scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Aircraft carrier in Charleston SC?
Wed Mar 15 2000 - 23:16:50 CST
> I don't recall where, but somewhere I heard of an aircraft carrier
> (decommissioned, I think) on which Boy Scouts can camp.
There sure is!
You will find the USS Yorktown CV-10, an Essex Class aircraft carrier at
Patriots Point in Charleston harbor. Check their web site at :
There are details regarding Scouts camping onboard at:
Sounds like a great Scout outing.
My father flew Wildcat and Hellcat fighters from her deck in the Pacific
1944-45 and was back aboard to fly F9F-2 Panther jet fighters during the
Say "Hello" to the old "Fighting Lady" for Lt Cmdr. Paul R. Lovrien from
"The Freelancers" squadron. If he were alive today, Dad would be telling me
once again, just how wonderful it felt to land on that deck.
One of Dad's photos from the Korean War shows him in his jet after an
emergency landing. The rescue crew is helping him out of the cockpit as
scores of deck crew in brightly colored shirts hold the plane and begin to
free it from the crash barrier (very large nylon net sort of thing) Seems
his tail hook failed to come down into the correct position for landing. So
he was ordered to circle the ship as the rest of his squadron landed safely.
This was BEFORE there was in-flight refueling or an angled deck on the
Yorktown so they recovered the GOOD jets before a BAD one fouled the deck
and forced the others to ditch. Anyway, he always said he knew the crew and
ship would do their best for him and they did. He landed smoothly, roared
into the barrier which stretched out and he went from over 100 MPH to zero
in about one and a half seconds. A friend was up in "Vulture's Row" and
snapped a very sharp color photo of the whole deck scene. I always wondered
just how Dad related that little adventure as he wrote home to my Mother!
Dexter R. Lovrien
Apache Junction, AZ