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10 Historic Photos of Heroes via Patriots Point

10 Historic Photos of Heroes via Patriots Point

Climb aboard the historic USS Yorktown, explore the Medal of Honor Museum and walk in the steps of heroes at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. From the flight deck to the Vietnam Experience Exhibit, there’s something for everyone in the family to discover. Scroll on to see 10 historic photos of heroes from the Patriots Point archive and learn 10 facts you may not have known about the Naval & Maritime Museum!

Working gun fire control computers aboard the USS Yorktown | Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

1. The USS Yorktown was the recovery vessel for the Apollo 8, the first manned mission to orbit the Moon.

Sailors painting “Rising Sun Flags,” marking planes shot down in dogfights | Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

2. The big number 10 on the side of the USS Yorktown signifies that it is the tenth aircraft carrier ever built by the United States Navy.

F6F Hellcats parked on the flight deck | Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

3. There are 28 historic aircraft at Patriots Point, including an F-14 Tomcat, the plane made famous by the film “Top Gun.”

Looking through a waterproof hatch | Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

4. The USS Yorktown had a full service dentist office aboard the ship.

Pilot & air crewmen of TBM Avenger waiting aboard the flight deck | Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

5. The USS Yorktown (888 feet) is five feet longer than the Titanic (883 feet).

Navy Day celebration aboard the USS Laffey in 1945 | Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

6. The destroyer USS Laffey earned the nickname “The Ship that Would Not Die,” from a WWII battle where it was struck by four bombs and six kamikazes.

Hellcat landing | Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

7. The USS Yorktown could hold almost 100 planes during its service during WWII.

Men working on a torpedo below deck | Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

8. In the 1960s, the USS Laffey, on display at Patriots Point, carried one of the very first drones ever used by the Navy to locate Russian submarines and drop torpedoes. One of only a few remaining QH-50 DASH drones is on display aboard the museum.

Off duty in crew’s quarters aboard the USS Yorktown CV-10, WWII | Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

9. The USS Laffey is one of only three D-Day Allied warships still in existence.

Bomb prep in the foreground while others watch a movie in the background on the USS Yorktown Hangar deck in 1943 | Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

10. Patriots Point is home to a three-acre Vietnam Experience where guests can see what it was like to live and work in a forward operating base during the Vietnam War.

 

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