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Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Museum - Alameda, CA

Last visit November 2008



 
USS Hornet
USS Hornet


Anchor chain
Anchor chain


Anti-aircraft gun
Anti-aircraft gun

Bridge/pilot house
Bridge & pilot house


Conning tower
Conning tower


Mechanical computer
Ship's Computer


Flight control
Flight control


Flight deck
Flight deck


Diesel engine
Diesel engine


Hydraulic catapult
Hydraulic catapult


Living quarters
Living quarters


Kitchen
Kitchen

Surgery operatory
Medical operatory

Sick bay/hospital
Sick bay/ hospital

Laundry room
Laundry room


SBD Dauntless
SBD Dauntless


Doors and hallways
Doors & hallways


Stairs and hatches
Stairs and hatches


Engine room control panel
Engine room -
control panel

Steam turbine
Steam turbine


   
Weapons elevator
Weapons elevator

       

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USS Hornet Museum - Aircraft Carrier

707 W Hornet Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 521-8448


Visited November 2008: The USS Hornet (CV12) is an Essex class aircraft carrier named after the USS Hornet (CV8) that participated in the Doolittle raid in April of 1942 and was later sunk in October of 1942 by the Japanese. The USS Hornet (CV12) entered combat in the Pacific in March of 1944, and participated in the Marianas Turkey Shoot, the invasions of the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.


The USS Hornet made numerous air strikes against Japanese installations in the Western Pacific including Japan itself, and participated in the sinking of the Japanese battleship Yamamoto. In 1955 an angled flight deck was added and the modernized ship participated in the Vietnam conflict. The USS Hornet also retrieved the Apollo 11 moon astronauts that were greeted on board by President Nixon. The USS Hornet (CV12) was retired in June of 1970, and opened as a museum in October of 1998.


The museum hosts a restored SBD Dauntless dive bomber and other postwar aircraft. The original Apollo moon quarantine trailer and other space exhibits are present, along with a wonderful collection of model aircraft carriers. The ship is huge, and it is a challenge to see everything within a six hour visit.