to perform outside the Soviet Union in September 1991 when they toured the United Kingdom. On December 12, 1995, disaster struck as three team members flew into a mountainside while practicing formation flying in adverse weather. Despite this unprecedented tragedy, the team bounced back and now performs with four Su-27P’s and 2 Su-27UB’s and in 2005, the Russian Knights acquired five Su-35 Super Flankers, but due to financial problems, these are not used in the displays.



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ORP Błyskawica - Grom-class destroyer, Gdynia, Poland

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

ORP Błyskawica was Grom-class destroyer serving in the Polish Navy during World War II, currently preserved as a museum … all » ship in Gdynia. It is the only ship of the Polish Navy awarded with the Virtuti Militari medal. She was the latter of two Grom-class destroyers, built for the Polish Navy by J. Samuel White, Cowes. The name means Lightning. The two Groms were some of the most heavily-armed destroyers on the seas before World War II.


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