Welcome to "Kirsch Landing"

The pictures in the Gallery were donated to this Website by Richard A. Kirsch, PH3, USNR

Many were snapped by himself, and others by his Photo Lab Crew..

Photos marked with the are from the Hancock Photo Lab
Photos marked with
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THE SHIP


Flight deck looking out the Gold Gate
View of the Golden Gate Bridge
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Hannah comes into Pt Loma from Bremerton

The Hancock arriving San Diego at Point Loma - North Island from Bremerton with a contingeant of crew member's cars which were in transit to new Home Port at San Diego

Hannah leaves Pt. Loma for sea
The Hannah leaving Pt. Loma for...

The Crew member's cars being transported from Bremerton
Crew Member's cars being transferred to San Diego.
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Other pictures of the cars are available in the
Middle Years Gallery

60 ft Christmas tree rises from the Hangar Deck to the Flight deck on Elevator #1

Rich Kirsch, Ken Groom, along with the skeleton crew of the Hancock, left Bremerton in December of 1954. They stopped long enough to cut a beautiful 60 foot Evergreen, which they affixed to #1 Elevator, decked out with lights. When they arrived in San Diego on Christmas, they raised the Elevator and it appeared as if the tree was growing out of the Flight Deck. Ken Groom also captured a picture of the tree..


Click Picture for Ken Groom's picture of the Christmas Tree

broad view of the Hannah under the Golden Gate Bridge
The Hannah returning to Port under the Golden Gate Bridge


Hannah stream on Sea Trials after refitting 1954 - Plane Guard follows...
The Hancock with following Plane Guard on shakedown cruise
after refitting and recommissioning

The Fighting Hannah before she received the hurricane bow...
A great arial view of the Fighting Hannah - pre-1956 Hurricane Bow and Angle Deck
Notice the men on deck, a F7U-3 Cutlass on the catapult, and a Cougar readying.


AIRCRAFT AND AIR OPERATIONS
LAUNCHES

In the Beginning, the F7U Cutlass was the first twin engine Jet with afterburners to be launched from our Deck - we were not prepared. The first launch produced dangerous conditions when the wood deck caught fire.. later a steel plate was installed before the Deflector Shield. Here you see Firemen spraying water to cool down the Deck to avoid a fire. I was scalded from the Steam while standing at my Photo Station attached to the Island Structure. Read my story in my Oral History here.

A F7U-3 Cutlass at full throttle for Launch
A F7U-3 Cutlass at full throttle for Launch

Can you still hear the roar?

 F7U-3 Cutlass getting the 'high sign' from a yellow shirt
A F7U-3 Cutlass getting the 'high sign' from a yellow shirt


The Cutlass was the first carrier-based jet with afterburners

The Cutlass was the first carrier-based jet with afterburners

A Launch medley
A Launch Sequence

Top left AD5s, right Panther
bottom left and right - cougars

Lifting a Cougar aboard dockside using crane
Lifting a Cougar aboard dockside using crane


Cougars on Port side elevator
Cougars on Port side elevator
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Mixed deck of Spotted Douglas AD-5's and F9F Cougars on the rear flight deck
Mixed deck of Spotted Douglas AD-5's and F9F Cougars on the rear flight deck
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Setting up a Cougar launch sequence
"Prepare to launch the Jets!"
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Grumman S2F-1Tracker leaving the deck
Grumman S2F-1Tracker leaving the deck

TRAPS

Crash of a Douglas AD5 which missed arresting gear but caught first wire barrier
Crash of a Douglas AD5 which missed arresting gear but caught first wire barrier

Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight 'night fighter'
Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight 'night fighter'
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All-weather carrier-based Fighter Pilot & Radar Observer
Tail hook is down on approach..
"We didn't see too many of these" - Rich Kirsch


a McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee on approach
A McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee on approach
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In the cockpit sits one very rattled pilot
In the cockpit sits one very rattled pilot... §



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