Testing the New DxO ONE 20.2 MP Digital Camera For iPhone and iPad at The California Science Center-San Francisco
I ran across the DxO ONE 20.2 MP Digital Camera…
The USS Hornet–stationed in Alameda, CA. Of course this was another NASA destination that I had not yet heard about! I had no Idea that the USS Hornet was so close and even has a a little NASA museum onboard! Come with me for a day in Alameda.
Leave your highheels at home laides….you will be doing a lot of walking and ladder climbing. Upon entry there is security and they do take it very seriously. If you don’t want your bag searched through every little pocket leave it at home. I had my little purse searched through with a flashlight-ha! They want you to sit and watch a video before heading into your self guided tour–I never have the patience for those. Sat for 5 seconds then sneaked away. In these next few photos I wanted to give you an idea about how the wings fold up on different types of aircraft on carriers–isn’t that incredible??
To my surprise–Flying Ace Dean Laird was aboard–Lucky me! A World War II flying Ace that I had all to myself for about 10 minutes as it was early in the day. This gentleman flew 99 different types of Aircraft! I couldn’t even fathom that in my mind as he said it so non-chalantly! He is also the only known U.S. Navy Ace to shoot down German and Japanese planes in WWII. This was such an incredible treat. Thank you Mr. Laird for your sacrifice and service to our country and for letting me pepper you with a million questions. You are still handsome as can be, they don’t make men like you anymore–that is a fact.
This carrier was huge! See the photo below.
On to the NASA exhibit–really the reason that brought me here. I was way to excited for this!
Is it strange that I was most excited to see the Airstream, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins stepped into after thier Mission to the moon! It must have been all that iconic footage I’ve watch too many times too count. Come take a closer look with me.
And the iconic Sea King!
I think I was the only NASA nerd to be walking in the astronauts footsteps painted on the ground over and over…… and over…… and over. Were people looking at me? Maybe. Did I care? No.
Just when I thought the exhibit was over–I stumbled upon another NASA room! Woo hoo! How cute is this little mid century room!
And just around the corner were more artifacts to enjoy!
A piece from John Glenn’s capsule!
This was so cool–a strip of film from Gus Grissom’s camera during his mission! I love Gus Grissom–do they make a T-shirt that says that? I would buy it.
As I pried myself away from the NASA exhibits–I went on to explore. I found the Chapel–they hold a Sunday service every week! How cool would it be to go to church on an Aircraft carrier. If I lived closer I would go!!I snapped this photo of a prayer from an old program lying around. Beautiful.
Here’s a quick look at some of the Chaplains from years past.
And some current Chaplains below.
They had a POW-MIA White Table on display–very moving.
After I wondered through the chapel I headed to the flight deck…so exciting!
As I was enjoying the views on the Flight deck–they were telling those who wanted a tour of the Island to congregate near it ASAP. I reported right away-ha! We had the nicest docent who was also a Veteran–he was so incredibly knowledgable, kind, patient and detailed. Thank you for the amazing tour!!
Here is the famous Captains chair. No, I did not feel the need to sit in it and snap a selfy but it was cool to see.
After a very exciting day on the Hornet we drove across the bridge and into the city for a fun evening.
I hope you enjoyed this post about the Hornet–please let me know in the comments if you did. Also, if you know of any Norcal Nasa destinations I should visit please let me know that too!
707 W Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
By for now!