Hundreds turn out to bid farewell to the U.S.S. Forrestal

Hundreds turned out to see the USS Forrestal pass by South Padre Island

With hundreds of spectators watching, a historic aircraft carrier passed through South Padre Island jetties and on to its final destination.

The U.S.S. Forrestal headed into the Laguna Madre and Brownsville Ship Channel just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Launched in 1954, the historic aircraft carrier served the U.S. Navy for nearly 40 years.

Since it was decommissioned in 1993, the Forrestal sat in ports in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

But the Navy sold the vessel to All Star Metals, which will dismantle the aircraft carrier at its facility in the Port of Brownsville.

The historic ship's passage was slowed down by heavy fog around the Island but it finally cleared just after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Hundreds of spectators crowded Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island to catch a glimpse of history.