Viper Club tours the USS Hornet aircraft carrier. June, 2011.
Viper Club in front of the USS Hornet.
3500 crewmen served aboard the USS Hornet when it was in action.
Glen hobbles up the stairs.
Our host is Jim Baker, who served aboard the USS Hornet and is now 2012 President of the USS Hornet Association.
This was our host back when he served aboard the Hornet. His takehome pay for the YEAR was $1197!
Viewing seats for the Vipers?
You tell a person's rank by the thickness of their mattress. These were the enlisted men's quarters.
Junior officers got some personal space.
Senior officers had thicker mattresses and more space.
Is that a shell, or are you just happy to see me?
"Hey, let's go check out the men!"
I know, it looks weird, but it's actually a 12,000 kw generator.
Carriers were self-contained cities with all services, including this printing press.
Rocky grooves on the machine shop.
Period items from the store.
The bakery would bake 1600 loaves of bread per DAY.
The "attitude adjustment" room...
A model of the first aircraft carrier. The plane would hook the ropes tied to sand bags to stop.
The Hornet used an elaborate hydraulic and cable system to catapult the plane off the deck or capture the plane when it landed.
John takes a look at the cables used for the catapult.
Jim points out that the Hornet CSV 8 was destroyed, and replaced by this carrier, CSV 12.
Lunch at Pier 29 restaurant.