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, April 19, 2014 – The Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

A Navy Major's Memoirs of USS Hornet CV-8 & the Doolittle Raid

The USS Hornet Museum will commemorate the anniversary of the Doolittle Raid by featuring a very special speaker. The Museum is pleased to present author and veteran LCDR USN Richard J. Nowatzki. 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.

Rich will share his many fond memories of the Doolittle Raiders. The Doolittle Raid of April 18, 1942 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.

Rich’s book, Memoirs of a Navy Major, is available for purchase at the Ship’s Store, and he will be available to sign copies after 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: Donations@uss-hornet.org. Thank you for your support!

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