Scout aviators from Indiana

Troop 646 from Guilford, Indiana, spent two days and nights of  adventure on USS Yorktown, Monday and Tuesday this week. They had a great time in the aviation class and here we see them in front of the F-4J Phantom. They reviewed their lessons on the four forces of aerodynamics and the three flight axis [...]

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) [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

1st week of December 1941

The first week of December 1941 changed our nation forever. On 01 December the keel of USS Yorktown (then USS Bon Homme Richard) was laid at Newport News shipbuilding in Newport News, VA.  Six days later the Japanese imperial navy attacked Pearl Harbor and the nation was at war.

Veteran's Day on the YORKTOWN

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. My wife’s grandfather, D. K. McGill was on his way to the front in France on 11 November 1918 when he heard Frenchmen running down the road towards his artillery unit, crying out, “La guerre fini! La guerre [...]

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 [...]