WAPAKONETA — The Armstrong Air & Space Museum will be hosting a special talk presented by Robert Fish of the USS Hornet – Sea, Air, and Space Museum based in Alameda, California. Fish will be presenting on Friday, May 27, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s STEM Inspiration Center and will be discussing the Apollo 11 splashdown and recovery.
Commissioned during World War II, the USS Hornet was an Essex-class naval vessel best known for its use during the recovery operation of Apollo 11. After its service to the US Navy, the ship was repurposed into a museum, where guests can learn more about the ship’s history and its participation in the Apollo 11 recovery. Fish is a member on the board of trustees for the museum and has written a book on the Hornet.
“The museum is very excited to have Mr. Fish coming to present at the museum,” says Logan Rex, the Armstrong Museum head curator. “The history of our two museums is so closely connected, its always great to be able to partner with these organizations and hear the history of an event from a different point of view.”
The event will be included with the cost of admission for Friday. Fish’s book “Hornet Plus Three: The Story of the Apollo 11 Recovery” will be available for purchase afterwards as well. More information on this presentation and other 50th anniversary events can be found on the Armstrong Museum website at armstrongmuseum.org.