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.Hornet’s Living Ship Day Season usually runs from February-August 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, April 25, 2015 – Honoring the Doolittle Raid
  • Saturday, May 16, 2015 – Birth of the Original Navy SEAL: The UDT
  • Sunday, June 21, 2015 – Salute to Dad (Father’s Day BBQ & special youth entertainment)
  • Saturday, July 18, 2015 – Apollo Splashdown Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, April 25, 2015 – Honoring the Doolittle Raid

Join us in a special tribute to the Doolittle Raid

Richard Nowatzki, LCDR USN (Ret), author and Hornet CV-8 veteran, will be a special guest this day. Nowatzki served on CV-8 during the historic Doolittle Raid of April 18, 1942, which was the first U.S. air raid to strike the Japanese home islands during WWII. The mission is notable in that it was the only combat operation in which Army Air Force bombers were launched from an aircraft carrier, the USS Hornet CV-8.

As a young seaman fresh out of boot camp, Nowatzki was assigned to the USS Hornet (CV-8) before she was commissioned and remained part of her crew until she was sunk in combat in October 1942. He will share his many fond memories of the Doolittle Raiders in a presentation at 1:00pm in Hangar Bay 3. Limited supplies of his book, Memoirs of a Navy Major, are available for purchase through our Ship’s Store, and he will be available to sign them following his presentation.


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: Thank you for your support!

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