Second part of the personal photo collection from the 1957 cruise

We are now following up on our last update with the second part of Dick Dansinberg’s 1957 collection. You can see the first part here (http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/hornetbuzz/?p=215)

This gallery contains 49 photos of Air Group 14’s air operations during the ’57 cruise on board USS Hornet CVA-12. Air Group 14 included:

  • VF-142 flying North American FJ-3M Fury (tail code A-2XX)
  • VF-144 flying Grumman F9F-8B Cougar (tail code A-4XX)
  • VA-145 flying Douglas AD-6 Skyraider (tail code A-5XX)
  • VA-146 flying Grumman F9F-8B Cougar (tail code A-6XX)
  • VAH-6 flying North American AJ-2 Savage (tail code NF XX)
  • VAW-11 flying Douglas AD-5W Skyraider (tail code ND 4X)
  • VAAW-35 flying Douglas AD-5N Skyraider (tail code NR 7X)
  • VFP-61 flying Grumman F9F-8P Cougar (tail code PP-79/8X)
  • HU-1 flying Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever (tail code UP 7)

You can see the photos here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1957_Far_East_Cruise_Dick_Dansinberg_part_2

or by going to the Photo Gallery section, selecting CVA-12 and then the “Dick Dansinberg Photos – part 2” gallery.

Apart from the Air Group 14 aircraft, there are a couple of beautiful shots of a VA-116 Vought F7U Cutlass. According to the history of the squadron, the aircraft was based at NAS Miramar when the squadron aircraft were wearing the W-2XX tail code, so it might have been a carrier trial deployment.

 

One of the most interesting series of photos show 2 VF-192 F9F-8 Cougar aircraft, who, most likely, landed on the wrong aircraft carrier. Hornet air crew followed standard procedure by tagging the aircraft appropriately in USS Hornet regalia.

Finally you will see a series of aerial photos showing NAS Sangley Point, Philippines, along with Martin P5M Marlins. You will see the markings of an unidentified FASRON 119 aircraft in the aerial shots, as well.

Another personal photo collection from the 1957 cruise (part 1)

Here is the first part of a new collection of photos from the 1957 West Pacific Cruise. These photos come from a box of 35mm slides that were donated to the museum by USS Hornet veteran Dick Dansinberg. Unfortunately, other than his name, we do not have any information about him or his service. Also the slides were not in a great condition and the digital scans had to be extensively cleaned up and enhanced.

The photos in the first part show life on board the ship, as well as operations with other ships in the Pacific. You can see USS Wasp (CVA-18), USS Bennington (CVA-20), USS O’Bannon (DD-450), USS Perkins (DD-877), an unidentified cruiser, and other supply and tanker ships.

You can see the photos by following this link http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1957_Far_East_Cruise_Dick_Dansinberg_part_1 or by going to the Photo Gallery section and selecting the CVA-12 collection and then the “1957 West Pacific Cruise Dick Dansinberg – part 1” gallery.

We are going to follow up with the second part of the collection that covers the aircraft and air operations during the cruise.

As always, please let us know if you have any more information about the photos in this collection in the comments.

New photo collection from the 1957 West Pacific Cruise

This new gallery is from a personal photo collection of 35mm color slides donated to the USS Hornet Museum and  includes 12 pictures from CVA-12′s West Pacific Cruise in 1957. Unfortunately, along with the donor’s name, we do not know much about these photos at this stage, and would appreciate if our readers can provide us with details.

You can find the photo collection by following this link: http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1957_Far_East_Cruise_Personal_Photos

or by going to the Photo Gallery section and selecting the CVA-12 collection and then the “1957 West Pacific Cruise Personal Photos” gallery.

In this cruise, USS Hornet embarked Air Group-14 (CVG-14) commanded by Commander Ray C. Tylutki, with the following squadrons:

  • VF-142 flying North AmericanFJ-3MFury (tail code letters A 2xx)
  • VF-144 flying Grumman F9F-8B Cougar (tail code letters A 4xx)
  • VA-145 flying Douglas AD-6 Skyraider (tail code letters A 5xx)
  • VA-146 flying Grumman F9F-8B Cougar (tail code letters A 6xx)
  • VAH-6 flying North American AJ-2 Savage (tail code letters NF xx Det. F)
  • VAW-11 flying Douglas AD-5W Skyraider (tail code letters ND 4x Det. F)
  • VAAW-35 flying Douglas AD-5N Skyraider (tail code letters NR 7x Det. F)
  • VFP-61 flying Grumman F9F-8P Cougar (tail code letters PP 79/8x Det. F)
  • HU-1 flying Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever (tail code letters UP 7  Det 1 Unit F)

One of the highlights in the photos is the mix and match of camouflage colors in the aircraft. Whereas most of the aircraft are in non-specular grays and whites, you will see a couple of Skyraiders in gloss sea blue.

CVA-12 photos from 1955 to 1957

In this new gallery, we are bringing you 31 photos from USS Hornet CVA-12’s operations and modernization between 1955 and 1957.

