Ghost Hunters

USS Hornet

  • Season 4
  • , Episode 22  | 
  • Aired: 10/29/2008
    • Length: 43:41
    • Plays: ???
Synopsis >

TAPS returns to investigate another legendary haunted naval landmark—the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in Alameda, CA. The Hornet, the eighth vessel to carry her name, was commissioned at the height of World War II in 1943. She quickly became one of the most highly decorated ships in the Navy. She destroyed 1,410 Japanese aircraft and destroyed or damaged 1,269,710 tons of enemy shipping. Ten Hornet pilots attained "Ace in a Day" status. Later in its life, the Hornet was given the honor of recovering the Apollo 11 astronauts on their return from the moon. The USS Hornet‘s flight deck alone is 894 feet long -- basically the size of three football fields. The aircraft carrier was built primarily by women -- think Rosie the Riveter -- and weighs 41,000 tons. All told, in her 27 years of active service, more than 300 people lost their lives aboard ship. The majority claimed during combat, others from horrendous shipboard accidents, still others from suicide. After being decommissioned, the Hornet was turned into a Bay Area museum. Almost immediately after its arrival in Alameda, staff began reporting strange phenomena. The USS Hornet is considered the most haunted ship in the Navy, past or present.

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