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 [...]

Henry E. "Red" Erwin

Today I met the granddaughter of Henry E. “Red” Erwin. Jennifer Michaels and her two sons, David (6) and Will (3), were here to visit the Congressional Medal of Honor museum, while her Air Force husband was at Charleston Air Force Base on temporary duty. A picture of her grandfather graces one of the museum’s [...]

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 [...]

USS Yorktown awaits Apollo 8's splashdown! Borman reports moon made of American cheese!

Nine hundred miles southwest of Hawaii at 9:31 AM (Houston time), the USS Yorktown (CV-10) awaited the splashdown of Apollo 8 just off Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll. Unlike previous missions, the Apollo missions would return to earth at the speed of 25,000 miles per hour. They would need a nominal reentry angle of 6.4 [...]

Astronaut Jim Lovell says "There is a Santa Claus!"

The TransEarth Injection, TEI, was planned for just after midnight on Christmas Day. A successful burn would put Apollo 8 on its way back home and Houston control listened carefully for the astronauts to come around from the back side of the moon out of LOS, Loss of Signal. At 19 minutes after midnight Houston [...]

Christmas Eve and orbiting the Moon

At 2:55 AM (Houston time) Apollo 8 was go for LOI (Lunar Orbit Insertion) burn. After travelling 234,000 miles the crew of Apollo 8 were about to go into a 69 mile orbit of the moon which called for amazing navigational precison only possible with help from Houston control.  The simulator joke back home was [...]