Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Welcomes New Aircraft Exhibit

. July 11, 2010 . 0 Comments

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum welcomed the newest and largest aircraft to date for the USS Yorktown’s flight deck on historic Charleston Harbor in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. on Thursday, July 8.

The aircraft arrived at Patriots Point by barge and a crane was used to place it onto the Yorktown flight deck.

The aircraft, a Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior, was first introduced in 1956 and for many years, represented the largest aircraft designed to operate from a carrier. Nicknamed “the whale,” the Skywarrior was instrumental as a strategic bomber in the Vietnam War and as a surveillance plane during the Cold War. Production ceased in 1961 with a total of 282 produced and it was officially retired in 1991.

Patriots Point features 27 historic aircraft onboard the USS Yorktown, including the Douglas AD-4N Skyraider, and the Grumman F6F Hellcat r.

“The historical and national value of Patriots Point is further reinforced with the addition of one of the largest aircraft to operate on a carrier,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Dick Trammell. “We appreciate the Skywarrior Association funding this exciting new addition.”

About Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum began in 1975 when the legendary aircraft carrier Yorktown appeared in the Charleston Harbor of South Carolina. The Yorktown was dedicated as the first ship of the Naval & Maritime Museum on the 200th birthday of the U.S. Navy and opened to the public in 1976. It currently includes the Yorktown, the Balao class submarine Clamagore, priceless war planes, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and its official Medal of Honor Museum. It features the only replica of a Vietnam Support Base in the United States and a Cold War Submarine Memorial.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
40 Patriots Point Road
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
866-831-1720 toll free

Category: Natural History

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