USS Hornet Museum, Alameda

The USS Hornet (CV-12) was completed in 1943, and served in WW2, played a role in the Vietnam War, and then took an active part in the Apollo program, recovering astronauts in Apollo missions 11 and 12.

Decomissioned in 1970, it was opened as a museum in 1998. Its location in Alameda, on the site of the old Naval Air Station, next door to Oakland, is a bit off the beaten track, and it was nothing like as busy as the USS Midway museum, on the San Diego waterfront, which is very popular with tourists.

Still, it's an interesting visit and worth seeking out. We were there on 9th May.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Apollo 14 quarantine facility MQF004 The Airstream trailer used to quarantine the crew, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa with a doctor and technician over 4 days in 1971.
Apollo Command Module test vehicle CM-011 Test module for the Apollo capsule, made a short flight into space, and was used for drop testing (all unmanned) in 1966.
Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk 158137 SE-00 Aggressor markings
Grumman F4F Wildcat 55052 15  
Grumman TBM-3R Avenger 69375 14 Miss June ex N395A
Grumman US-2B Tracker 136691 Ex N36AM
Grumman F-14A Tomcat 162689 AD-101  
Kaman SH-2F Seasprite 149021 Ex N8059T
Lockheed S-3B Viking 60599 NG-700  
McDonnell F-4S Phantom II 153879  
North American T-28B Trojan 138349 Ex N4614 (NX4614)
North American FJ-2 Fury 132057 WR-5  
Piasecki HUP-1 (UH-25A) Retriever 124915 UP-8  
Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King 148999 66  
Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse 150553 USMC
Vought F-8A Crusader 143703 NL-412  

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