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"SPRING STYLES," 1911-1925

Photo # S-584-180: Aircraft Carrier (1922) No. # 2 - September 9, 1921

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Bureau of Ships' "Spring Styles" Book # 1 (1911-1925) -- (Naval Historical Center Lot # S-584) --
Aircraft Carrier Preliminary Design Drawings

Nine of the 211 design drawings in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles" Book treat Aircraft Carriers. Two images reproduced here depict hand-written notes on small pieces of paper attached to one of the drawings, identifying changes to be made following design discussions. Of the nine individual aircraft carrier ship designs included here, five represent preliminary designs developed to illustrate the potential for new construction of a large, purpose-built ship created prior to the limits imposed by the Washington Treaty on naval arms limitation enacted in 1922. The other four ship designs all reflect the impact of the treaty. One illustrates the design adopted for the conversion of two uncompleted battle cruisers into aircraft carriers (becoming Lexington (CV-2) and Saratoga (CV-3).) Three others illustrate design possibilities available under the terms of the treaty, one toward the upper end of size and two near the lower limit considered potentially feasible for construction of a useful ship. No ships were built to any of these last three preliminary design concepts.

This page features those 1911-1925 Bureau of Ships "Spring Styles" plans that concern aircraft carriers.

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The Aircraft Carrier drawings included in this album are:

--Five design proposals for a new, purpose-built large aircraft carrier:

--The design selected for conversion of two Lexington class Battle Cruisers to Aircraft Carriers, which became aircraft carriers Lexington and Saratoga:

--Three design proposals for new Aircraft Carriers to be built under Treaty design constraints, none constructed:

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