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Photo Gallery: USS Lexington

Mark Adams on the flight deck of the USS Lexington

2001

In late December of 2001 Mark Adams was able to visit the USS Lexington aircraft carrier museum in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was excited to tour the Essex Class Aircraft Carrier, and compare it to another Essex Class carrier; the USS Yorktown in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1992 Mark filmed his student film on the USS Yorktown and the NS Savannah at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, and he wanted to see if he could find areas of the USS Lexington that were similar to the shooting locations he used on the USS Yorktown.

The sun rises above the USS Lexington

The entrance to the USS Lexington Museum, as seen in late afternoon. 

 

For more information about the USS Lexington museum visit their website at 

http://www.usslexington.com/

 

USS Lexington CV-16

The starboard side of the USS Lexington, as seen from a nearby jetty

The entrance to the ship itself from the pier.

 

Looking back to the rear of the carrier, as seen from the pier

Looking up at the Island/bridge above the flight deck, as seen from the pier

 

Guns on the starboard side of the USS Lexington

Aircraft on display on the flight deck of the USS Lexington

 

Entrance to the bridge

The bridge of the USS Lexington

 

Mark in the engine room of the USS Lexington

A typical hallway in the USS Lexington

 

The USS Lexington seen from a nearby jetty

The USS Lexington seen from the end of a nearby jetty

 

The following photos are a side-by-side comparison of two Essex Class Aircraft Carriers - the USS Lexington and the USS Yorktown. It is interesting to note that the USS Yorktown served as an active US Navy vessel until the early 1970's, where as the USS Lexington served as an active US Navy vessel until the early 1990's. Many differences in appearance can be attributed to this, as well as the fact that the Yorktown has been a museum for nearly 35 years, where the Lexington has only been a museum for around 10 years.

USS Lexington CV-16                                                        USS Yorktown CV-10

 

The USS Lexington

The USS Yorktown

 

A side view of the USS Lexington seen from land

A side view of the USS Yorktown seen from the parking lot

 

A slightly closer view of the starboard side of the USS Lexington. Note the height of the pier - it's the same level as the hanger deck so there are no stairs to climb to board the ship in the hanger deck

A similar view of the starboard side of the USS Yorktown. Note that the pier is lower, and visitors must climb stairs or take an elevator to enter the hanger deck

 

Another view of the starboard side of the USS Lexington, looking up on the 'Island/Bridge' structure above the flight deck.

A view looking up on the 'Island/Bridge' structure above the flight deck of the USS Yorktown from the end of the pier. 

 

The 'Island/Bridge' structure of the USS Lexington, looking up at the main entrance to the hanger deck

The 'Island/Bridge' structure of the USS Yorktown, looking up from the flight deck

 

The view from the pier looking toward the front of the USS Lexington, showing the entrance to the hanger deck

A similar view of the USS Yorktown, showing the steps from the pier to the entrance to the hanger deck

 

The USS Lexington seen from the parking lot - this is the closest view you can get of the rear of the ship without a boat. Note this photo was taken in the late afternoon, with the sun to the right indicating the ship faces towards the south.

The USS Yorktown seen from the pier in front of (at the time) the USCG Ingham and USS Laffey. Note this photo was taken in the late afternoon, with the sun to the left indicating that the ship faces towards the north.

A plane sitting in front of the 'Bridge/Island' structure on the flight deck of the USS Lexington

A plane sitting in front of the 'Bridge/Island' structure on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown

 

The planes on display near the bow of the USS Lexington. At this time they were restoring the rear portion of the flight deck, and all of the aircraft were on the front portion.

Aircraft displayed near the bow of the USS Yorktown. Most of the aircraft are displayed on the rear of the flight deck.

 

The entrance to the bridge of the USS Lexington

Mark Adams at the entrance to the bridge of the USS Yorktown

 

A hallway in the USS Lexington

The same hallway as it appears in the USS Yorktown

 

The USS Lexington's engine room

Robert Steedman in the same engine room area of the USS Yorktown - much more of the Yorktown's engine room was open to the public compared to the Lexington

 

A hallway with a very low ceiling on the USS Lexington

The same hallway as it appears in the USS Yorktown - this is not open to the public thus it's 'un-painted' appearance in this photo

 

The entrance/back wall of the wheelhouse for the USS Lexington

The same entrance/back wall of the wheelhouse for the USS Yorktown

 

The USS Lexington's wheelhouse

The USS Yorktown's wheelhouse

 

The bridge of the USS Lexington

Morgan Adams on the bridge of the USS Yorktown

 

The 'Island/Bridge' structure of the USS Lexington, with the open hatch where visitors can walk out onto the flight deck

The 'Island/Bridge' structure of the USS Yorktown, with the open hatches where visitors can walk out onto the flight deck

 

A view of the port side of the front portion of the flight deck on the USS Lexington. Notice that the side catwalk abruptly ends at the bottom portion of the photo.

This is the same location on the port side of the front portion of the flight deck of the USS Yorktown. Here there is a catwalk that runs all the way up to the gun platform. This was the shooting location used for Mark's 1992 student film JUDGMENT DAY, which is now closed to the public. There is no such catwalk on the USS Lexington.

 

 

Click here for more information and photos about the making of the 1992 student film JUDGMENT DAY that was shot on location at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

 

Click here to see photos from Patriots Point 1990 to 2006

 

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