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Charleston, SC Road Trip: Patriots Point Aircraft

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To keep the blog post size down, I decided to put the military aircraft on display aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10) in a separate post.  The World War II aircraft are inside the hangar deck right as you come aboard the ship and all are in excellent condition.  Some readers may have already seen the Instagram photos I posted during the visit, these are photos taken with the Canon.  It was too cold that morning to take off my gloves and Instagram the aircraft on the flight deck, instead I only took photos with the camera (which I could operate with my gloves on in the approximately 20F temperatures).  The aircraft on the flight deck are in good to excellent condition as well (some fading on the sunrise side of some) and several like the SH-3G, A-6E, and F-14 appear to have been recently painted (the A-6E and F-14 don’t have unit markings reapplied yet).  As I mentioned in my last post,the Vietnam Naval Support Base display is closed for renovation so the only aircraft I could see from it was the AH-1 outside the fence.  It needs some work but I imagine that will part of the ongoing renovation effort as well.

F9F Cougar

F9F Cougar

AD4N Skyraider

AD4N Skyraider

AD4N Skyraider

AD4N Skyraider

F6F-5 Hellcat

F6F-5 Hellcat

F4U/FG-1D Corsair

F4U/FG-1D Corsair

TBM Avenger

TBM Avenger

F4F-3A Wildcat

F4F-3A Wildcat

SBD Dauntless

SBD Dauntless

QH-50A

QH-50A

F-4J Phantom II

F-4J Phantom II

F-4J Phantom II

F-4J Phantom II

F-4J Phantom II

F-4J Phantom II

E-1B Tracer

E-1B Tracer

SH-3G Sea King

SH-3G Sea King

EA-3B Skywarrior

EA-3B Skywarrior

A-7E Corsair II

A-7E Corsair II

S-3B Viking

S-3B Viking

A-6E Intruder

A-6E Intruder

A-6E Intruder

A-6E Intruder

S-3B Viking

S-3B Viking

F/A-18A Hornet.  This example was part of VMFA-142, a disestablished USMC Reserve Squadron that was based at NAS Atlanta.  Before they were disestablished, they were frequently heard in the coastal Georgia area using Townsend Range and the Bulldog MOA.

F/A-18A Hornet. This example was part of VMFA-142, a disestablished USMC Reserve Squadron that was based at NAS Atlanta. Before they were disestablished, they were frequently heard in the coastal Georgia area using Townsend Range and the Bulldog MOA.

S-2E Tracker

S-2E Tracker

A-4L Skyhawk

A-4L Skyhawk

F-14A Tomcat

F-14A Tomcat

F-14A Tomcat

F-14A Tomcat

F-14A Tomcat. This is the fighter that many of my generation grew up dreaming about.  Most of the other aircraft have a nose up attitude while sitting on the deck. Not the Tomcat; it really does have the look of a cat ready to pounce.

F-14A Tomcat. This is the fighter that many of my generation grew up dreaming about. Most of the other aircraft have a nose up attitude while sitting on the deck. Not the Tomcat; it really does have the look of a cat ready to pounce.

F-14A Tomcat

F-14A Tomcat

AH-1J Sea Cobra

AH-1J Sea Cobra

He's not a plane, but this Pelican was flying around the Yorktown's flight deck while I was taking photos of the aircraft.

He’s not a plane, but this Pelican was flying around the Yorktown’s flight deck while I was taking photos of the aircraft.

It isn't one of the display aircraft at Patriot's Point, but here's a C-17A from the 437th/315th AW at Charleston AFB photographed from the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum short after it took off from Charleston AFB.

It isn’t one of the display aircraft at Patriot’s Point, but here’s a C-17A from the 437th/315th AW at Charleston AFB photographed from the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum short after it took off from Charleston AFB.

I also have blog posts up with photos from the other monuments and museums I visited:  Fort Moultrie, theNorth Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum, and Patriots Point.   Scanning and Monitoring reports have also been posted from Day 1 and Day 2 of the two day trip.


3 Comments

  1. Mark Nighswonger says:

    Great photos. I didn’t realize how many static displays are associated with the Yorktown. I’ll be taking the tour next time we’re down that way.

  2. KF4LMT says:

    It’ s a good visit. The topside aircraft looked pretty good for aircraft that exposed to the harsh summer sun here in the south. The F-14 and A-6 looked like they were recently repainted and still needed squadron markings reapplied. It also looked like the SH-3 recently been repainted. The WW2 aircraft on the hangar deck are a treat, nothing else like those to be found in this area.

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