after lunch the four of us: Rogey, Troubadour, Trobairitz & myself decided to Tour the USS Hornet, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991 . Troubadour and Trobairitz had been here before but they did the engine room tour, and this time we did the "Island" tour.
I don't recall ever being on an Aircraft carrier before and it was as big as 3 football fields
I can't help but think how busy this area would have been during the war with planes going up and down, being repaired or serviced and how much noise there would be down here
Not a Triumph Tiger, but an F-11F Tiger
Here we are on the flight deck. There are some areas which you are only allowed to access through a guided tour
The do have a few helicopters and jets parked "on the deck"
while the deck is big with a long runway, I am sure it doesn't appear that way as you are attempting to land
We are waiting for our Docent. The "Island" tour starts at the flight deck and goes up to the Combat Information Centre and up 5 flights of steep ladderlike steps to the Primary Flight Control, and Navigation bridge
This is the command post where the planes are staged. From take off to landing, it is all handled here with a staff of about 20 people
Looking out the window you see the San Francisco skyline in the background on the other side of the Bay. If you squint you can see the Oakland-Bay bridge near the top on the right
I'm all mixed up, I think this is the navigation or chart room. They all look similar with the same looking machines
This is one of the Bridges looking towards the front
Our Docent was actually a co-pilot and he had interesting stories to tell
It was getting late and soon we had to go our separate ways. I was leaving early in the morning for my flight home. Rogey, I hope we helped to make your vacation a memorable one. 'Till we meet again . . .