Jeep Test Drive

Consumers test-drive Gladiator, Wrangler on deck of USS Hornet

Consumer experienced the opportunity to ride the 2019 Jeep WranglerConsumers experienced the opportunity to ride the 2019 Jeep Wrangler, Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year.

August 13, 2019 - Recently, consumers in northern California had the opportunity to ride in the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator, the most off-road-capable midsize pickup ever, or the 2019 Jeep Wrangler, Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year, on the flight deck of the USS Hornet.

After participating in the three most important World War II battles against Japan, the Hornet culminated an illustrious career with the successful recoveries of Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 and their crews in the Pacific Ocean. July 20 marked the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s landing and walk on the moon. The three-man crew of Apollo, including Michael Collins, returned to Earth and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969.

The closed test-drive course was designed to put the Jeep brand’s vehicles, including the Wrangler and the Gladiator, through obstacles that showcase the brand’s legendary attributes, such as capability, body strength, agility, traction and more.

Historic Jeep brand vehicles, including a 1944 Willys MB and 1951 M38 Navy Jeep, as well as a variety of the Jeep brand’s concept vehicles—a Jeep JK 75th Salute, JK Staff Car, JK Sarge J8, T1, JK Crew Chief and JK JT—also were available for viewing on the deck of the ship, now located in Alameda, Calif.

USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space MuseumUSS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum at 707 West Hornet Avenue in Alameda, California.

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