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, September 12, 2015 – Heroes of Space

Celebrate Patriots & Heroes Week with a Special Hero

Please join us on Saturday, September 12th for a special Living Ship Day featuring former NASA astronaut Daniel W. Bursch (CAPT, USN, RET).

Bursch graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979 and was designated a naval flight officer in April 1980 at Pensacola, Florida. He attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in January 1984. Upon graduation in December, he worked as a project test flight officer flying the A-6 Intruder until August 1984, when he returned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School as a flight instructor. Redesignated an Aeronautical Engineering Duty officer (AEDO), he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, from July 1989 until his selection to the astronaut program.

Bursch was selected by NASA in January 1990 and became an astronaut in July 1991. His technical assignments to date include: Astronaut Office Operations Development Branch, working on controls and displays for the Space Shuttle and Space Station; Chief of Astronaut Appearances; and spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in mission control. A veteran of four space flights, Bursch has logged over 227 days in space. He was a mission specialist on STS-51 (1993), STS-68 (1994) and STS-77 (1996), and served as flight engineer on ISS Expedition-Four (2001-2002). Dan Bursch and fellow astronaut Carl Walz currently hold the U.S. space flight endurance record of 196 days in space. In January 2003, Bursch reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA for a two-year assignment as an instructor in the Space Systems Academic Group. He left NASA in May 2005, and later retired from active duty in July 2005 after 26 years of service in the US Navy. Bursch joined The Aerospace Corporation in July 2005 and is currently serving as the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Chair at the Naval Postgraduate School.

He will speak about his experiences as an American astronaut at 1:00pm in Hangar Bay 3.


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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