During the week of Independence Day, we’re taking a moment to appreciate U.S. Navy aircraft carriers’ ability to always be at the ready, defending our freedoms every day and protecting the interests of our partners and allies worldwide.

In just the past year, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) flew armed sorties for 55 days against ISIS while diplomats struggled to get clearance from host countries for others to join the fight. USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) returned from a marathon deployment that lasted nearly 10 months, six of which were spent fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. And in April USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and its Carrier Battle Group were credited for dissuading Iranian ships from delivering shiploads of weapons to rebels in Yemen.

As U.S. Navy Admiral Mark Fitzgerald said, “Our nation deserves no less” than a strong aircraft carrier fleet, and as we celebrate our nation’s 239th Independence Day, we thank the men and women serving aboard aircraft carriers for ensuring our freedoms endure.  


Airplane Suite

Run by Hotel Suites, a company known for offering unique and unusual stays throughout Belgium and the Netherlands, the Airplane Suite is an East German aircraft turned into luxury accommodation for two. Located next to Teuge Airport, the quirky hotel comes with its own infrared sauna and Jacuzzi, and provides guests with top-notch kitchen facilities, an elegant dining area, and a mini bar. High-tech features include 3 flat-screen TVs, Blu-ray DVD player with an ample collection of DVDs, and free Wi-Fi. To make the experience even more intriguing, the cockpit area has been left intact.