Patriots Point’s F-4J Phantom

The McDonnell F-4 Phantom (eventually became McDonnell-Douglas and then bought by Boeing) was a tandem-seat fighter-bomber designed to fill the U.S. Navy’s fleet defense fighter role. The advent of Soviet jet bombers with long range anti-ship missiles dictated that the U. S. Navy acquire a fighter that could quickly climb and accelerate to intercept the […]

Video Thursday: Brand New Blue Angel Video!

Here is a brand new Blue Angel video! Enjoy the view! Featured is the Skipper and Citadel graduate, Captain Greg McWherter United States Navy. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/28135997 w=400&h=225] 2011 BLUE ANGELS Website PROMO – FINAL APPROVED COPY from Blue Angels on Vimeo.

Carolina's First Ship With Colonists: Adventure

Lots of sights can be seen from the flight deck of Yorktown at Patriots Point…dolphins, manatees, alligators, C-17’s, Blue Angels, the Hunley…but today a replica of the proprietary colony of Carolina’s first sailing vessel could be see from our World War II aircraft carrier’s flight deck. Above is a replica of Adventure, a 17th century […]

Video Thursday 5.19.11

Today on Video Thursday we’ll look at two good aviation events and one bad…First is a new video on the Navy’s Blue Angels. Next is a segment from Defense Department News on an unfortunate runway departure of an Air Force tanker at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, CA., with the resultant large fire, luckily […]

Video Thursday, 10.04.10

Here are my top three videos this week, one serious and two for fun! Send me your top video and if I use it you become eligible for this month’s prize, passes for four and a personal tour by our very own Top Gun graduate. Enjoy Video Thursday! To prepare for Veterans Day next week, […]

Blue Angels wow scouts on Yorktown Saturday night!

As the sun set Saturday, 17 April, on the Yorktown, the entire Blue Angels team (officer and enlisted) converged on Hangar Deck 3 to meet and greet our weekend campers! Every pilot, except LT C. J. Simonsen (who was doing a maintenance hop getting a jet ready for Sunday’s performance), showed up to talk with […]

Blue Angels over Charleston Harbor & USS Yorktown (CV-10)

The Blue Angels put on a dazzling display of airmanship today over Charleston Harbor and the USS Yorktown. The weather was beautiful, sunny, warm with a slight sea breeze out of the south. The harbor was teeming with small craft as sailboats and powerboats rode at anchor to enjoy the show in between two of […]

USS Yorktown's 67th Birthday Bash!

Yesterday we celebrated the 67th birthday of the USS Yorktown’s commissioning at Norfolk, Virginia, 15 April 1943. Present for our ceremony were plank owner (and original crewmember) Rev. Harold Syfrett, the first air wing commanding officer’s son and former Executive Director at Patriots Point retired Rear Admiral Jim Flatley¬† and current active United States Navy […]

Blue Angels arrive in the Lowcountry with Fleur-de-lis!

The Blues arrived a little ahead of schedule as they made their initial passes over USS Yorktown at 10:08 AM on the Fighting Lady’s 67th birthday today, 15 April. As they arrived from Navy Pensacola they made their initial orientation passes over Yorktown and the Charleston Harbor area where they will be conducting their airshow […]