CXAM Radar On Yorktown CV-5 Leads To IFF And CIC

Following successful tests of the XAF radar, the Navy contracted with RCA (Radio Corporation of America) to build six more radars and they would be placed on one aircraft carrier (Yorktown CV-5), one battleship (California BB-44) and four heavy cruisers (Pensacola CA-24, Northampton CA-26,  Chester CA-27  and Chicago CA-29). The size of the bed-spring looking […]

Video Thursday 1.20.11

It’s Video Thursday and if you haven’t read or seen the news today, Patriots Point is going to try to interest the Boeing Company in joining us here on Charleston Harbor. The Boeing Company has long been a  supplier of aircraft to the Navy (currently builds the F-18 Hornet) and is now in the process […]

FREE Admission Weekend this Saturday-Sunday, 8-9 January 2011

  Everyone is invited to Patriots Point’s “FREE Admission” weekend to kickoff the Centennial Anniversary of Naval Aviation (1911-2011). Come aboard and visit our ships, the Medal of Honor museum, aircraft, and Vietnam Support Base for FREE.  Hours are from 9 am to 6:30 pm both days. Climb aboard for a FREE tour of the […]

Happy Birthday Fighting Lady aka USS Yorktown!

Today sixty-nine years ago, the keel of the USS Yorktown was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding, not far from the battle site of Yorktown, Virginia. The mighty Fighting Lady (nickname given by her crew in World War II) is now a museum ship fighting the ravages of time instead of the Imperial Japanese Navy and […]

Hydraulic catapults enter Navy service 1934

On 15 November 1934, the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics established plans to install hydraulic, flush-deck catapults on the USS Yorktown (CV-5) and USS Enterprise (CV-6). The Type H, Mark I catapult was manufactured by the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was the first to be enclosed under the surface of the carrier flight […]

Preview to Veterans Day and "Veterans of the Fighting Lady" Portrait Exhibit

Join us on 11 November to commemorate Veterans Day on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. Our volunteer-veterans will be holding a “Meet and Greet” from 10 am to 2 pm on USS Yorktown. Our veteran participants include servicemen from most branches of the Armed Forces and from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and […]

Victory at Yorktown, 1781

Today marks the two hundred and twenty-ninth anniversary of the American and French defeat of the British Army under Lord General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. Above is the John Trumbull’s oil painting of the surrender, in which Lord Cornwallis declined to appear, but sent his second General O’Hara to offer his sword. Read here for […]

Video Thursday! Launch'em…..

Today marks my first Video Thursday! Each week I will save up my favorite videos or most newsworthy ones and post them for your pre-weekend entertainment or edification. First is my favorite this week, courtesy of VFA-195 off the USS Kitty Hawk, CV-63, not the music so much as the awesome airmanship! Let’s pull some […]

Young sailors bring new look to Yorktown's flight deck!

    “Sleep softly my old love my beauty in the dark night is a dream we have as you know as you know” W. S. Merwin Yesterday a group of dedicated young ROTC midshipmen/cadets from The Citadel and one Petty Officer from Navy Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC) assembled on the USS Yorktown to […]