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Friday, January 08, 2016

Field Trip to the USS Yorktown CV-10

It was not the most beautiful day to go on a field trip but it was a fun time!

You can see it, even in the fog from the Ravenel Bridge

At the Yorktown!
The top of the bridge seems to be missing!

Walking down to the ship.  We walked into the mess area first and left our lunch boxes. That was nice not to have to carry it around for our tour

Wild life

looking into the sewing room

Learning about the estuary that is Charleston Harbor.

We had to learn how to plot the tides

We had another instructor for this part. Building on that skill, we became a Coast Guard Task Force!  Lon's team had to find out how much time it would take for the oil slick to make it from the point of origin to the open Atlantic.

They did their calculations in almost record time! It would take two hours.

Cleaning up before the next group comes in

Back with our first tour guide to learn about the animals that live around the Yorktown

Turtles and flounder, she talked about the algae.  Not sure, but I am hoping she was fighting off a bad cold.

 a critter of the critter room

Up to the flight hanger!

There we had a new leader. He was great. Gave all sorts of fun tidbits, one of the pilots from the Yorktown had an airport named for him. Perhaps you heard of it? It's in Chicago, O'hare.

We went and looked at the model of the Yorktown. For safety reasons, they have covered up the flight deck with steel from it's original teak. The teak is still there underneath though.
We learned that new carriers are only about 100 feet wider and just a little longer but they have 6000 crew on board and the early carriers only had 1500 or so.   There are also helicopters on the new carriers.

Going into the Medal of Honor Museum.

The proper name is not the Congressional Medal of Honor, it is the Medal of Honor.

We learned about the female surgeon in the Civil War who won  the Medal of Honor. Her name was Dr. Mary Walker. And the youngest recipient the 12 year old Civil War Drummer Boy, Willie Johnston.

Looking at enlarged images of the three Medals of Honor. One for the Navy (including Coast Guard), Army and Air Force.

Lunch Time!

Scrappy! He came by and said Hi ! But from a distance

Due to some of the segments taking a little longer than anticipated we had to hurry up and catch the bus!
We got back at just a little before 2.

Lon wants to go back and do some more exploring!

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