Photo #: S-511-54
"Aircraft Carrier, Converted from BB 61-66 Class"
Preliminary design plan prepared for the General Board as part of an exploration of carrier conversions of warship hulls then under construction.
This plan, dated June 1942, represents the conversion of Iowa class battleship hulls. It would have produced a ship somewhat similar in external appearance to the Essex (CV-9) class, but with lower freeboard, only two aircraft elevators, one catapult, and an 864' long flight deck set well back from the bow.
The drawing bears the handwritten notation, dated 12 June 1942, "This conversion apparently will not materialize."
The original plan is in the 1939-1944 "Spring Styles Book" held by the Naval Historical Center.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 25 February 2000
Rescanned and reposted 15 February 2005