Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the recovery of the Apollo 8 crew by the USS Yorktown in 1968, read the story here…
Also today, Patriots Point announces a FREE Admission Weekend on 8-9 January 2011 to kickoff the Centennial Anniversary of Naval Aviation (1911-2011), Patriots Point invites the Lowcountry community and the rest of the world to visit our ships, the Medal of Honor museum, aircraft, and Vietnam Support Base for FREE.
Climb aboard for a FREE tour of the Essex aircraft carrier USS Yorktown – the nation’s most decorated aircraft carrier to survive conflict and scrapping. We are sure you will leave with an admiration for the veterans who served and the men and women who continue to serve our nation aboard our floating airfields at sea and in regions throughout the world.
About The Centennial of Naval Aviation
Our nation celebrates the achievements and sacrifice of our men and women involved in naval aviation over the last century, multiple wars and conflicts.
Did you know that the “Father of Naval Aviation” is a Charlestonian?
William Adger Moffett grew up in Charleston, attended Second Presbyterian Church and attended the Naval Academy from 1886 to 1890. He was a Medal of Honor recipient in 1915 and as a Rear Admiral commanded the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics from 1921 until his death in 1933 involving the crash of the airship Akron. Rear Admiral Moffett’s tireless efforts laid the foundation of our modern air Navy and the carrier forces upon which we built during World War II. In 2011 Patriots Point will host multiple events to celebrate the Centennial, we hope you will be a part of it.