Our Mission

Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation preserves and honors the legacy of USS Hornet, a national historic landmark, and its role in naval aviation, the defense of our country, the Apollo Program and exploration of space.  The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum connects the greatest generation of Americans with future generations, educating and inspiring them to meet their challenges.

The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum is now a Smithsonian Affiliate!

The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum has joined organizations in 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Panama that are part of the , all working to preserve heritages, expand knowledge and inspire learning.

Board of Trustees

Ray Fortney, Chairman, 捕鱼大作战Former CEO Vectra Technologies

Kurt Libby, Vice-Chairman, CAPT U.S. Navy – retired, UC Berkeley, Purchasing Manager

Tim Lutz, Treasurer, CPA / Financial Consultant

Margaret “Peggy” Stephan, CDR USNR (ret.), C-2 “Greyhounds” and LC-130 “Hercules” pilot; Retirement planning consultant

Glenn Gabel, CAPT U.S. Navy (ret.), Webcor Builders, Inc., Retired Vice President

Rob McHenry, COO at PARC

Bob Baker, Alameda City Businessman / Owner Excel Graphics

Sam Lamonica, Senior Information Systems Manager / CIO Rosendin Electric Co. – Retired

Non-Voting Members

Sue Roderick, Secretary

Rolf Sabye, Hornet Association Liaison

Chuck Myers, Volunteer Liaison

Mike McCarron, Executive Director

USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum Advisory Board

The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Advisory Board is made up of extraordinary individuals, each with remarkable personal and professional achievements. Their experience and vision will provide important strategic assistance to the Museum in carrying out our mission. The Advisory Board’s distinguished members are:

COL Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., USAF (ret)

Buzz Aldrin is best known as the Lunar Module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission who, along with Neil Armstrong, were the first two men to land on the surface of the moon. In addition to his Apollo mission, Col. Aldrin served as pilot on the final Gemini mission, Gemini 12. Aldrin has also served as Commandant of the US Air Force’s Test Pilot School. Col. Aldrin is a vocal advocate of a manned mission to Mars.

Mr. Tom Hanks

Born in Concord, California, Tom Hanks graduated from Oakland’s Skyline High School. After attending Chabot College and Sacramento State, Tom set out to make a name for himself as an actor. Starting with small bit parts and eventually a situation comedy, Mr. Hanks first rose to prominence with the movie Splash. As he transitioned from light comedy to more dramatic roles, he become the first actor since Spencer Tracy to win back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards, first for Philadelphia followed up the next with Forest Gump. An avowed “space geek” he was able to live out his astronaut fantasies by playing Jim Lovell in Apollo 13. Mr. Hanks is remains an unabashed supporter of the U.S. military and the space program.

Richard Rosenberg

Richard Rosenberg was chairman and CEO of BankAmerica Corporation from 1990 until he retired in 1996. He is a member of the California Bar Association, a trustee of the California Institute of Technology, a past chairman of MasterCard International, and a past president of The Bankers Roundtable, the Bank Marketing Association, and the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System. He is a director of the Buck Institute for Age Research, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Naval War College Foundation. He is a retired commander in the US Naval Reserve and is a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the Horatio Alger award.

CAPT Michele Lockwood, USN (ret)

Prior to retirement, CAPT Lockwood co-authored nine management and organization studies for flag level commanders in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleet. While on active duty, she served as Operations Officer for the Naval Oceanography Command Center/Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Guam, and was responsible for the day-to-day running of the Operations Department consisting of eight divisions, 80 personnel and a major computer center. She has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Sea Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.

CDR Dean “Dizz” Laird, USN (ret)

Dean “Dizz” Laird served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, operated in 175 combat and training missions, served on 12 different carriers, flew in the Navy’s first jet squadron, was the first person to land a jet-powered aircraft aboard USS Midway and has the most arrested landings on a straight-deck carrier. The 29-1/2-year veteran is also famous for being the only single-known ace to achieve victories against both German and Japanese aircraft during WWII, and later, in 1969, becoming a stunt pilot for 20th Century Fox film Tora Tora Tora.

Mr. Ian Toll

Ian W. Toll is a writer and independent scholar. He is the author of three highly regarded works of American military history: Six Frigates, Pacific Crucible, and The Conquering Tide. The latter two titles are the first two volumes of a nonfiction trilogy about the Pacific War. The third and concluding volume, Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945, will be published in 2018. Six Frigates was the 2007 recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, the William E. Colby Military Writers Award, and was placed on the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” list. Pacific Crucible received the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction in 2012. The Conquering Tide was a New York Times bestseller and was named the best book of 2016 by the editor of the Financial Times. Mr. Toll received an undergraduate degree (B.A.) in American History at Georgetown University (1989) and a Master’s in Public Policy (M.P.P.) from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1995).

RADM Thomas Brown, USN (ret) 

Admiral Brown is a Naval Aviator who flew 343 combat missions in Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with Combat V, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, thirty-six Air Medals, and the Navy Commendation Medal. He is also the former Commanding Officer of the USS Midway (CVA-41), as well as the former Commander of Battle Force, U.S. Seventh Fleet. Admiral Brown serves on a number of non-profit boards, and was the Chair of the Commission responsible for the commissioning of the USS America aircraft carrier.

LT William Sharp

A native of Dinuba, California, William Sharp was commissioned in 1963 through Aviation Officer Candidate School after graduating from Fresno State. While flying the F-8 “Crusader” on November 18, 1965, he was shot down over the Gulf of Tonkin. After parachuting into the water, he was captured by a North Vietnamese fishing boat, but he was able to escape as other U.S. aircraft provided cover. During his career as a Naval Aviator, he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross, twelve Air Medals, a Purple Heart and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” (valor) attachment. After leaving the Navy, he became a pilot with United Airlines and in 1999 was named the air carrier’s “Pilot of the Year.”

