The Island’s big New Year’s Eve celebration takes place on the West End, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Enjoy a big-band dance performance by 3 O’Clock Jump while fundraising for the museum’s education department, Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Doors open at 7:15.

The Hornet will be the Bay Area’s best place to dance with three dance floors on the enclosed, heated hangar deck.

Guests will receive free dance lessons from Jim Truesdale, former Fred Astaire instructor, and participate in the silent auction and midnight countdown with the band. 

To honor and salute American veterans, the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum hosts its annual Veterans Day Celebration Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.

The ceremony will be held on the ship’s hangar deck and speakers includes Capt.Michael C. McCarron, USN (ret.), Executive Director of the USS Hornet Museum; Rev. Dr. Wallace H. Whatley, pastor of the Alameda Baptist Church and Hornet Chaplain and crewmember of the Hornet since 1968, Bill Fee. The Hornet Swing Band will provide music for the ceremony. 

On Friday, May 22, members of the Oakland Raiders, including the two most tenured players on the squad — place kicker Sebastian Janikowski and long snapper Jon Condo — took part in activities honoring the military in commemoration of Memorial Day. They were joined by teammates Tony Bergstrom, Gabe Jackson, Dan Kistler and J’Marcus Webb. The group, including a contingent from Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, members of the U. S.

The aircraft carrier USS Hornet will host "Splashdown 45" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this Saturday, July 26. The event celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and commemorates the Hornet’s safe recovery of the mission’s astronauts and their command module.

The Hornet welcomes Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut and one of the first men to walk on the moon. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Aldrin. He will hold a press conference at 10 a.m.

The USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club is inviting the public to watch a demonstration of its ham radio emergency operations Saturday, June 28. 

A group of radio operators from the radio club will provide a behind-the-scenes look into the nuts and bolts of emergency radio operations. 

The operators will set up ham radio stations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier museum for the public to view. 

Living Ship Day

The USS Hornet Museum will pay tribute to two local veterans of the famed World War II Tuskegee Air Group during its March Living Ship Day. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces.

At 1 p.m. the Tuskegee veterans and Tuskegee historian Dave Cunningham will speak, followed by a public meet and greet.

The Hornet Band will perform big band music selections from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Air Group 11 Documentary

Hornet at Old Mint Expo

The USS Hornet will bring its rich military history to the San Francisco History Expo on March 1 and 2. The Hornet joins more than 50 diverse Bay Area historical and cultural organizations at San Francisco’s Old Mint. The expo will include costumed re-enactors, an exhibit of rare coins produced by the mint, a historical fashion display, historical films, special programs and an art exhibition.