A Marine Skyhawk Pilot's Vietnam Nightmare!

Just I was getting ready to give a program on the A-4 Skyhawk yesterday, one of our visitors boldly asked me how much I wanted to know about the A-4.  I quickly took him up on his offer after I learned he was a Vietnam Marine Corps pilot who flew with VMA-311 based at Chu […]

May's Volunteer Profile – Dr. "Chip" Biernbaum

Our May volunteer is Dr. “Chip” Biernbaum, who was born on Pearl Harbor Day (07 Dec) 1946 in Woodstown, NJ, 15 miles from Wilmington, Delaware. He spent as much free time as he could investigating curious creatures and beasts that lived in the streams, lakes and forests around his home. His interest in World War […]

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 […]