Celebrate 4th of July at the Hornet 

Aboard the USS Hornet this Fourth of July!
Walk in the Footsteps of the Defenders and Keepers of our Independence

Celebrate this Fourth of July in a truly patriotic fashion on board the historic aircraft carrier-turned museum, the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum. The day-long celebration begins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 and runs until 10 p.m. and will be filled with food and drink, games, and plenty of live entertainment. This annual event has become regular celebration for many across the Bay Area.

The highlight of the evening is when visitors gather on the flight deck to view (weather permitting) the breathtaking fireworks displays around San Francisco Bay. The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum is located at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda.

Live entertainment begins at 2 p.m. and can be found throughout the ship. First up, performing on the Hangar Deck, will be the Hornet Band. Then, at 2:30 p.m., things really take off as the Mitch Polzak & the Royal Deuces perform on the Flight Deck. The New Orleans Jazz band takes the stage at 4:15 p.m. The night ends with performances at 6 p.m.

Alameda’s own Pinot’s Palette will be joining the party on the flight deck by setting up a painting studio to create a mural portrait “Land of The Freedom” together with the participants.

There will also be a variety of games for all ages in the Kid’s Zone with plenty of choices of food and beverages available for purchase.

Throughout the day, guests can explore the numerous decks of the legendary aircraft carrier. The many areas of the ship open to the public include – the flight deck, hangar bays, captain’s bridge, ship’s hospital, and the torpedo shop. Visitors will be able to view the many exhibits housed on the Hornet, including the West Coast’s largest Apollo Moon Mission display and more than a dozen aircraft ranging from WWII vintage to modern era. Enjoy a close-up look at a FM-2 Wildcat, TBM Avenger, an F-14 Tomcat, and a Sea King helicopter from the “Apollo 13” movie.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth 6-17. Free for all Active Duty military and first responders with valid ID. Admission is also free for children, aged 6 and under with a paying Adult. Price includes on and off privileges. Plenty of free parking near to the Hornet. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 510/521-8448.

Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit

Post Office Box 460 · Alameda, California 94501 · Telephone 510/521-8448 ·

Shark Alley Hobos

Proceeds benefit the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation, a nonprofit organization, and support the preservation of the historic aircraft carrier and the educational programs of the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum.



Ice Cream at Jaffrey

By Eric McCarthy 

It was a beautiful warm summer afternoon in June of 1986. My wife had just returned from working the morning shift at the local Filene’s Department Store and, as was her way, she had befriended her manager Linda and brought her home for an impromptu luncheon. I consider myself to be a people-person – I love to meet new people and discover common interests and experiences; Sandi is a people-magnet– she just has a way of striking up a conversation with just about anyone, anywhere. It’s one of her most endearing qualities and a wonderful trait that has served us well and brought us so many dear friends over the years.

We enjoyed our lunch and then pondered what to do for the rest of the afternoon. Ideas were not forthcoming until I suggested we go get an ice cream. Great idea! Little did they know whereI wanted to get an ice cream. They would have been forgiven if they thought I meant the great little ice cream parlor called Chadwick’s just down the street from our condo in Lexington, but needless to say, that wasn’t what I had in mind… that would have been much too simple.

Their first clue that things weren’t as they expected them to be was when I got on the highway – Chadwick’s was just a mile down Concord Avenue from our home – no need to take the highway.

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18 Months and Counting

By Ed Downs

Boy, time flies when you are having fun!  This writer responded to an AOPA editorial in October 2014, regarding the coming of ADS-B on Jan. 1, 2020.  The main concern addressed by AOPA at that time was that many radio shops, installers and pilots were simply not up to speed on ADS-B.  Regrettably, this writer also needed a good dose of ADS-B education and hit several resources to add to my scant knowledge.  But, it was also noted that there were five years to go and all would be good by the time the deadline actually hit.  Well, not so much, as recent articles and questions from pilots in many of the classes I teach, including information presented by the FAA, indicate that a lot of misunderstandings still remain.  Maybe it is time for a little review?

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Virginia Helicopter Hangar with Hydraulic Door Wins NFBA Award


 Fuog/InterBuild Inc. is no stranger to winning National Frame Building Association awards. During the last two decades, the Purcellville, Va., construction company has garnered four first-place awards for Building of the Year and numerous other second- and third-place awards. The Fuog/InterBuild reputation has also garnered the company “Superior Sales and Service” and “Foreman of the Year” recognition.

Fuog/InterBuild won the 2017 Building of the Year award for Commercial Buildings Under 5,000 square feet, for a privately owned helicopter hangar in rural Purcellville, Va.

Hangar owner, Chuck Kuhn, worked with Fuog/InterBuild to design the post-fame barn-style hangar that really stands out with a Schweiss Doors hydraulic one-piece 55-foot by 16-foot designer door. The exterior Hardie Plank cladding covering the hydraulic door features a faux porch and sliding door lock. A stronger lift system was incorporated for the additional 7,100 pounds of wood cladding on the door. The interior of the door is clad with trimmed-out metal panel. Four decorative tinted windows, two with awnings, make the hangar door stand out even more. Other unique features of the hangar include an interior finish of board-and-batten siding walls with Berridge A-Panel. The vaulted ceiling has 1x6-inch tongue-and-groove woodwork. A high loft with four windows provides suitable daylighting into the hangar, which hosts offices for the pilot and in-flight manager.

Garland LaRue, Project Manager for Fuog/InterBuild, discovered Schweiss Doors through an Internet search and said the hangar owner loved the hydraulic door.“I think the quality of construction of the hydraulic door is wonderful,” LaRue said. “We definitely would use it again and recommend it to others. It was also easy to install, the shipping of it and customer service was great on all points. Brent and Jeremy at Schweiss were very helpful.”

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. For more information, visit 


 HelicoptorHangar1: The National Frame Building Association (NFBA) voted this rural farm hangar in Purcellville, Va., as a 2017 Building of the Year. A Schweiss 55-foot by 16-foot hydraulic door with tinted windows, faux porches and a faux sliding door give it a very distinct designer look.


Your Seat is Ready at the 56th Annual NAHF Enshrinement Dinner

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Your seat is ready at the 56th      Annual NAHF Enshrinement    Dinner & Ceremony!

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General Ronald Fogleman, USAF (Ret). 

By choosing a named sponsorship, you can share your brand and your mission and have a unique show of appreciation for the Class of 2019. 

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