USS HORNET CV-8 1940 AIRCRAFT CARRIER 1:1250 SCALE MOTOR CITY CLASSICS

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Construction on the seventh Hornet (CV-8) began on 25 September 1939 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. She was launched on 14 December 1940 and commissioned on 20 October 1941 at the Naval Operating Base (NOB), Norfolk, Virginia.

Hornet was a Yorktown-class aircraft carrier. She was in service for just over one year. While in the Pacific theater, Hornet was involved in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, and in the Battle of Midway. In the Solomon Islands campaign, she participated in the defense of Guadalcanal and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, where on 26 October 1942, Hornet was critically damaged and sunk by Japanese aircraft bombs and torpedoes.

Hornet earned the American Defense Service medal, the American Campaign medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal with 4 battle stars, and the World War II Victory medal. She was the last U.S. fleet carrier lost in action.

Hornet’s commanding officers were Capt. Marc A. Mitscher, from 20 October 1941 to 15 June 1942, and Capt. Charles P. Mason, from 15 June 1942 to 26 October 1942.

Name : Hornet
Namesake: USS Hornet (1805)
Ordered: 30 March 1939
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 25 September 1939
Launched : 14 December 1940
Sponsored: by Annie Reid Knox
Commissioned: 20 October 1941
Nickname(s): “Fighting Lady”, “Happy Hornet”, and “Horny Maru”
Fate: Sunk in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 27 October 1942
Status: Found near Solomon Islands, late January 2019

Class and type: Yorktown-class aircraft carrier

Displacement:
20,000 long tons (20,000 t) (standard)
25,500 long tons (25,900 t) (full load)

Length: 824 ft 9 in (251.38 m) (overall)
Beam:
83 ft 3 in (25.37 m) (waterline)
114 ft (35 m) (overall)
Draft: 28 ft (8.5 m) full load

Installed power:
9 × Babcock & Wilcox boilers
120,000 shp (89,000 kW)

Propulsion : 4 shafts; 4 geared steam turbines

Speed: 32.5 knots (60.2 km/h; 37.4 mph) (design)

Range: 12,500 nmi (23,200 km; 14,400 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

Complement: 2,919 officers and enlisted (wartime)

Armament:
8 × single 5 in (127 mm) DP guns
4 × quadruple 1.1 in (28 mm) AA guns
24 × single .50 in (12.7 mm) AA MGs

Armor:
Belt: 2.5–4 in (64–102 mm)
Deck: 4 in (102 mm)
Bulkheads: 4 in (102 mm)
Conning Tower: 4 in (102 mm)
Steering Gear: 4 in (102 mm)

Aircraft carried : 72 × aircraft
Aviation facilities:
3 × aircraft elevators
3 × aircraft catapults

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