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Model Kits.  The USS Hornet had a displacement of 19,800 tons.  The Aircraft Carriers Length was  809 feet 9 inches.  The beam or width of the ship had an  extreme width at flight deck: 144 feet.  The Hornets draft or maximum depth in the water was 21 feet 8 inches.  The USS Hornet had a max speed of 33 knots.  Her crew complement was 1,889 crewmembers.  For armament the USS Hornet had  8 five-inch guns and  16 1.1-inch guns.  Aircraft Carrier Class: Hornet   Please, as time moves on modifications are always added and the weight and exact sized of the ship will continuously change.   The USS Hornet (CV-8) was launched on the 14th of  December 1940 by the Newport News Ship Building & Dry Dock Co. in Newport News, Virginia.  It was sponsored by Mrs. Frank M. Knox the wife of the Secretary of the Navy.  The USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier was commissioned at Norfolk Naval Shipyards on 20 October 1941 with Captain Marc A. Mitscher in command.

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USS Hornet CV-8 Study Notes

The USS Hornet (CV-8) History.  The 1941-1942 version USS Hornet, was a 19,800 ton Yorktown class aircraft carrier constructed at Newport News, Virginia. Commissioned in October 1941, she spent the next four months in the Atlantic preparing for battle.  Transferred to the Pacific in March 1942, the Hornet was immediately deployed for the Doolittle raid. On 18 April 1942 she launched 16 U.S. Army B-25 bombers to attack Japan, a strike that caused relatively little damage but which had enormous strategic implications. The Hornet was then sent to the South Pacific to reinforce U.S. units following the Battle of Coral Sea, but was recalled to Pearl Harbor in mid-May. She then took part in the Battle of Midway, on 4-6 June 1942 during which her aircraft assisted in the sinking of the Japanese cruiser Mikuma. In August 1942, the Hornet returned to the South Pacific to join the fight for Guadalcanal. During much of September and October, she was the only operational U.S. aircraft carrier available to oppose the Japanese in that area. On 26 October 1942, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, her planes attacked and badly damaged the Japanese carrier Shokaku. In return,  however, the Hornet received heavy bomb and torpedo damage, necessitating her abandonment. Though accompanying U.S. destroyers attempted to scuttle her, she remained afloat until torpedoed and sunk by Japanese ships early in the morning of 27 October.

 The Hornet first sailed in 1942 and gained fame when "Doolittle's Raiders" launched  from her deck in their B-25s. The Hornet survived 372 days before sustaining heavy  damage, and ultimately sinking, at the Battle of Santa Cruz.

history of CV-8 from launching to final moments at Santa Cruz; extensive footage of the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Midway; Navy Secretary Knox's speech at the launching of the new Essex-class Hornet (CV-12); even the recovery of Apollo 11 and 12

America's two great fighting ships named Hornet: CV-8 and CV-12.

USS Hornet CV-8 Aircraft Carrier

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The USS Hornet (CV-8) History.  The 1941-1942 version USS Hornet, was a 19,800 ton Yorktown class aircraft carrier constructed at Newport News, Virginia. Commissioned in October 1941, she spent the next four months in the Atlantic preparing for battle.  Transferred to the Pacific in March 1942, the Hornet was immediately deployed for the Doolittle raid. On 18 April 1942 she launched 16 U.S. Army B-25 bombers to attack Japan, a strike that caused relatively little damage but which had enormous strategic implications.

The Hornet was then sent to the South Pacific to reinforce U.S. units following the Battle of Coral Sea, but was recalled to Pearl Harbor in mid-May. She then took part in the Battle of Midway, on 4-6 June 1942 during which her aircraft assisted in the sinking of the Japanese cruiser Mikuma. In August 1942, the Hornet returned to the South Pacific to join the fight for Guadalcanal. During much of September and October, she was the only operational U.S. aircraft carrier available to oppose the Japanese in that area. On 26 October 1942, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, her planes attacked and badly damaged the Japanese carrier Shokaku. In return,  however, the Hornet received heavy bomb and torpedo damage, necessitating her abandonment. Though accompanying U.S. destroyers attempted to scuttle her, she remained afloat until torpedoed and sunk by Japanese ships early in the morning of 27 October.

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