Directions to Case 7A, “A Crew of 3,000”

When you enter the hangar deck from the Tower 1 gangway (bridge), turn right and go past the large steam accumulator pipes, commissioning bell, optical landing system (the concave mirror with lights on each side) and ship propeller. Turn left before you reach the speed bump-like rise in the floor (the original fire door tracks) and the TBM Avenger propeller plane. The title of the panel is “Origin Stories.” There are photos, documents, a pitcher and rate patches on display in the case.