Press & Media

2019_Apollo 12_Banner

November 22, 2019. ALAMEDA, CA –Selected as the Prime Recovery Ship (PRS) for Apollo 12 on Aug. 17, 1969, USS Hornet (CVS-12) steamed out of her home port of Long Beach, California, on Oct. 27 and arrived at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, four days later. Hornet served as the PRS for Apollo 11 in July 1969 and her skipper Capt. Carl J. Seiberlich and crew put that experience to good use…

2019_Naturalization Ceremony

July 3, 2019. ALAMEDA, CA –Dozens of people became United States citizens Wednesday morning when they took the Oath of Allegiance aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda. Bob Redell reports.

CVS-12 Hornet Dressed

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 USS Hornet (CV-8) Launched Doolittle Raid and was lost at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands

February 12, 2018. ALAMEDA, CA – The crew of the Research Vessel Petrel, sponsored by the Paul Allen Foundation, announced today that they have discovered the remains of the USS Hornet(CV-8), just east of the Solomon Islands, on the bottom of the Pacific, about three miles down. The discovery was featured this morning on the CBS This Morning.

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USS Hornet (CV-8) was catapulted into the forefront of U.S. Navy history on April 18, 1942 when sixteen B-25 “Mitchell” aircraft were launched from the carrier’s deck and led a daring attack by then Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle. The attack was the first to strike the Japanese mainland and proved to be a huge morale booster for Allied forces.  Following the Doolittle Raid, Hornet (CV-8) was key participant in the Battle of Midway on June 4-7, 1942, which many naval historians consider the turning point in the War in the Pacific.

 On October 26, 1942, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, Hornet (CV-8) received several direct hits from enemy aircraft, USS Hornet (CV-8) was mortally wounded and eventually sunk.

 As a tribute to and in honor of Hornet (CV-8), the USS Kearsage, her keel had been laid just eight weeks before on August 3, 1942, was renamed USS Hornet捕鱼大作战 (CV-12) and commissioned on November 29, 1943.

 “It is wonderful to know that our predecessor, USS Hornet捕鱼大作战 (CV-8), has been discovered after all of these years,” said USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum Executive Director Michael McCarron. “‘Hornet’ is one of the most decorated and hallowed names in U.S. naval history. We are humbled to share that name with CV-8 and honor and remember the brave men who served and made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in CV-8.”

 The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum currently has exhibit about CV-8 on the Hangar Deck of the Museum. Visitors are encouraged to see firsthand the story of USSHornet捕鱼大作战 (CV-8) when they visit the Museum.

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USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum Launches Ten Month Celebration

September 20, 2018. ALAMEDA, CA – Fifty years ago next month, the United States space program, much like the mythical Phoenix, experienced a rebirth from the ashes that few, at that time, thought was possible.  After a 20-month stand-down following the January 27, 1967 Apollo 1 fire that took the lives of astronauts Gus Grissom, Roger Chafee and Ed White, Apollo 7 launched America back into space on October 11, 1968. The eleven-day mission was the United States’ first manned mission since Gemini XII was launched and recovered in November 1966.

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To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo program and the USS Hornet’s unique role as the recovery ship for both Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 – the first two manned missions to the moon – the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum will be celebrating all of the Apollo missions leading up to the 50thAnniversary of Apollo 11 and the recovery of the crew and capsule by the Hornet on July 24, 1969.

“The USS Hornet and her crew will forever be tied to man’s conquest of the moon,” said CAPT Michael C. McCarron, USN (ret.), Executive Director of the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum. “As the recovery ship for both Apollo 11 and Apollo 12, the Hornet played a critical role in NASA’s mission to the moon. The footprints of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins are forever memorialized on the Hornet’s hangar deck.”

To mark the launch on Apollo 7, on October 13, 2018, the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum will be hosting a special STEM Night Ops Overnight titled Crash(less) Landings. Join us on this special evening in honor of the first mission in the United States’ Apollo program to carry a crew into space. This special overnight program will feature hands-on STEM activities related to the Apollo engineers.

On December 15, 2018, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8 and man’s first orbit around the moon, the Museum will be hosting an Open House evening with special themed tours: The History of Space Aviation and Exploration. There will also be opportunities to view the winter night sky in the company of guest astronomers and astronomy clubs from around the Bay Area.

In March 2019, the Museum will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 9 with a special Model Showcase. Hobbyists ranging from expert to amateur to school age youth are encouraged and welcome to showcase their space themed models.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 10 in May 2019, the Hornet will be hosting an evening titled Apollo 10 and Pop Culture. In partnership with the Charles Schulz Museum and Research Center, the Museum will host a panel and guest speakers to discuss space travel in popular culture.

All of these events are in preparation of the Museum’s nine-day celebration, called “Splashdown 50,” in July 2019 commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and the Hornet’s recovery of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. During the week prior to Splashdown, the Museum will hold an 8-day long event in honor of Apollo 11’s 8-day mission, building up July 24th, Splashdown Day where USS Hornet recovered the Apollo 11 astronauts.

Schedule of Splashdown 50 Celebration

For more information on these and other events as well as volunteering opportunities, admission prices, and our museum’s Splashdown Exhibit, please visit us at: http://www.sxhaozheng.com/splashdown50/

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