Adopt-A-Plane

Adopt-A-Plane

The USS Hornet Museum needs financial assistance in acquiring, transporting, and maintaining its collection of aircraft.  Ask us about the “20 Fund” and how you can help. Individual and corporate donations are welcome.

Interested in joining HORNET’s Air Group? Anyone can apply – even engineers, pilots, and mechanics. Jobs and tasks can be tailored to the volunteer's particular skills. 

Propeller Aircraft

TBM-3E Avenger (BuNo. 69-375)
TBM’s flew off HORNET from 1944 to 1946. This particular torpedo bomber served in Guam in WWII and last flew as a fire bomber before finding a home aboard HORNET.
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FM2 Wildcat (BuNo. xxxxxx)
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US-2B Tracker (BuNo. 136691)
HORNET operated 26 S-2 Trackers as long range Anti-Submarine Sentries from 1959 to 1970. This US2B was donated to HORNET from Minter Field, Shafter, California.
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Jet Aircraft

FJ-2 Sea Fury (BuNo. 132057)
HORNET operated FJ-3 Furies from 1957 to 1958. The FJ Fury is the naval version of the famous Air Force F-86 Sabrejet. This particular swept-wing fighter came to HORNET from the USS Yorktown Museum.
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TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo. 139929)
A-4’s were the last jets to operate aboard HORNET (1962-1966), and the only jets to operate aboard carriers without folding wings due to their small size. This Skyhawk was the tenth delivered to the US Navy.
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F7U Cutlass (BuNo. xxxxxx)
Restoration Status: Currently under restoration off-site.

F-4B Phantom (BuNo. xxxxxx)
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F8U-1 Crusader (BuNo. 143703)
F-8’s were the first supersonic fighters in the US Navy and the last single-purpose, pure fighter aircraft. This Crusader was rescued from NAS China Lake in 1997 where she last served as a Drone Controller. F-8’s were too heavy to land on HORNET’s flight deck.
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F-14A Tomcat (BuNo. 162689)
Flown into San Francisco in April 2002 from active duty squadron VF-101 (Oceana, Virginia). This particular F-14A was the first aircraft to enter Iraqi air space during the Gulf War in 1991. F-14’s were put into service after HORNET was retired; its nose cone must be removed to fit onto HORNET’s aircraft elevators.
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F-8 Crusader "Clementine" - Cockpit section - available for off-ship appearances.
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F-11 Tiger "FiFi" - Cockpit section - available for off-ship appearances.
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Helicopters

HUP-1 Retriever (BuNo. 12495)
HUP- 2 helicopters operated aboard HORNET from 1954 to 1958 for search and rescue. Built in 1952, there are only 32 HUP-1 helicopters remaining. This is the number 8 flight test aircraft having flown only 304 hours before being retired. She has been under restoration since 2000.
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UH-34D Seahorse (BuNo. xxxxxx)
H-34 (HSS-1) helicopters operated aboard HORNET from 1959 to1960 as Anti-Submarine Sentries in either the Hunter or Killer roles. This particular helicopter was a gift from the Pima Air Museum located in Tucson, Arizona.
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SH-2 Seasprite (BuNo. xxxxxx)
HSS-2 and UH-2 Seasprite helicopters operated aboard HORNET from 1962 to1964. These ship-based helicopters were used for search and rescue and utility transport. SH-2’s had anti-submarine, anti-surface threat capability.
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SH-3H Sea King (BuNo. 148999)
HORNET flew A-model Sea Kings off her decks from 1963 to 1970 for the purpose of SAR (search and rescue) operations. This particular helicopter was last flown in the major feature film “Apollo 13” with Tom Hanks. The Sea King helicopter that picked up the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 astronauts following their splashdown in the Pacific Ocean crashed in 19__.
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Apollo Spacecraft

Apollo Command/Service Module (CSM-011)
This particular space capsule was used for the AS-202 sub-orbital test flight to test the propulsion system and the heat shield designed for Apollo capsules. CSM-011 was a production model capable of carrying a crew; however, it lacked the crew couches and some displays that would be included on later missions for the astronauts. The capsule was recovered by HORNET in August, 1966.
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Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF004)
The mobile quarantine facility is an Airstream trailer shell built on a special platform and
contains living and sleeping quarters, a kitchen, and a latrine. Apollo 14 astronauts Mitchell, Shepard, and Roosa were quarantined in this trailer to protect the Earth from potential “moon germs” while they were being transported back to the space center following their splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. This was the last MQF to be used by NASA.
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Donations can be mailed to the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation at:

ACHF, Aircraft Fund
PO Box 460
Alameda, CA 94501

Please stipulate which aircraft you would like to support or if the donation is for the General Aircraft Fund.

Donations are fully tax-deductible.

Questions? Call Rick Thom at (510) 521-8448 x 268 or email AirGroup@uss-hornet.org

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