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December 23rd, 2007 – by: TravelerTom
The ship has been converted into a museum with elevator access to the hangar and flight decks. Parked next to the carrier was the Dawn Princess cruise ship. We had sailed on that ship in the caribbean for Mom & Dad's 50th anniversary.
The ship was reconfigured from its WWII days to handle modern aircraft, so it didn't have the hyrdolic catapult that Art operated. But it did have many similar features.
One fun story that Art told was of his days on the USS Princeton while it was just being launched. He and his fellow seamen were the first people on the ship and had found a nice spot for their bunks.
This photo shows the plane that Art flew when he landed on a carrier. He rode in the tail gunner's seat. This plane is in the hangar deck.
The tour included the flight control center. We had to climb 40 steps separated into 4 ladders. Art climbed them all without much pause and had no problems. We got to sit in the captain's chair and see the bridge & navigation rooms.
After the tour we stopped at Dairy Queen and had a sundae and a banana split.
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