Approaching the Gate to Destiny By William S. Phillips - Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle's April 18, 1942 raid on Japan began with the loading of sixteen B-25s aboard a Navy aircraft carrier, the USS "Hornet," for the first time. Seen here is Task Force 16.2, sailing from San Francisco Bay on the beautiful sunlit morning of April 2, 1942.
USS Hornet (CV/CVA/CVS-12) is a United States Navy aircraft carrier of the Essex class. Construction started in August 1942; she was originally named USS Kearsarge, but was renamed in honor of the USS Hornet (CV-8), which was lost in October 1942, becoming the eighth ship to bear the name.
Alameda, California Wind and kite surfers can often be seen at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. From there are views of the San Francisco skyline and the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. One of the attractions is the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, a museum ship now moored at the former Naval Air Station. Alameda is home to the official offices; and training facility of the Oakland Raiders. USS HORNET MUSEUM