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) […]

February Volunteer Profile – Bob Barkus

Our volunteer profile this month is on Merchant Marine Bob Barkus.  His father and mother immigrated to New York City from England in 1926. Bob was born in Brooklyn July 1928. He was 13 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Bob wanted to enlist in the Navy, but with the war winding down and his age […]

Cold week at Patriots Point, but spring around the corner!

It has been a very cold, windy week here at Patriots Point. I don’t remember a couple of colder days in the past ten years (30’s daytime, 20’s at night), but the weather today is trending back towards springlike weather this weekend…70’s and sunny…and like the temperature going up, visitors to the Yorktown are increasing.  […]

Future Top Gun pilots!

Every weekend onboard the USS Yorktown, scout troops camping aboard have the option of working on their aviation merit badge.  At each class, the scouts also have the opportunity of earning a Top Gun patch. Utilizing Combat Flight Simulator 2, Pacific Theater, scouts fly the F-6F Hellcat in an overhead intercept against a Japanese bomber. […]

Fifth graders crew YORKTOWN January to March

The Yorktown comes alive during each cold or warmer morning from 22 January to 05 March as  Patriots Point and the USS Yorktown (CV-10) host over 1400 fifth graders and their teachers from thirty-one Charleston County School District elementary schools. These students will serve as the crew and their mission is “Learning” as they visit […]

January 2009 Volunteer Profile

Our volunteers are key in helping bring the ships and aircraft of Patriots Point to life. Our first volunteer profile is on former World War 2, Marine Corps Dauntless and Corsair pilot Bill Cart. Born and raised in Charleston, he attended the Citadel from 1940-42, when he was accepted into the Navy V-7 program for […]