The Saratoga heads out to sea from San Diego on April 23, 1932
The Saratoga was anchored off Long Beach on March 10, 1940
Underway to San Diego the following day "Ensign Owens" crashed his Douglas TBD-1 into the Sara's #4 gun gallery, but was uninjured
30 minutes later "Lt. Thach" hit the barrier in a
Brewster F2A-1 and was treated for lacerations of his forehead.
John "Jimmy" Thach would later develop the "Thach Weave", which gave
America pilots an edge in combat with the Japanese Zero. Thach
retired as a Four-Star Admiral and is buried at Fort Rosecrans.
The Saratoga left Honolulu for San Diego on October 22, 1941
The Saratoga was at Puget Sound Navy Yard on November 16, 1941