Volunteer Profile on Dr. Art Schmitt – Helicopter pilot extraordinaire!

One beautiful summer day a 15-year-old boy and future Eagle Scout looked up into the New Jersey sky and saw a Marine F4U Corsair fly over in a low pass, he said to himself, “That’s what I want to do one day!” Be careful what you wish for… Art Schmitt grew up in Brooklyn, New [...]

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 [...]

The Amazing Fred Fox story!

Sixty four years ago, the Yorktown (CV-10) was engaged in softening up Okinawa for the Army/Marine invasion on 01 April.  On the morning of 26 March, VBF-9 and VT-9 off the “Fighting Lady” were busy bombing, rocketing and strafing Japanese forces at Yontan and Kadena airfields on Okinawa. After two passes hitting targets at Yontan, [...]

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) [...]

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 [...]

Forty years ago!

At 7:51 AM on 21 December 1968, a vehicle over 363 feet high leapt into the sky. The beast burnt 20 tons of fuel per second. More in one second by ten times what Charles Lindberg used in the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic from New York to Paris in 1927. Onboard Apollo 8 [...]

Post Wright Brothers Day

Yesterday one hundred and five years ago, Wilbur and Orville Wright, showed the world what dreams were made of when they flew four flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Today, post WB day, thirteen C-17′s from Charleston Air Force Base made a mass formation flyby of Patriots Point. It was quite a sight on Yorktown [...]

Call the ball!

“Call the ball,” is the traditional welcome of the LSO (Landing Signal Officer) to an arriving pilot attempting to land aboard a very small, pitching deck at sea. Welcome to the first blog onboard the USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum <http://www.patriotspoint.org/>. I promise your landings here at this blog will [...]