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What Is The Best Aircraft Carrier Ever?  
User currently offlineBraniff747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 107 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 28190 times:

Ok, this may be crossing the line into maritime -- but it's still aviation related: What is the best aircraft carrier ever?

My vote: the original USS Yorktown, CV-5

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User currently offlineGunfighter 6 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 28063 times:

USS. ENTERPRISE  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 28049 times:

My choice is Yorktown's sister. The Enterprise...CVA-6.
The most decorated US warship of WWII. Regards.



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7773 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 28039 times:

The USS Forrestal, CVA-59. Simply because it was the world's first modern aircraft carrier designed to accomadate jet aircraft with its angled main deck. Also this was the ship where a C-130 Hercules was test flown from.

http://www.forrestal.org



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 28035 times:

I was always partial to the USS. Midway.


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User currently offlineN139j From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 28038 times:

Any of the new CVN Nimitz class carriers. They are the most powerful and able ship the navy has!
-Jason
N139J


User currently online747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3581 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 27969 times:

USS Nimitz CVN-68
USS John F. Kennedy CV-67
USS Enterprise CVN-65
USS Harry S. Truman CVN-75

PS: I do not care if they are an airfield that is as small as a parking structure, they are among the most impressive ship in the world.


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 27980 times:
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The best aircraft carrier to this point is the USS Ronald Reagan. It will be replaced as the best when the next new carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush.


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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3852 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 27956 times:

USS Langley CV-1

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/images/h81000/h81279.jpg



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User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 23 hours ago) and read 27933 times:

Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 2):
My choice is Yorktown's sister. The Enterprise...CVA-6.

At one time the only operational U.S. carrier in the Pacific theater of operations during WWII. Dive bombers from the ENTERPRISE figured prominently during the Battle of Midway, which is probably the most decisive east-west confrontation at sea since the Battle of Lepanto. She has my vote!



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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7407 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 27894 times:
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Quoting Braniff747 (Thread starter):
Ok, this may be crossing the line into maritime -- but it's still aviation related: What is the best aircraft carrier ever?

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) Had more golden anchors than any other command in the surface fleet. Golden Anchors= Retention



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 27884 times:

The first and only of her class.

The Big "E" . . . .

A class act . . . .

http://www.enterprise.navy.mil/About%20the%20Big%20E.htm


User currently offlineVisakow From United States of America, joined May 2006, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 18 hours ago) and read 27866 times:

Quoting Gunfighter 6 (Reply 1):
USS. ENTERPRISE



Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 2):
My choice is Yorktown's sister. The Enterprise...CVA-6.
The most decorated US warship of WWII. Regards.



Quoting Lumberton (Reply 9):
At one time the only operational U.S. carrier in the Pacific theater of operations during WWII. Dive bombers from the ENTERPRISE figured prominently during the Battle of Midway, which is probably the most decisive east-west confrontation at sea since the Battle of Lepanto. She has my vote!

I have to go with this also. She wasn't called the Lucky "E" for nothing.

My boat, though, will always be the "Indy" CV-62 considering I did 3 1/2 years on her out of Yokosuka, Japan.  Big grin


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12134 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 27787 times:

My vote would be the USS Saratoga, CV-3

But, any one of the USN WWII CVs are a good choice (before the Essex class):
Lexington
Sartoga
Enterprize
Hornet
Ranger
Yorktown


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13184 posts, RR: 77
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 27756 times:

The first 'proper' flat-top, though a conversion-HMS Argus.

First totally dedicated carrier, not a conversion of another warship, HMS Ark Royal (the third one, launched in 1937. With an impressive WW2 combat record. Vital in the Mediterrean in 1940/1, detatched to join the chase for the Bismark, her Swordfish sealing the Battleship's fate by a torpedo hit on her rudder, rendering the ship unable to steer-the end of the Battleship era writ large. Finally sunk by a U-Boat after a long period of almost non stop combat).


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12134 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 27753 times:

Quoting GDB (Reply 14):
First totally dedicated carrier, not a conversion of another warship, HMS Ark Royal

Well, at least she isn't HMS Glorious.........


User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4817 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 27660 times:

Big E
Aircraft Carrier names are getting a bit rediculous and PC these days... G. Bush?? are you friggin kidding me??! only coz his son is the current president!
Ronald Regan yes.... he had the biggest US military buildup for a good purpose of bringing the downfall of the USSR.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12134 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 27612 times:

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 16):
Aircraft Carrier names are getting a bit rediculous and PC these days... G. Bush?? are you friggin kidding me??! only coz his son is the current president!

The George H.W. Bush was named during the Clinton Administration. It was President Clinton's Sec. of the Navy who picked the name. President George H.W. Bush (AKA Bush 41) was a USN Devistator Pilot during WWII, and was shot down over the Island of Chi Chi Jima, while on a bombing mission. IIRC, he flew from the USS Lexington, CV-16 (the second CV named Lexington), sometimes referred to, by the IJN as the "Blue Ghost".


