Passing of Admiral Earl “Buddy” Yates, first CO of USS JFK CV-67

We are sorry to report that Rear Admiral Earl Preston “Buddy” Yates, the first commanding officer of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), died on September 13, 2021, at the age of 97 at his long-time home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As his obituary states, ‘While he loved every command, the highlight of his career… Continue reading Passing of Admiral Earl “Buddy” Yates, first CO of USS JFK CV-67

2018 End-of-Year Update: Land-based Facility

In August we reported that we were redoubling our efforts to develop a land-based facility at the former Quonset Point Naval Air Station, which would incorporate museums and memorials for the USS John F Kennedy and USS Saratoga, as well as a permanent home for the RI Aviation Hall of Fame. We also promised to keep… Continue reading 2018 End-of-Year Update: Land-based Facility

Initial Response to Media Reports That JFK May Be Scrapped

A message from Project President Frank Lennon: “I have been made aware that the Kitsap, Washington newspaper wrote an article a couple of days ago about the decision to scrap Kitty Hawk. At the end of the article it is reported that the CNO also removed JFK from donation status, and that the Navy plans to scrap JFK as well.”

Summer 2017 Update

As summer approaches, our calendar certainly fills up! We have had a great time at numerous parades and events throughout the state. Every year, we start around St. Patrick’s Day in March, culminating in a final Veteran’s Day finale! A huge thanks to our dedicated volunteers, who donate their weekend hours to helping bring our… Continue reading Summer 2017 Update