Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is the only carrier museum in the world to house the top 10 most significant aircraft in U.S. carrier aviation history, according to the winter issue of The Hook magazine, the official journal of The Tailhook Association.
A panel of judges, including writers, historians, photographers and aviators, was assembled by The Tailhook Association and was asked to rate 62 carrier aircraft with regard to four criteria: impact (aircraft's impact on the aviation world and/or significant increase in capability it brought to the U.S. Navy), combat record (operations against the enemy), longevity (length of useful service, if significant), and image (an aircraft's iconic image as a member of carrier aviation, recognizable to those in and out of the business).
"There are only a few places in the U.S. that you can make one stop and see all of these Naval aircraft that helped make our country great," said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. "We are thrilled that Patriots Point is the only aircraft carrier museum in the nation that has all 10 of these historic aircraft."
Here are the top 10 as identified by the judges: