Donate to “Big John” in our Backyard, not a Scrapyard!

If we can identify an appropriate mooring site on property not owned by the Navy, we will be in a strong position to argue for the return of JFK to donation status.
Read the full situation breakdown here.

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We have been made aware that the Kitsap, Washington newspaper wrote an article in late November about the decision to scrap Kitty Hawk. At the end of the article the paper reported that the Navy plans to scrap JFK as well. We received a telephone call confirming this was the plan.

Needless to say, this is disappointing news, although not entirely unexpected given our inability to move forward until the new administration had its Navy civilian leadership team in place. We wrote to SECNAV on November 4 and are still working our request at the highest levels of the Navy.

From past history, we know that scrapping a carrier is a complex, time-consuming and expensive process. (Just look at Saratoga; it took years to finalize a contract, then the scrapper went bankrupt. The job is still not finished.)

We find it hard to believe that the Navy would go that route if a different solution were available.

Help us find that different solution!

We are reasonably certain that if we can identify an appropriate mooring site on property not owned by the Navy, we will be in a strong position to reopen our case.

We need 60 days to review those alternatives. The engineering analysis involved will cost money, so we are setting up a separate fund just to cover those expenses.

If everyone who reads this page were to donate $50 to this year-end appeal, we would be well-positioned to do the work necessary to justify a reconsideration by the Navy.

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[notification type=”notification_info”]Remember, the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame’s USS John F. kennedy Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation as defined by the IRS. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. EIN 20-3466156.[/notification]