VA-72 "Blue Hawks" find a ready deck on YORKTOWN!

The VA-72 “Blue Hawks” entered the break today at 800 feet and 250 knots…all received an OK-3 as they arrived onboard YORKTOWN.  I had the privilege and pleasure of leading their reunion around the ship, I listened more to their stories, but I did tell a few myself. VA-72 was the first Skyhawk squadron in [...]

Spring tide at Patriots Point

Today is a very busy one at Patriots Point with over 1000 school and adult visitors scheduled to arrive for educational programs and tours of our ships and aircraft.  The weather is sunny and the temperature will be 83 degrees today. Here we see one of our aircraft maintenance staff, Joe Campbell, doing a spring [...]

Yorktown from the top!

Here are a couple of images from our maintenance supply guy, William “Billy” Weatherford. My post on the ghost bomb hit from 18 March inspired him to forward these images in an email and here are his comments from it… The next two pictures are of our Pavilion area, the Golf Course and Shem Creek [...]

April Volunteer Profile – George Lodge – aeronautical engineer

Our April volunteer profile features our only aeronautical engineer, George Lodge,who worked for the Glenn L. Martin aircraft company from 1939 to 1947. He grew up in Camden, New Jersey and attended John Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.  George worked on the Martin 167/187/B-26 Marauder, PBM Mariner patrol bomber, JRM-Mars, and the XB48 [...]

E. L. Wright technology visit

Every year (at least for the last 3 if not more)  in March/April E. L. Wright middle school from Columbia, SC, comes to the USS Yorktown to learn about technology from World War II. This year around 95 students and their teachers arrived on Tuesday afternoon armed with notebooks, pens and pencils…and very eager to [...]

Scout aviators from Indiana

Troop 646 from Guilford, Indiana, spent two days and nights of  adventure on USS Yorktown, Monday and Tuesday this week. They had a great time in the aviation class and here we see them in front of the F-4J Phantom. They reviewed their lessons on the four forces of aerodynamics and the three flight axis [...]

Japanese bomb and Ghost bomb strike Yorktown!!!

Sixty four years ago on 18 March while conducting operations off Okinawa, the USS Yorktown (CV-10) was struck by a Japanese bomb at 1507 (3:07 PM) when a Judy dive bomber came out of the clouds dead ahead of the ship. The bomb struck on the starboard (right) side of the signal bridge on the [...]

March Volunteer Profile – Dick Whitaker

Our March volunteer profile is on PFC (Private First Class) Dick Whitaker. Upon his graduation from high school in Saugerites, New York, in 1944, the United States Marine Corp gave him an amazing senior trip. He first travelled to the posh resort of Parris Island, SC, when he received basic training. Upon completion Dick travelled [...]

Phantom…Lights on Yorktown!!!

Beautiful, warm (71 degrees) weather on the Yorktown today. Everything is marvelous and the seas are calm. Here is an image of three of our stalwart Friday volunteers as they roamed the flight deck in the spring weather in front of our F-4J Phantom. Our F-4J served as Blue Angel number 5 (lead solo position) [...]