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WHY THE USS JOHN F. KENNEDY?

The USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) is the only ship of her class, a subclass of the Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier, and the last conventionally powered carrier built for the United States Navy. The ship is named after the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and is nicknamed “Big John.” After nearly 40 years of service, Kennedy was officially decommissioned in 2007. As the last retired U.S. Aircraft Carrier that is non-nuclear, she’ll likely be the last carrier offered for public use.


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THE VISION

The USS JFK Project is being spearheaded by the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame, Inc., (RIAHOF), who has complete plans to develop a world-class, financially self-sufficient family attraction, education and job training center, museum and memorial on the Newport side of Rhode Island’s beautiful Narragansett Bay, featuring the retired aircraft carrier USS John F Kennedy (CV/A-67) as the centerpiece.


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THE KENNEDY-RHODE ISLAND CONNECTION

The name “John F. Kennedy” is magic in the northeast, and especially so in southern New England. Locating the USS John F. Kennedy, JFK’s namesake legacy, in Rhode Island would be most appropriate given President Kennedy’s close association with this State, including his wartime training at Melville, his marriage in Newport and the Summer White House years at Hammersmith Farm.


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Latest News

RI Aviation Hall of Fame to Honor First Female Combat Pilot, 7 Others

In addition to AZ Congresswoman Martha McSally, Nov. 21, 2015 honorees include a husband/wife team of Navy Chiefs; a fighter pilot from the First World War; a general aviation pilot with more than 40,000 flight hours; and the man responsible for Coventry High School’s Air Force JROTC program.

Letter of Intent Received From Navy

We enter the last quarter of 2015 with cautious optimism. The Navy has given us a Letter of Intent concerning our potential use of Pier 2 at Naval Station Newport. The operative sentences in this letter are: “… it appears an agreement for the development and operation of a museum and memorial may be structured…


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