After CVA-12’s 1955 West Pacific Cruise, USS Hornet moved to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington at the end of year and went through the SCB-125 modernization program during 1956.

The most important upgrade as part of this program was the installation of the angled deck that gave the USS Hornet its current look. Other upgrades included the hurricane bow, mirror landing system, modifications to the elevators and new arresting gear. You can read more about this modernization program here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCB-125

The 1957 West Pacific Cruise that came after the modernization was actually the last deployment of the USS Hornet as an attack carrier (CVA). After another upgrade in 1958, USS Hornet was re-designated as CVS-12.

One of the most interesting series of photos show an odd group of aircraft on the flight deck of Hornet in October 1956. You can see an F7U Cutlass, a TBM Avenger (!), a Skyraider and a couple Panthers.

Cutlass and an Avenger

 

You can view the photo gallery here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1955_1957_CVA-12

or by selecting the CVA-12 photo collections from the Photo Gallery and then selecting the “CVA-12 1955 to 1957” gallery.

These photos were again kindly provided by William L. Ballenger.

 

F-4S Phantom II Walk Around added…

In this second walk around gallery, we are adding 90 photos of the F-4S Phantom II that is waiting for restoration on the USS Hornet.

The Bureau Number on this F-4S is 153879, and was upgraded from an F-4J. According to Joe Baugher’s Navy serial’s website, this F-4S came to USS Hornet from the USS Midway Museum, which received it from storage at Naval Air Depot, NAS North Island, CA.

You can view this gallery here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=F-4S_Walkaround

or by following the Photo Gallery section and then selecting “USS Hornet Museum Aircraft Walk Arounds”.

These photos have again been provided by your webmaster.

 

 

New section added! Walk around photo galleries of aircraft on the USS Hornet Museum

We are now adding a new section on our website where we are going to publish detailed walk around photo galleries of all the aircraft on board the USS Hornet and the restoration projects still in progress.

In the first gallery, we have a hundred photos of the F-14A Tomcat from VF-101 Grim Reapers. This is one of the most complete F-14A Tomcats in a museum, and has been brought to the ship after it has been flown to a nearby airport and de-militarized. It still carries its original squadron paint job.

You can find the photo gallery here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=F-14_Walkaround

or by following the Photo Gallery section and then selecting “USS Hornet Museum Aircraft Walk Arounds”.

This is the gallery section where we will post these aircraft walk around photo collections in the future:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/albumIndex.php?type=aircraftwalkaround

These photos have been provided by your webmaster.

New photo collection from the CVS-12 decommissioning ceremony

In this week’s gallery, we are bringing you 21 photos from the decommissioning ceremony of USS Hornet CVS-12 on June 26th, 1970, and how the ship looked in the 90s while it was stored in the Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility (part of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington).

USS Hornet, after almost 30 years of service with the US Navy, was taken out of service and mothballed in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. She would be kept in the Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility there until she was designated a National Historic Landmark and opened to the public as a museum in Alameda, California on October 17th 1998.

These photos again are kindly provided by William L. Ballenger.

You can find the photo gallery here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1970_CVS12_Decom_Inactive

or by following the Photo Gallery link on the main page and then selecting CVS-12 photo collections.

New photo collection from the 1954 World Cruise

Here is another photo gallery from the 1954 World Cruise of CVA-12. These 62 official US Navy photos are again from William L. Ballenger’s collection.

One of the highlights of this collection is a series of great photos showing USS Hornet’s passage through the Suez Canal on its way to the Pacific Ocean.

You can find this new photo gallery here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1954_CVA_12_World_Cruise

or by following the Photo Gallery link on the main page and then selecting CVA-12 photo collections.

CVS-12 operations in the 60s

In this week’s gallery, we are bringing you 38 official US Navy photos that cover the operations of CVS-12 from 1963 to 1969.

CVS-12 was participating in anti-submarine operations as part of the Pacific Fleet in the 60s, and from 1966 on, was part of the operations off the coast of Vietnam.

We have photos of S2F /S-2E Trackers, A-4 Skyhawks and SH-3 Sea Kings from various Hornet Air Wings.

This photo gallery is again kindly provided by William L. Ballenger, along with the captions and photo details.

You can find the photo gallery by following this link:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1963_1969_CVS_12

or by following the Photo Gallery link on the main page and then selecting CVS-12 photo collections.

Hornet veteran and Avenger pilot Captain Ken Glass honored by Tri-State Warbird Museum

On June 7th, 2013, Tri-State Warbird Museum in Ohio held their 9th annual gala event. The highlight of the event was the TBM/TBF Avenger torpedo bombers of the US Navy and the men who flew them.

Captain Kenneth M. Glass (retired US Navy) was among the World War II veterans and Avenger pilots honored during this event. Captain Glass flew with Torpedo-2 off of USS Hornet CV-12 during the war and completed 33 combat missions during his tour. Below you can see the brochure for this event:

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