USS Hornet Museum
USS Hornet (CVS-12) (Aircraft Carrier)
USS Hornet docked in Alameda, CA
|NRHP Reference #||91002065|
|Added to NRHP||December 4, 1991|
|Designated NHL||December 4, 1991|
It is composed of the USS Hornet (CV-12) aircraft carrier, exhibits from the NASA Apollo moon exploration missions, and several retired aircraft from the Second World War and the transonic and early supersonic jet propulsion period. A number of compartments contain exhibits concerning contemporary carriers that are supported by related associations. The flight deck, hangar deck, and first deck below are open for self-guided tours. Docent-led tours are available into the ship's navigation and flight deck control areas of the island and down into one of the engineering spaces containing two of the four ship's propulsion turbines.
It is located on the southernmost pier of the former Naval Air Station Alameda. There are plans to relocate it to the corner of the Seaplane Lagoon closest to the Alameda Point Museum in conjunction with a ferry terminal and a light rail or bus connection to BART.
Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation preserves and honors the legacy of the USS Hornet, a national historic landmark, and its role in naval aviation, the defense of our country, the Apollo Program, and exploration of space. The USS Hornet Museum connects the greatest generation of Americans with future generations, educating and inspiring them to meet their challenges.
The USS Hornet Museum officially opened to the public on October 17, 1998. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin was the principal speaker. Attending dignitaries included Congresswoman Barbara Lee; Honorable Jerry Brown – Mayor-elect of Oakland; Honorable Ralph Appezzatto – Mayor of Alameda; General Richard Hearney – Vice President for Domestic Business Development, Boeing Company; and RADM Robert Chaplin – Superintendent, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
Aircraft on display
The USS Hornet Museum has a number of aircraft on display including propeller aircraft, jet aircraft, and helicopters. The aircraft are from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Museum guests can get up-close to the aircraft displayed on the Flight Deck and on the Hangar Deck. Aircraft are sometimes moved between decks utilizing the ship's #1 aircraft elevator. Exhibit highlights include:
- TBM-3E Avenger – torpedo bomber from World War II
- T-28B Trojan – military trainer
- US-2B Tracker – anti-submarine warfare (ASW) utility aircraft
- FJ-2 Fury – 1950s swept-wing fighter jet
- TA-4J Skyhawk – trainer from the last aggressor squadron, VC-8
- F8U-1 Crusader – Vietnam War era supersonic fighter
- S-3B Viking – all-weather, multi-mission, long-range aircraft
- F-14A Tomcat – veteran of the Gulf War
Apollo splashdown display
USS Hornet was selected in 1969 to serve as the Prime Recovery Ship (PRS) for the Apollo 11 moon mission. The whole world watched as Hornet led a picture-perfect recovery of America's first astronauts to land on the Moon following their Splashdown back on Earth. Four months later, Hornet recovered the all-Navy crew of Apollo 12. The USS Hornet Museum has the largest Apollo Program exhibit on the West Coast. Artifacts on display include:
- Apollo Command Module CSM-011 used for the AS-202 unmanned suborbital flight test
- Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) used by the Apollo 14 astronauts following their return to Earth
- SH-3H Sea King used in the 1995 movie Apollo 13
- Memorabilia and photos from the Apollo 11 and 12 Splashdowns
The ship is mostly self-guided. A tour map is available at the admissions desk and museum docents are available throughout the ship to answer questions and lead special tours. A short video on the history of the ship is shown in the orientation area.
The USS Hornet Museum offers a Live-Aboard Program that is available to any organized youth group or family. Guests can experience the life of a sailor by touring the ship at night, eating in the crew's mess, and sleeping in the berthing compartments (bunks). Some visitors to this program have reported ghost sightings.
- U.S. Navy museums (and other aircraft-carrier museums)
- List of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy
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