Of Planked Decks and Pointy Bits: The EARLY-FIT ESSEXES
Posted by Matty on September 27, 2009, 0:23:28Message modified by board administrator September 27, 2009, 9:09:31
This is the thread dealing with the straight-decked Essex carriers:
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These are the Essexes having what I will call the "earlier" type fits - all of them essentially WWII-type configurations (and note 2 of the 3 aircraft on deck, above - the F6F Hellcat and F4U Corsair - actually flew in WWII) - even though roughly a third of the class would retain these fits clear through the end of their service lives; as late as the '70s, in some cases.
One day (if I live long enough
), I may break out the SCB-27-fit Essexes, such as Lake Champlain, pictured above, into their own separate thread. But for now they will be included here, along with the original WWII- and later straight-decked CVA-, CVS- and LPH-fit Essexes. Few if any other classes of vessels have undergone the type of radical transformation, both in sheer degree and total variety, as did the Essexes.
And here we will take a look at them - along with, of course, all your contributions and comments on the subject, appended below.
- FLIGHT DECK-Edge PIERCINGS - Matty September 27, 2009, 14:12:45
- Section IV: STARBOARD-BOW - Matty December 15, 2009, 20:56:17
- Section V: PORT BOW - Matty November 8, 2009, 15:35:19
- Section VI: PORT-FORWARD - Matty October 11, 2009, 18:28:24
- Section VII: PORT-MIDSHIPS - Matty October 11, 2009, 17:49:27
- Section VIII: PORT-AFT - Matty October 4, 2009, 20:58:45
- I would assume storage spaces... - Don Murphy September 28, 2009, 4:02:27
- Section I: STARBOARD-AFT - Matty September 27, 2009, 15:44:38