Hornet Museum Releases New Book

Courtesy photo     A new 277-page book by Hornet Museum Docents features humor, poetry and more. Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit Alameda’s favorite aircraft carrier.
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Hornet Museum Releases New Book

A new book of USS Hornet docent stories has been compiled by longtime museum contributor Dennis de Freitas. The 77 stories from 32 docents cover their direct experiences in the military and on the USS Hornet as volunteers. These are stories of pilots of all manner of aircraft and helicopters. Some are humorous, some serious and there is even some poetry.

Docents, a term that defines tour guides in a museum, often share stories with visitors and each other. When the pandemic hit, and they no longer met with guests and each other, they began sharing their yarns by email. It is those narratives that make up this book.

Sprinkled throughout the book is the poetry of a guest docent, Don Purdy a Douglas A-4E Skyhawk pilot in Vietnam. Purdy writes about what a pilot in combat experiences, how he may suffer the experience later, and how he honors his friends who lost their lives.

Other pilot stories are from those who flew in the Navy, Army, and Air Force and one that flew for the making of the movie, Tora! Tora! Tora! Stories in the book are from those who flew or crewed aircraft including: F-8 Crusader, F-9 Panther, F-9 Cougar; AD/A-1 Skyraider, A-4 Skyhawk, B-47 Stratojet; S-2 Tracker; C-1 Trader, C-130 Hercules, C-69 Lockheed Constellation; T-6 Texan, BT-13 Valiant, TA-4J Skyhawk; UH-Huey, AH-Cobra, SH-3A Sea King.

Proceeds from this book go directly to the USS Hornet. Purchase a copy and find out more at www.amazon.com/dp/B08R7VQJMW.