Fireworks of a different kind!

On the 4th of July this year, the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point saw fireworks of a different kind! Just as the initial rockets fired from the flight deck of Yorktown, a young graduate of the University of Virginia bent down on one knee on the pier with the ship in the background and asked […]

Whale arrives at Patriots Point

Our A-3D Skywarrior arrived on high tide this afternoon. Originally designed by Douglas Aircraft Corporation to be a twin engined nuclear bomber for the Navy, the “Whale” served most of its career as an ECM platform and tanker aircraft. It was to be the heaviest Naval aircraft flying from carrier flight decks at the weight […]

Nation of Patriots at Patriots Point

Today a very impressive flag ceremony was held on the flight deck of USS Yorktown (CV-10). Appropriately 02 July is our actual date of Independence as the Continental Congress passed their resolution for independence on 02 July 1776. The ceremony was part of the Harley Owner Group network as they ride our national flag across […]

"Whale" to arrive on Yorktown's flight deck Friday!

It’s not just any “Whale,” but the much esteemed Douglas A-3 Skywarrior, affectionately known as a whale because of its size and the great noise it made impacting the flight deck of a carrier as she made her arrested landing onboard pitching decks at sea! Designed by Douglas Aircraft Corporation as a nuclear attack bomber […]

June Volunteer Profile – Nina Lindenberg

Our June volunteer profile is on Nina Lindenberg. All of our volunteers have interesting stories, but I’m not sure they can meet the standards of Nina’s amazing one. She was born in Alexandria, Egypt and educated in Egypt and France. Nina speaks seven languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, and Italian. She immigrated to […]

USS Yorktown at the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot Part 3

At 0524 on 20 June 1944, Yorktown launched search aircraft to find the Japanese fleet. The Japanese fleet wasn’t found that morning but search planes encountered and shot down several Japanese float planes, Rufes (Zeros on floats), in the northern sectors. This convinced Admiral Mitscher to change Task Force 58’s pursuit course from 260 degrees […]

USS Yorktown at the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot Part 2

Dawn came at 0430 on 19 June 1944. The weather was expected to be CAVU (ceiling and visibility unlimited) and the temperature in the low to mid 80’s. Wind was out of the east at 9 to 12 knots. Conditions were also right for lots of contrails at altitude…in other words, a great day for […]

USS Yorktown at the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot Part 1

On 18 June 1944, two large aircraft carrier battle groups approached each other southwest of Saipan in the Marianas. The First Mobile Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy carried 440 aircraft on nine carriers: Taiho, Shokaku, Zuikaku, Junyo, Hiyo, Ryuho, Chitose, Chiyoda, and Zuiho. It was led by Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa, a 1909 graduate […]

Cownose stingrays at Patriots Point

Everyday I walk down the pier to the Yorktown I see wildlife and sealife…usually it’s channel bass, blue crabs, brown pelicans, ospreys, sea gulls, herons (great and white) …but sometimes there are the different looking ones like alligators, manatees, otters, horseshoe crabs and this week’s special the cownose stingray… I grew up in the South […]

Norman Rockwell and the Boy Scouts of America

Every weekend (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) 200-600 scouts arrive to camp onboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. This weekend we are scheduled for 526 scouting campers onboard. If one played a word game association with boy scouts and portraits…the answer would be Norman Rockwell…Notice his first cover of Boys’ Life above has […]