Father’s Day on the USS Hornet

Sunday, June 17, is both Father’s Day and Living Ship Day: Stories of Glory II at the USS Hornet in Alameda.

Fathers and other family members are invited to meet dozens of Bay Area World War II veterans.

Visitors can also experience an aircraft carrier in action, and witness simulated flight operations as aircraft are lifted to the flight deck and placed into launch position. There will also be mission briefings, and guests can sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet.

The USS Hornet is open from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For an extra fee, visitors can relive a mission aboard an F/A-18 Hornet Strike Fighter, including a simulated take-off from a U.S. aircraft carrier on a seek-and-destroy mission.

Along with action in Iraq, the simulator also takes visitors through a six-minute reconnaissance mission during the Battle for Iwo Jima in 1945.

The flight simulator is available from 11–11:30 a.m., 1–1:30 p.m. and 3–3:30 p.m.

Also, the nearby Alameda Naval Air Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call us at (510) 522-4262 for more information.

Janet Levaux