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.

From CV-12 to CVA-12

In this new photo gallery, we are bringing you 35 photos of USS Hornet, starting with her time in the shipyard going through the modernization program, to her re-commissioning ceremony and later shakedown cruises in late 1953 and early 1954, all before her first World Cruise as CVA-12 in 1954.

After World War II, USS Hornet CV-12 was decommissioned on January 15th, 1947 in San Francisco and mothballed as part of the Pacific Reserve Fleet.

With the Cold War tensions heating up in the 50s and an active war in Korea, the US Navy decided to reactivate and modernize most of the Essex class carriers that were still in the Reserve Fleets. USS Hornet was chosen to undergo her first extensive modernization and upgrade program, that would prepare her for the new and much heavier and faster jet fighters the US Navy had started to use in the 50s.

The  Ship Characteristics Board Project 27 sub-type A, or SCB-27A, was the name for this modernization project. SCB-27A, along with numerous other updates and changes all around the hull, would mainly be focused on new catapults, reinforced flight decks, stronger and larger elevators, and new arresting gear. USS Hornet’s modernization was undertaken by New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn, New York, starting in May, 1951. After more than 2 years, USS Hornet was recommissioned and reclassified as an attack aircraft carrier, CVA-12, on Friday, September 11th, 1953.

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

You can find the gallery by clicking this link:

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

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

You can read more about the SCB-27 programs for the Essex class carriers here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCB-27

 

Apollo-12 Recovery Photos

Here is the second part of our Apollo recovery photo galleries. This time, we are presenting 23 photos from the recovery of Apollo-12 in the Pacific Ocean on November 24th, 1969.

A SH-3D Sea King from HS-4 was the main recovery helicopter with frogmen of UDT-13 on-board. As you can see, it was pretty much the same procedure that Apollo-11 astronauts went through a couple months before; with the frogmen helping the astronauts out of the command module into the Sea King. The astronauts are then flown to Hornet, and into the waiting MQF for the various ceremonies and voyage back home.

You can read more about the Apollo-12 mission here.

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

You can see the photo gallery here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1969_CVS_12_Apollo_12

or by following the Photo Gallery link in the main page, and selecting CVS-12 in the next view.

 

Apollo-11 Recovery Photos

USS Hornet CVS-12 was the prime recovery ship for the first 2 lunar missions, Apollo-11 and Apollo-12. In the next 2 updates, we will bring you photos from both recovery missions for USS Hornet.

On July 24th, 1969, after Apollo-11’s command module landed in the Pacific Ocean, an SH-3D Sea King (number 66) of HS-4 and UDT 11 swimmers recovered the astronauts and the command module and brought them back to USS Hornet CVS-12, where Richard Nixon, the President of United States and a host of other dignitaries, NASA personnel and members of the press were waiting for their arrival.

In this first gallery, we are presenting 34 pictures from this momentous day in Hornet’s history. You will see photos of the recovery in the ocean, transfer to the Mobile Quarantine Facility (USS Hornet Museum currently has an MQF on display) as well as the President’s visit and various ceremonies on board the USS Hornet. We have also included photos from the ship’s return to Pearl Harbor with the astronauts and their eventual move back to the USA.

These photos were again graciously provided by William L. Ballenger and will be followed next week with the Apollo-12 recovery photo gallery.

You can view the photos here directly:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1969_CVS_12_Apollo_11

or by following the Photo Gallery link in the main page.

 

 

Third and final part of our USS Hornet CV-8 photo galleries

With the 40 new photos we are adding today, we are concluding our 3-part series on the wartime service of USS Hornet  CV-8.

These photos cover the time period between April 30th 1942, right after CV-8 returned to Pearl Harbor from the Doolittle Raid (part 2 our CV-8 photo gallery here), and October 26th 1942, when she was sunk during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.

This gallery has again been kindly provided by William L. Ballenger.

You can view the gallery here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1942_CV_8_part3

or by going to the Photo Gallery section and selecting the “USS Hornet CV-8 World War II Cruise part 3” gallery.

USS Hornet CV-8 Doolittle Raid photos

We are now bringing you 28 photos from USS Hornet CV-8’s Doolittle Raid. This gallery is again coming from William L. Ballenger’s collection, and contain images of US Navy Blimp L-8’s supply run, B-25s and their crew preparing for the raid on the Hornet’s deck, as well as the launch of the raid from other ships in the Task Force. These are all official US Navy photos and we hope some of them might be new to you.

You can find the photos here: http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1942_CV_8_part2

or by going to the Photo Gallery section and selecting the “Doolittle Raid” gallery.

New photo galleries for USS Hornet CV-8 (part 1)

This week we are bringing you the first of our 3-part CV-8 photo gallery. In this collection, there are 28 photos covering CV-8’s construction, commissioning and her first deployment to Pacific. The first collection includes photos from March 3rd, 1941 to February 28th, 1942.

The first aircraft carrier in the US Navy to be named Hornet, CV-8 was laid down on September 25th, 1939, launched on December 14th, 1940. She was commissioned at Norfolk on October 20th, 1941.

In this set, we also have photos of CV-8 with her Air Group before her departure to Pacific, VF-8’s F4F-4 Wildcats, VB-8’s SBC-4 Helldivers and VT-8’s TBD-1 Devastators.

You can find the photos here: http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1941_CV_8_part1 or by going to the Photo Gallery section and selecting the “1941 CV-8 part 1” gallery.

These photos were again kindly provided by William L. Ballenger and also include pictures from the collection of Michael W. Pocock (http://www.maritimequest.com).

We will follow up on this set with photos from the Doolittle Raid.