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Old 06-28-2006, 07:04 PM   #1
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USS Hornet - 1969

The USS Hornet was saved from the scrapyard and recommissioned in 1998. The ship is currently operating as a living museum in Alameda, CA. This aircraft carrier has a fascinating history. Our local paper published an article on the USS Hornet last week which included this photo:
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The hoisting options on the skid frame under the Airstream are very interesting. Also, rear entry... and what is that bezel above and to the left of the seal of the President of the United States? Is that a lock?

Pretty cool picture.

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A buddy of mine went to the National Air and Space museum a couple of weeks ago. This "trailer" (if it's actually the same one) is on static display there. He took a bunch of pictures that I got a look at. I've been bugging 'em make me a CD copy to share with everybody, but none to date. If it's the same one, it's about 35 or 40 feet long, no running gear and the interior is nothing like a camper at all. Lots of weird test equipment and so on. If I can ever copies I'll post 'em for everybody.

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The original Hornet, CV-8, was disabled and sunk in Oct 42. I know a plank-owner (original crew member) from Alameda's CV-12 Hornet. He was an aircraft engine mechanic. From commissioning in Nov 43 until returning to San Francisco near war's end, he never left the ship. Such were the demands of war.

He did the Alameda tour about 6-7 years ago. After standing in line for the guided tour it brought tears when told he had full liberty to tour the ship without escort.
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The original Hornet, CV-8, was disabled and sunk in Oct 42. I know a plank-owner (original crew member) from Alameda's CV-12 Hornet. He was an aircraft engine mechanic. From commissioning in Nov 43 until returning to San Francisco near war's end, he never left the ship. Such were the demands of war.

He did the Alameda tour about 6-7 years ago. After standing in line for the guided tour it brought tears when told he had full liberty to tour the ship without escort.
My father served on the Hornet in the early 50's. I have a very nice Cribbage board which was presented to him when he left the ship.

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A buddy of mine went to the National Air and Space museum a couple of weeks ago. This "trailer" (if it's actually the same one) is on static display there. He took a bunch of pictures that I got a look at. I've been bugging 'em make me a CD copy to share with everybody, but none to date. If it's the same one, it's about 35 or 40 feet long, no running gear and the interior is nothing like a camper at all. Lots of weird test equipment and so on. If I can ever copies I'll post 'em for everybody.

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Hey Jim - When you get those pics, please post them here. I'd love to see them.

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Wilco, let me call him and see if can email me a few.
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Hey, I think it is the same one. I twisted my buddy's arm and he sent me the goods. I've got several of these, so I'll go thru them and pick out the better ones.
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Here's more. Hey, wait a minute, I need one of those A/C covers......
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And a couple more......
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One more. I wonder if we can figure out how long it is by counting the ribs?
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Mark, I took this picture a while ago when we visited the USS Hornet in Alameda. Jeff
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Hey - thanks guys. Those are some awesome pictures!

Jeff - how long ago did you visit the Hornet? We've wanted to take my father-in-law there for the tour for quite some time now. He was a P-38 pilot in the South Pacific during WWII. I'm embarassed to say that the Hornet is only a couple of miles away and we haven't gotten there yet. I'd love to see that Airstream MQF.

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Hornet history...

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Mark, about a year and half ago we visited the carrier. A great half day of exploring with my son. Jeff
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