Charleston Harbor Welcomes New Aircraft
Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum recently just welcomed the largest aircraft to its famed USS Yorktown. Located just outside of Historic Downtown Charleston in Mount Pleasant, the Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum is one of the best attractions in Charleston, highlighted by the USS Yorktown, which was one of the first aircraft carriers to serve for the USS Navy. The Yorktown was commissioned in 1943, serving in the Pacific during World War II until the end of the war in 1945. The history of the the famous U.S. aircraft carrier goes much further than World War II, as it served multiple purposes throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Most notably, it recovered the Apollo 8 astronauts and capsule. It was decommissioned in 1970. It now sits in the harbor as one of Charleston’s best attractions for travelers to the area.
The newest addition to the USS Yorktown is the Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior. For years it was the largest aircraft operable from a carrier. Introduced in 1956, the aircraft was most known as a bomber during the Vietnam War and later as a surveillance plane during the Cold War. The aircraft was retired in 1991, and this particular model of the Skywarrior will now call Charleston Harbor home.
Arriving in Charleston by barge and placed on the USS Yorktown by crane, the Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior is now one of many aircrafts that can be viewed on-board the USS Yorktown. The aircraft joins an astounding 26 other aircraft on the Yorktown. Favorites upon the battleship include the Douglas AD-4N Skyraider and the Grumman F6F Hellcat. Patriots Point is open daily with tickets ranging from $11 to $18. Other notable attractions of Charleston’s Patriots Point include a Cold War Submarine Memorial, the Balao class submarine Clamagore, war planes, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the official Medal of Honor Museum.
Photo courtesy of Patriots Point.