Last night the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point was not a site for tourists, scouts, students or a corporate party, but a training site for military professionals with a serious job of being prepared to protect the American homeland.
Not just your average person visits Yorktown, sometimes our local law enforcement and first responders utilize the World War II Essex carrier as a unique training facility and today was one of those days. The North Charleston Police SWAT team were hoping for a sea breeze on a hot day and instead of a concrete […]
On 10 June 1960, seven helicopters from HS-4 flying from the USS Yorktown (CV-10) rescued 53 merchant sailors from the British freighter Shun Lee which had run aground on Pratas Reef (500 miles northwest of Manila). Under storm conditions in the wake of Typhoon Mary, the helicopters picked up 25 men from the wreck and […]
Our volunteer profile is on Dr. “Chip” Biernbaum, who was born on Pearl Harbor Day (07 Dec) 1946 in Woodstown, NJ, 15 miles from Wilmington, Delaware. He spent as much free time as he could investigating curious creatures and beasts that lived in the streams, lakes and forests around his home. His interest in World […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Here is the full video story on our Veterans of the Fighting Lady exhibit created by Shell Royster and Steven Hyatt. Enjoy!