What better way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend than visiting the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier the world’s most imposing military marvel during WWII? “The Fighting Lady” is almost 10 football fields long, weighs in at about 27,000 tons and is bristling with weapons and war planes, from the Wright Brothers Flyer to the sleek Tomcat to the mighty Skyraider.
Yorktown fought Japanese forces in epic battles like the Philippine Sea, Marshall Islands, Truk and Iwo Jima and became target of desperate Kamikaze missions in the open waters of the Pacific. In 1968 Yorktown recovered the 8 people crew from the Apollo Space Ship.
USS Yorktown and the destroyer USS Laffey will be featured on the History Channel, beginning Memorial Day weekend, in “HERO SHIPS” a 13 part series with gripping interviews and real war stories told by the sailors who were there.
Tips to Know Before You Go
1. You can easily spend hours on the carrier itself. There are 4 decks and hundreds of rooms to cover inside the aircraft. The outside decks house a plethora of fighter jets and helicopters just waiting for you to get onboard. Best to start your tour at the Clamagore submarine then continue on to The Congressional Medal of Honor Museum located onboard Yorktown then take your time with the carrier.
2. At times it’s difficult getting up and down the stairs and in and out of the tiny rooms. Be prepared to carry your little kids especially when touring the submarine. There is an elevator that takes you to the main level inside Yorktown. Here you have access to the Honor Museum, the Simulator, a Snack Bar, a huge movie screen and you can admire a many war planes on display.
3. The most popular thing to do onboard is to experience the “Top Gun” like fighting at The Simulator. This is $5 extra and it lasts about 10 minutes, lot less than waiting in line to get in.
Admission Fee (subject to change, check website for latest prices and details): Adults $18, seniors and military $15, children (6 to 11) $11, and under 6 is FREE. The ticket also covers admission to the Clamagore submarine, the Laffey destroyer, the Coast Guard cutter INGHAM and the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum. This can take half a day to visit them all!
Come to Patriots Point to salute our Veterans and experience the embodiment of honor, courage and sacrifice!
Other historic sites to see in the Charleston area are Fort Sumter (where the Civil War started), Fort Moultrie (where the Palmetto tree became our state symbol) and the mysterious Hunley Submarine (the first successful combat submarine in the world!)
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