Patriot Day, September 11, 2010

Saturday morning at 8 a.m. gates open for visitors to walk aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point for our Patriot Day commemorative program. Our color guard will consist of firefighters from the Mount Pleasant Fire Department and Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from the Coastal Carolina Council as  a part of Scout Surge 911. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scout Bomber Douglas (SBD) aka Douglas Dauntless

The SBD (scout bomber Douglas) was the most significant aircraft of the Pacific War as it was responsible for the sinking of six Japanese aircraft carriers and 60% of the Japanese ships sunk by aircraft. 5,936 of these dive bombers were built by Douglas from 1940 to 1944 (950 specifically for the Army Air Corp). […]

Hollywood and the USS Yorktown

As we approach the holiday season many in our nation and the world will be escaping with their friends or loved ones to the movies.  We escape into adventure, romance and other emotions of the human experience. The USS Yorktown has an extensive tie with the dreams of Hollywood and we now take a look […]

F-6F Hellcat Podcast

The Grumman F-6F Hellcat was the United States Navy’s primary fighter aircraft from mid 1943 till the end of the war.  It achieved a combat kill ratio of 19-1. The first landing on the USS Yorktown was made by a Hellcat flown by CAG-5 (Commander Air Group Five) LCDR James H. Flatley, Jr., on 06 […]

Midway Anniversary June 1942

The battle of Midway took place 67 years ago today. It was to be the turning of the tide against Japanese conquest of the Pacific. The Japanese brought 4 of their 10 carriers to the battle, because they believed we only had two left in the Pacific. However, USS Yorktown (CV-5) had not been sunk […]

Yorktown from the top!

Here are a couple of images from our maintenance supply guy, William “Billy” Weatherford. My post on the ghost bomb hit from 18 March inspired him to forward these images in an email and here are his comments from it… The next two pictures are of our Pavilion area, the Golf Course and Shem Creek […]

April Volunteer Profile – George Lodge – aeronautical engineer

Our April volunteer profile features our only aeronautical engineer, George Lodge,who worked for the Glenn L. Martin aircraft company from 1939 to 1947. He grew up in Camden, New Jersey and attended John Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.  George worked on the Martin 167/187/B-26 Marauder, PBM Mariner patrol bomber, JRM-Mars, and the XB48 […]

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 […]