User currently offlineVisakow From United States of America, joined May 2006, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 27575 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 17):
President George H.W. Bush (AKA Bush 41) was a USN Devistator Pilot during WWII, and was shot down over the Island of Chi Chi Jima, while on a bombing mission. IIRC, he flew from the USS Lexington, CV-16 (the second CV named Lexington), sometimes referred to, by the IJN as the "Blue Ghost".

I thought he flew the TBD/M Avenger?


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12134 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 27568 times:

Quoting Visakow (Reply 18):
I thought he flew the TBD/M Avenger?

Now that you mention it, it could very well have been an Avenger.


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 27561 times:

Quoting Visakow (Reply 18):
I thought he flew the TBD/M Avenger?

Yes it was an Avenger. The Devastator was removed from frontline service in 1943. A foot note, the Devestator was the aircraft flown by Lt. George Gay sole surviovor of VT-8 in the Battle of Midway.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 27539 times:

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 16):
G. Bush?? are you friggin kidding me??! only coz his son is the current president!



Quoting Visakow (Reply 18):
I thought he flew the TBD/M Avenger?

Correct.

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 20):
The Devastator was removed from frontline service in 1943.

That was because they all got shot down at Midway....that was when the US Navy finally figured out that the airplane sucked.

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 17):
and was shot down over the Island of Chi Chi Jima,

I highly recommend the book "Flyboys" which tells the story of the various US crews that where shot down over the island and how the commander of the japanese garrison there exectured several crews and then practiced cannabalism on them.

He ended up being executed for war crimes after the war.

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 16):
Aircraft Carrier names are getting a bit rediculous and PC these days... G. Bush?? are you friggin kidding me??! only coz his son is the current president!
Ronald Regan yes.... he had the biggest US military buildup for a good purpose of bringing the downfall of the USSR.

Well in addition to the US George H Bush being a carrier for a WWII carrier pilot, I would also point out that the USS Jimmy Carter is a nuclear submarine. Mr Peanut was an XO on the USS Seawolf the second US Nuclear Sub in the 50's.



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5385 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 27536 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 17):
The George H.W. Bush was named during the Clinton Administration. It was President Clinton's Sec. of the Navy who picked the name.

Not so. She was ordered under Clinton, but wasn't named until December '02. Nonetheless, IMO it's a fitting name given Bush's past career as a naval aviator who won the DFC.

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 17):
IIRC, he flew from the USS Lexington, CV-16 (the second CV named Lexington), sometimes referred to, by the IJN as the "Blue Ghost".

Also not so - Bush was part of VT-51 aboard the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30).



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User currently offlineVisakow From United States of America, joined May 2006, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 27452 times:

I guess I got the letters right? I know GM produced one model and Grumman produced the other? Could look it up but my bandwith sucks. Thanks "Y" Comm.

Vadim  Smile


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13184 posts, RR: 77
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 27296 times:

Honorable mention to the WW2 HMS Illustrious, like Ark Royal, it had almost non stop action in the Mediterrean, mostly on convoy escort sustaining the vital base at Malta-from there air power would seriously affect Rommel's Afrika Korps supply chain.
Badly damaged, it had a repair/turnaround like the USN Carrier at Midway-USS Yorktown?

It was from Illustrious that Swordfish made a daring night attack on the Italian fleet at port in Taranto, effectively taking the core of the Italian Navy's capital ships out of the fight.
This attack, in November 1940, was seen by a Japanese Naval Attache in Taranto itself, you can work out what influence it would have on them.
Italy, regarded Taranto as protected from enemy aircraft using torpedos.

The last RN survivor of the Taranto attack, has recently passed away.
He was an informative contributer to a documentry about the RN in WW2, in 2003.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...d=&xml=/news/2006/05/26/db2601.xml


25 DeltaDC9 : To add to what the others said about Bush Sr, he was shot down, parachuted into enemy waters, and was rescued by a submarine before he became shark f
26 Post contains images MrChips : Greatest aircraft carrier of all time...hmmm... HMCS Bonaventure, of course!
27 Post contains images MissedApproach : Hurrah! I've been waiting for that.
28 L-188 : Maggie was a better boat.
29 Post contains images Ghostbase : Interesting that no-one has mentioned the smaller but absolutely vital Escort, or 'Jeep', carriers of WW2. These were the Long Island, Bogue/Prince Wi
30 GDB : Ghostbase, fascinating you getting on the Victorious. What a huge refit that was, made longer, wider, capable of taking aircraft like the Buccaneer, S
31 Britmex : ¿How about Latin American carriers? My favourite is the Brazilian Sao Paulo (former French Navy Foch) from which modenized A-4`s fly along with Sea K
32 L-188 : I wouldn't say that. The carrier isn't the weapons system the planes are. And the A-4 can still hold it's own quite effectively. I would say that com
33 Britmex : I know both Brazilian and Argentinian A-4`s were brought up to modern standards. My only concern may be that the airframes could be tired. Anyway, I c
34 Thumper : Have to go with the USS Bennington CVA-20 as I served on her!
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