More Oriskany…and F-8 Crusaders, too

Yesterday I posted a pic of USS Oriskany arriving in Pensacola, preparing to be “sanked” as an artificial reef in May. Here’s another:

Pensacola, Fla. (March 22, 2006) – Tugboats turn the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) prior to mooring at Allegheny Pier onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Known as the “Big O,” the 32,000-ton, 888-foot Oriskany is being delivered to Pensacola, where it is being prepared for its final journey. Oriskany is schedule to be scuttled 22 miles south of Pensacola in approximately 212 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico May 17, 2006, where it will become the largest ship ever intentionally sunk as an artificial reef. After the Oriskany reaches the bottom, ownership of the vessel will transfer from the Navy to the State of Florida. U.S. Navy photo by Megan Kohr (RELEASED)

For the sake of the Navy, I won’t even mention “schedule to be scuttled”…

I’ve mentioned the plans for Oriskany before. Here’s another pic from Corpus Christi. The trip to the depths has been a long and winding road, and most of the obstacles have been environmentalists of one sort or another. As is usually the case with retired ships. (FWIW, the French finally gave up trying to get the Clemenceau broken up in India.)

This past weekend, at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, I snapped these pics of an Oriskany F-8J Crusader:


James Hooker is a major Crusader fan, so be sure to check out his post from this morning on the ol warbird: My kingdom for a time machine!


  1. The Oriskany has an interesting history, having served for 26 years. 44 sailors died in a fire on her.

  2. Sorry — I see you already covered her history in your earlier post, to which you linked. I suppose no private concern could afford to keep her affloat as an offshore gambling casino, platform on which to build condos, or something. I’m thinking some of the villians in the Bond movies would love to have a platform like this for their evil plans. ;-)