Open Cockpit Day gives close look inside aircrafts

VIDEO: Open Cockpit Day gives close look inside aircrafts

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Many got an close look today inside aircrafts flown by U.S. war veterans. It was Open Cockpit Day on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. There was a lot to do for the entire family.

Eleven-year-old Jacob Kramer was in for a surprise, today was his birthday and he celebrated on the Yorktown.

"I'm like what are we going to do today and them I'm just looking out, and I was like wait are we going to go to Patriots Point?," says Kramer.

His mom surprised him and he's been enjoying seeing all the pilot controls.

"By opening up our aircraft and allowing folks to enjoy and feel and experience the things that normally they would never have a chance to do, we love that," says Yorktown tour guide, Hal Rigby.

Rigby says most of the aircrafts are from the Vietnam era and after. One helicopter, the SH-3G Sea King was used for air-sea rescues during the Vietnam War.

Several of the kids that came out gave Open Cockpit Day two thumbs up.

"The children love it, but the adults love it too, and they sometimes smile and have more pleasure doing this than the children do," says Rigby.

"There's a lot of big things here for big boys too you know, especially the airplanes," says a parent.

Many were getting their first close-up look at the museum's most historic aircrafts.

Today was the first Open Cockpit Day of the season. Patriots Points usually hosts more days like this during the spring and summer.

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