Exploring the USS Yorktown

By Michelle Davulis
April 29, 2024

Exploring the USS Yorktown CV-10

A Day with the Fighting Lady: Exploring the USS Yorktown CV-10

Have you ever dreamed of setting foot on a legendary aircraft carrier? Well, I recently had the chance to fulfill that dream on a trip to Charleston, South Carolina! One of the highlights was visiting the USS Yorktown CV-10, also known as the “Fighting Lady.”

USS Yorktown picture taken by Mark Duprè Illinois insurance expert

The Yorktown wasn’t just any aircraft carrier. It’s a piece of American history, having served with distinction in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. 

Here are some interesting facts I learned during my visit:

  • A Legacy of Honor: The Yorktown was named after the earlier USS Yorktown (CV-5), which was sunk at the Battle of Midway. This ship, in turn, was named after the pivotal Revolutionary War battle where the British surrendered to American forces.
  • Rosie the Riveter at Work: The Yorktown’s construction is a testament to America’s wartime mobilization effort. This massive ship, stretching nearly three football fields long, was built in just 16 months, largely by women workers.
  • Homecoming for Heroes: The Yorktown played a vital role in space exploration, recovering both the Mercury 6 and Apollo 8 capsules. Apollo 8, you might recall, was the first crewed mission to orbit the moon!
  • A Captain’s Tour with Bulldog Tours: To get the most out of my visit, I joined a Captain’s Tour with Bulldog Tours. Our knowledgeable guide, Don, led us through the ship, showcasing everything from the pilot’s briefing room to the crew’s berths. We even saw a B-25 bomber, the type of aircraft used in the daring Doolittle Raid on Japan.

The Yorktown isn’t just a museum; it’s a powerful reminder of the courage and ingenuity of the men and women who served our country. If you’re ever in Charleston, I highly recommend a visit to this National Historic Landmark. You’ll walk away with a newfound appreciation for American history and the incredible feats of engineering that helped shape the world.

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