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    USS Hornet blog

    Thought I'd start this if it is ok to most. The ship has now been an open museum for 13 years and 1 month. I saw her in 1998 when no work had been done to her and it wasn't pretty. Rusty will have it so much easier with the Iowa because she is in great shape give or take some small items.

    Over time this ship has really changed with the hard work of many volunteers especially a hard core group who have stuck it out for the whole 13 years. From cosmetic work, to engineering work, to mechanical work and to aircraft restoration. My wife doesn't understand what the attraction is and why I need to go down every week for 13 years but some of you may know. The only time I haven't been there was when on vacation in the Philippines and still I thought of the ship while there. She kind of like my drug of choice as I get so much enjoyment out of working there even if my head, hands, fingers or legs are killing me after a day. I think the only thing that could defeat this ship would be what affects many museum ships and that is big money. Small money to help with upkeep is not a problem as I know Tom is into $15,000 and I'm close to $4000 in paint and parts.

    Part of which helps is events and it seems we had a big one this past week. It was NVIDIA GeForce LAN which I have no idea what it means. Has to do with gaming and I am not into gaming in the slightest. Waste of time in my opinion. Anyway they posted a lot of videos from that weekend from tours of the ship to what the event was about. given that they had use of the whole ship including using the Captain's and Admiral's inboard cabins as press areas I sure hope they paid a pretty penny in rent.

    I'm not versed in embedding youtube videos so I just stick with the links.





    I have to say Simon doesn't know much of what he is talking about


    The bridge level which I restored pretty much from scratch from 2000-02




    I'm dubious about his story of a round passing through the armored slit killing a sailor during action in WWII in part 3.


    Tours of the engine by one of the Hornet's own original crew. This docent is good.



    Same docent on 3rd deck where a lot of the stuff we get from the Reserve Fleet ends up like serving trays for one.


    Last one at night. I don't know what hours this went to but it did cover 3 days. When I showed up 3 days afterwards the whole ship was cleaned out and nary a trace of them could be found. Time to move planes back to the hanger.

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    videos fixed. To embed any videos (for example from youtube) just use the this button:

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    Pardon my ignorance but where is that button seen???

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    here:

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    Edit: dang you beat me by two minutes. I guess it took me 4 minutes to snap a pic, paste it in paint, crop, and upload it.

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    well your pic shows the "advanced reply" version, while mine only the "quick reply" one, so they'll complete each other.

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    Fear not Mike, You and others have taken a "war hag" and are slowly but surely (through hard work and dedication no doubt) are turning her into an inspiration. A labor of love that many will never understand until they step aboard her brow or speak her name. Like many men I see aboard they are more concentrated on their work then they are thanks. One of a kind men if you ask me.

    And If I were you I would go shake down "the monsters" of Industry and Media in the area of the ship and let them contibute to the cause. Its only rightous IMO.
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