Tour of the USS Hornet: Sunday, May 18, 2003

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A total of three cars met at the Towe Auto Museum in Sacramento at 10:00 a.m. for the drive to the Bay Area. After an uneventful trip, the group arrived in Alameda. We were soon joined by two additional Lincolns, bringing the car count to five for the May 18th tour.

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Aboard the USS Hornet (CVS-12) Aircraft Carrier

The tour of the USS Hornet began on the hangar deck of the ship which included several jet airplanes, helecopters, and an Apollo space exhibit with information about the Hornet's recovery of the Apollo 11 capsule. We then climbed to the flight deck and, after some quick exploring, joined a tour of the "island" (the navigation bridge/pilot house).

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Engine Room Tour

After further exploration of the flight and hangar decks, we met at 2:00 p.m. for the engine room tour. We saw the number one engine room, most impressive because it was designed to monitor the carrier's three other engines. We saw the machinery room, the Marine detachment area, the ship's extensive medical facilities, and the mess hall. Following our tour, we explored more of the lower decks. We saw one of the huge backup diesel generators, several smaller kitchens and mess halls, and more crew quarters. Aside from our two guided tours, we were essentially given free reign of the ship. Unlike typical "museums," we could climb ladders, push buttons, and explore the majority of the ship.

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Photos: John Woodward

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