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Best of 2005

(January 1st - December 31st, 2005)

Pat Swovelin †

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Ken Stuart

Combat Information Center, USS Hornet

Alameda, San Francisco Bay, California, USA

November 19, 2005, 3:01 PM PST (GMT -8).

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© 2005 Ken Stuart, All Rights Reserved.

The USS Hornet, an aircraft carrier built during World War II and upgraded at various times, now serves as a floating museum.

This particular interior panorama depicts the Combat Information Center (CIC) where both friendly and enemy ships, planes, submarines, and other units were tracked on plotting boards, tables, radar, and other instruments.

When in operation, a number of officers and crew served in the CIC around the clock, plotting locations of units on the large boards, monitoring radar displays, and keeping lists of the status of the ship's aircraft as well as radio call signs they used while away.

When viewed in person the CIC appears much darker than the panorama suggests, but a 2-3 second exposure brings out the details of the boards and equipment via reflection and built-in light sources, making for a more interesting scene.

A complete virtual tour of the ship will be available soon. For notification, send email to Hornet@cincpac.com.

Nikon D70/10.5 mm with Precision 360 head (6 shots around, 1 up and 1 down), PTMac, CubicConverter, Photoshop.

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