Aircraft Carrier Yorktown
Aircraft Carrier Yorktown
The U.S.S. Yorktown, known as "The Fighting Lady", is the 10th Aircraft Carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy. She was named for the old Yorktown, which was lost while repelling the Japanese Fleet at the Battle of Midway in 1942. The new Yorktown was commissioned on April 15, 1943. She had a major role in the Pacific Offensive which began in late '43 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. Yorktown received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for World War II service.
The Yorktown carried a crew of 380 officers, 3088 enlisted men, and an air group of 90 planes during World War II. In the 1950's she was modified with an angled deck for jets and then she was converted to an antisubmarine carrier for which she was used in the Vietnam War. In December 1968, the Yorktown recovered the crew of Apollo 8, the first manned spacecraft to circle the moon. The Yorktown was decommissioned in 1970 and moved to Charleston in 1975.
Today you can tour the flight deck, hangar deck, and many working and living areas. These include the ship's hospital, bridge, and ready rooms. Explore the engine room and massive engines. When exploring the carrier be prepared to be going up and down lots of narrow stairs!
There are many aircraft that you can view. There are a variety of fighters that have been used and also a couple Hueys. You can climb aboard and sit in the cockpit of a real F9 Cougar. It is a Korean War era fighter which also served as one of the original Blue Angels. If you are ready to hit the skies, climb aboard the Navy Flight Simulator for a 5-minute ride on an F/A-18 in flight!
Be sure to go through the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's museum. It is on board the Yorktown near the entrance. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. You will be moved by the citations describing selected actions for which the Medals of Honor were awarded. Their acts of bravery and heroism are amazing.
The Yorktown was a very big ship. It was an aircraft carrier. The engine room was very big. You could get lost down there. In the kitchen they had the recipe for 10,000 chocolate chip cookies. How would you like to cook with 15 pounds of butter? You could also go onto the deck. It was very windy. They had a lot of military aircraft.
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