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, February 21, 2015 Living Ship Day: In the Shadow of Auschwitz

Holocaust poet and WWII Veteran Arthur Weil shares memories of the war in Europe as Hornet welcomes the Bay Area resident to our February Living Ship Day. Weil was born in Germany in 1925, came to the United States as a child in the “Kindertransport” from Germany, and spent his formative years in Chicago where he received his B.A. in history from Roosevelt University. He later earned an M.A. in history at DePaul University, graduating as the only Magna Cum Laude.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and experienced the London Buzzbomb Raids in 1944. He served in France and Belgium as a member of the combat engineers, feeding over 10 million people. Mr. Weil then acted as an interpreter in the U.S. for the 400,000 German prisoners of war.

In August 2014, he traveled to Berlin for a special event honoring Holocaust survivors and visited Auschwitz where many of his family members had died.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 Living Ship Day: Guarding Churchill and Monty

Join WWII Royal Military Police Warrant Officer Danny Mander as he shares his firsthand accounts about being Winston Churchill’s personal bodyguard at the Tehran Conference in 1943.

The USS Hornet Museum is excited to welcome the retired Mr. Mander, a long time resident of Elk Grove, California. He also served with famed British General Bernard Montgomery as a security officer in North Africa during the British fight against legendary Nazi Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, aka “The Desert Fox.”

The Tehran Conference was a strategy meeting held between Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill from 28 November to 1 December 1943. It was held in the Soviet embassy in Tehran, Iran, and was the first of the World War II conferences held between all of the "Big Three" Allied leaders (the Soviet Union, the United States, and the United Kingdom).


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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