Warplane Survivors USA: California, Alameda, USS Hornet Museum

California Warplanes, Alameda, USS Hornet Museum

Alameda, USS Hornet Museum, PO Box 460, 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3, Alameda CA 94501.  (510) 521-8448.

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The USS Hornet (CV-12) aircraft carrier is a museum ship with exhibits from the NASA Apollo moon exploration missions, (the Hornet recovered the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 space capsules), 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.  Open daily 10 AM to 4 PM.

(NASA Photo)

The Apollo 11 crew await pickup by a helicopter from the USS Hornet, prime recovery ship for the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.  The fourth man in the life raft is a United States Navy underwater demolition team swimmer.  All four men are wearing Biological Isolation Garments (BIG).  The Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia," with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. splashed down at 11:49 a.m. (CDT), 24 July 1969, about 812 nautical miles southwest of Hawaii and only 12 nautical miles from the USS Hornet.

(Johantheghost Photo)

Apollo Command capsule.

(Alan Wilson Photo)

Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless (BuNo. 10508).

(Skytamer.com Photo)

Douglas A-4A Skyhawk (BuNo. 139929).

(Erick McCarthy USN Photo)

Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo. 158137), 00.

Gemini BP 1102A capsule.

General Motors (Eastern) FM-2 Wildcat (BuNo. 55052), 6, 15, restoration project.

(NMNA Photo)

Two US Navy Grumman TBF-1C Avengers from Torpedo Squadron 2 (VT-2) pass over the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-12) prior to entering the pattern for recovery on board the carrier.  Note the mission markings on the aircraft, as well as the white dot on their tails indicating assignment to USS Hornet.  VT-2 operated from Hornet during that carrier's initial combat actions between March and September 1944.  This included the "Mission Beyond Darkness" in the June 1944 during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, as well as strikes against the Palaus, Carolines, the Bonin Islands, New Guinea, and the Marianas.

(Stan Shebs Photo)

(BrokenSpherre Photo)

General Motors (Eastern) TBM-3 Avenger (BuNo. 85560), c/n 2379, 14, (Serial No. 69-375), Reg. No. N6830C.

(Skytamer.com Photo)

(Broken Sphere Photos)

Grumman F9F-5P Panther (BuNo. 125316), painted as (BuNo. 123517), 38.

Grumman F-11A Tiger (BuNo. 141821), 205, nose section.

(Stan Shebs Photos)

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Grumman F-14A Tomcat (BuNo. 162689), AD-101.  F-14A-140-GR.

(BrokenSphere Photos)

Grumman US-2B Tracker (BuNo. 136691), 691.

(USN Photo)

A U.S. Navy Kaman UH-2A Seasprite (BuNo 149782) from Helicopter Utility Squadron 1 (HU-1) Det.N "Pacific Fleet Angels" in flight. HU-1 Det.N was assigned to Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 57 (CVSG-57) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CVS-12) for a deployment to the Western Pacific from 10 October 1963 to 15 April 1964.

Kaman SH-2F Seasprite Helicopter (BuNo. 149021).

Lockheed P2V-3W Neptune (BuNo. 124359).

(Jon 'ShakataGaNai' Davis Photo)

Lockheed S-3B Viking (BuNo. 160599), NG-700.

LTV A-7E Corsair II (BuNo.).

(Mike Fleer Touchdown-aviation Photo)

McDonnell F-4D-26-MC Phantom (Serial No. 65-0588), 194th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, California Air National Guard, 1989.

McDonnell F-4D Phantom II (BuNo. 148423), project.

(Bruce R. Trombecky, USN Photo)

McDonnell F-4J-32-MC Phantom II (BuNo. 153879) of Fighter Squadron VF-194 "Red Lightnings" with other squadron aircraft at Naval Air Station Miramar, California, on 25 Nov 1976.

(Jon 'ShakataGaNai' Davis Photo)

McDonnell F-4S Phantom II (BuNo. 153879), 210.

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Mobile Quarantine Unit MQU-004, Apollo 14.

(USN Photo)

A U.S. Marine Corps North American FJ-2 Fury (BuNo. 132057) from Marine Fighter Squadron VMF-312 Checkerboards.  The FJ-2 132057 is today preserved at the USS Hornet Museum at Alameda.

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(Author Photo)

North American FJ-3 Fury (BuNo. 132057), on the hangar below the flight deck of the USS Hornet Museum, moored in San Francisco Harbour, Alameda, California.

(Jon 'ShakataGaNai' Davis Photo)

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North American T-28B Trojan (BuNo. 529263), painted (BuNo. 138349), 349.

(BrokenSphere Photo)

Piasecki HUP-1 Retriever Helicopter (BuNo. 124915), UP-8.

(USN Photo)

A U.S. Navy Sikorsky SH-3A Sea King (BuNo 151554) from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 2 (HS-2) "Golden Falcons" deploys its AN/AQS-13 dipping sonar. HS-2 was assigned to Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 57 (CVSG-57) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CVS-12) for a deployment to the Western Pacific and Vietnam from 12 August 1965 to 23 March 1966

Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King Helicopter (BuNo. 148999), 66, HS-4.

(USN Photo)

A U.S. Navy Sikorsky UH-34E Seahorse (BuNo 145713) of helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 (HC-1) "Pacific Fleet Angels" in flight over the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CVS-12) in the 1960s.

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(BrokenSphere Photo)

Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse Helicopter (BuNo. 150553), YZ-63, built in 1963.

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Chance Vought F7U-3 Cutlass in afterburner as it launched from a carrier.

Chance Vought F7U-3 Cutlass (BuNo. 129565), restoration project.  This Cutlass (BuNo. 129565) was on display for many years at Olathe, Kansas.

(Stan Shebs Photos)

Vought F-8U-1 (F-8A) Crusader (BuNo. 143703), NL-412, VF-154.

Vought F-8U-1 (F-8K) Crusader (BuNo. 147034), 00, “Clementine”, nose section.

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