Aircraft Carriers – California’s Gold (134)

California has a rich maritime history and has been at the forefront of naval warfare since the beginning. In this adventure, Huell visits two aircraft carriers that are now museums in the waters of California.First it’s off to San Diego to visit the USS Midway, which has steamed through a 47-year career of service. Imagine a carrier that was commissioned in 1945 and served as a flagship in Desert Storm in 1991. No other carrier served as long as the U.S.S. Midway. She opened in 2004 as a naval aviation museum and is now the pride of San Diego’s waterfront. Next it’s off to Alameda to visit the carrier U.S.S. Hornet that is a national treasure, having participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th century — World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission. This floating museum even has the Airstream trailer that the Apollo astronauts lived in for three days after returning to earth.

U.S.S. Midway

U.S.S. Hornet

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