Living Ship Days

Living Ship Days

Experience an aircraft carrier in action! Witness simulated flight operations; participate in mission briefings; meet former crew; sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet!

Usually scheduled for the third Saturday of each month. Due to unpredictable weather, Hornet’s Living Ship Day Season usually runs from March-September and is subject to change. Please check back for updates to our schedule of Living Ship Day Events.

PLEASE NOTE: Our aircraft elevator is undergoing repairs and will not be in use until further notice.

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Scheduled Dates

Saturday, August 16, 2014 – The Tale of the Big E!

Learn the history of USS Enterprise CVN-65: The World’s First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier

New Zealand naval historian and author Dr. Dave McKay will share the fascinating history of the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier—the USS Enterprise—onboard the USS Hornet Museum on August 16th, 2014 as part of the Living Ship Day Series. Dr. McKay, author of the book, USS Enterprise CVN-65: The World’s First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier, will reveal the personal and heroic stories of the men who served onboard the Big E.

Dr. McKay has written a history book with the passion of a novel and the documentation of a stellar thesis. With a foreword by her first commanding officer (CO), VADM Vince de Poix; the midword by her third CO, ADM James Holloway III; and afterword by her last CO, CAPT William Hamilton, the exciting history of the first Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier Comes to life.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and Dr. McKay will do a book signing following his presentation at 1:00 pm.


If you enjoy our Living Ship Days, and the variety of informative speakers and exciting activities we offer, please consider making a donation directed specifically to the Education Department. Contact the Donations Department by phone at: (510) 521-8448 x238 or email: Donations@uss-hornet.org. Thank you for your support!

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