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An Aircraft Carrier made from ice

An Aircraft Carrier made from ice
In 1943 Canadians tried to built an aircraft carrier from a mixture of ice and wood pulp. Known as “pykrete” this material is as strong as concrete, does not melt as fast as ice and is cheap to produce. A “bergship” made of pykrete would be not only unsinkable but also indestructible, since most of the damage can be repaired with seawater. Well, as long as the temperature around the ship is below freezing…
Project Habakkuk was the plan to build an enormous aircraft carrier, actually more of a floating island than a ship. The bergship would be providing a convenient landing site for the military aircraft operating between Canada and Greenland. Since exact properties of pykrete were unknown at the time, a 1000 ton 18m by 9m model was built on a lake near Alberta, Canada. However, the real ship was never finished. As it turned out, the ice ship still needed steel for reinforcement and proper operation and the engines were a pain to attach. Besides, you can’t have the crew eat cold rations and live in parkas all the time.
In December 1943 the project was officially abandoned. It took 3 hot summers for the prototype to melt completely.
In 2009, the Mythbusters dudes have built a small boat out of pykrete. They confirmed that the material is nearly bullet-proof and very strong. It melts anyway….
 
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Posted by on December 18, 2015 in Aircraft Carriers, History

 

CV-12 Hornet, the aircraft carrier museum

Took my family to USS Hornet last weekend, the aircraft carrier museum permanently stationed at the harbor in Alameda, CA. It was a blast! Even my wife liked it, even though she is as far removed from the Navy as a snowman is from a surfboard. After visiting the ship my son drew the picture of CV-12, complete with F-14 Tomcat taking off.

They have Halloween-oriented Haunted Hornet tours most days in October, so if you’re in the area go and get scared!

F-14 Tomcat parked on the flight deck of USS Hornet

F-14 Tomcat parked on the flight deck of USS Hornet

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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Aircraft Carriers, Uncategorized

 

US Navy = 0, Canadian Navy = 1

ACTUAL transcript of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. This radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on 10-10-95.


Americans: “Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.”

Canadians: “Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.”

Americans: “This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.”

Canadians: “No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.”

Americans: “THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES’ ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH. THAT’S ONE-FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.”

Canadians: “This is a lighthouse. Your call.”

Now, this is not a true story, but the the joke was around for so long that US Navy had to officially deny that any such event ever took place. The story can be traced back to 1931 where it appeared in a Canadian newspaper. Depending which version you read, the ship’s name can be different, but it’s always Canadians vs. Americans. If you absolutely need to know every single detail about this “incident” head to snopes.com for more reading.
 
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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in Aircraft Carriers, humor, Navy

 

Who’s the “shooter”??

Catapult officer, known as “The Shooter” is responsible for directing catapult and plane launch operations on a modern Aircraft Carrier. The origin of the nickname is pretty apparent from the picture below

Persian Gulf (January 10, 2008) An F/A-18 Hornet launches off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Image courtesy of US Navy

Persian Gulf (January 10, 2008) An F/A-18 Hornet launches off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Image courtesy of US Navy

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2015 in Aircraft Carriers, Navy

 

May 13th, the Top Gun day!

In 1986 the movie Top Gun came roared into theatres like an F-14 Tomcat. The movie centers on Maverick played by Tom Cruise, a hot shot pilot, who is sent to the US Navy’s Fighter Weapons school.

Why is this day important? Not because of Tom’s looks, but because of the F-14 Tomcat!

Despite being one of the most successful movies of all times, “Top Gun” had it’s share of tragedies. A stunt pilot and his plane crashed into the Pacific during filming and neither the body nor the plane were ever recovered. The film director Tony Scott has later committed suicide by jumping off the bridge.

Head to Top Gun Wiki for more info! http://topgun.wikia.com/wiki/Top_Gun_Wiki

Download some Kenny Loggins and blast “Danger Zone” as loud as you can today!

Read this article about the “Real Maverick” here: http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/the-real-top-gun-32185/?no-ist

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Aircraft Carriers, Navy

 

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