Monday, September 3, 2012

Bucket List #33: Visiting USS Hornet

This was Nana's idea for a special summer day outing with Talinn and he loved it. USS Hornet, now docked permanently in Alameda and converted to a museum, is a super gigantic combat aircraft carrier ship that served in World War II. It's other claim to fame is that it was Navy's prime recovery ship for Apollo 11 when man first stepped foot on the moon.
Grand history. Grand ship. Grand play ground for kids and adults. We all had a great time discovering the nooks and crannies of the vessel. The alleyways are never ending and quite a maze. Some of it is quite claustrophobic though - makes me thankful that I don't have to sleep in those bunkers and live under this naval city for months on end. The ship has all the bells and whistles imaginable, including a hospital with a fully functional operating room, gourmet kitchen, commercial grade laundromat, movie theater - you name it.
And boys will be boys when it comes to exploring flight decks, air crafts, and controls. The roof of the ship is ginormous enough to house an entire runway for planes to land and take off. Many planes are parked here on display and the flight tower tour demonstrated how all the aircraft action is controlled.

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