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Robert Pearlman

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posted 01-21-2016 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
USS Hornet Museum officials are racing to repair the flight deck of the retired Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 primary recovery ship as a result of raised concerns from the predicted El Nino storm conditions approaching, the San Francisco Chronicle reported in late December.
The heavy winter rains expected to result from the El NiƱo weather pattern may have a devastating effect on the ship, now a floating museum in Alameda. The reason: The ship's 100,000-square-foot teak flight deck has sprung multiple leaks.

The Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation which owns the ship, has hired a contractor who is working between storms to patch up the deck, an $800,000 project that carries a bit of urgency. "We have to do something quickly," said Jill Rapposelli, the foundation's executive director. "We're trying to beat the rain."

The problem is that the flight deck, where the ship's airplanes landed and took off, has developed cracks over time. The deck has several layers: a non-skid material, then teak, then steel. No major work has been done on the deck since the Hornet was retired from active duty in 1970, so there is 35 years worth of deferred maintenance.


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Fox News video: Crews battling water damage aboard historic USS Hornet

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