Monday was a great day, I got to do my favorite thing….. explore! And explore I did, I love climbing around old ships and the U.S.S. Yorktown is a perfect start. This beauty was launched in 1943 after the original Yorktown was sunk in the Battle of Midway. The new Yorktown saw action in the pacific then during the Korean conflict then in the early years of the Vietnam conflict. Her final mission in 1968 was the recovery of the Mercury 8 capsule. So here are some of the famous carrier based warbirds that were stationed on the Yorktown during her service.
The first plane is the Sky Raider, a ground attack plane that saw action in both Korea and Viet Nam. The second is my favorite plane of all time, the F4U Corsair. This beauty saw action in both WW2 and Korea.
The next two planes were famous for being dive bombers and sinking 4 Japanese carriers at the battle of Midway. First is the Dauntless Devastator followed by the Avenger.
The next pics are of various fighters that were used to protect the dive bombers from enemy fighters and to try to take out kamikaze attacks.
On April 18 1942 the only carrier launched bombers ever took off to hit the Japanese main land, commanded by Jimmy Doolittle while only moderately effective the bombing run showed the Imperial war machine they were not safe. All the B-25’s were to fly to Manchuria after their run and link up with the Chinese, some made it, some didn’t, some were captured by the Japanese after ditching their planes. This B-25 is hanging just above the snack bar in the tail of the Yorktown’s hanger deck.
And last but not least is me standing in front of the Skyraider…
Tomorrow I might take ya’ll up to the flight deck to see some more modern jets that are on display. This was one cool visit!