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(The Drive)   Warbirds heading to Hawai'i to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of WWII's end got a ride from the US Navy's amphibious assault ship USS Essex   ( divider line
    More: Spiffy, World War II, United States Navy, amphibious assault ship USS Essex, U.S. Navy's Wasp class, B-25 Mitchell bomber, smaller Navy aircraft carriers, Amphibious assault ship, United States  
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2020-08-12 8:28:08 AM  
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Permanent Solutions For Permanent Problems: Hopefully this amphibious landing ship doesn't burst into flames and burn for a week like the other one.

Well, since they aren't doing yard work on it, I doubt it will.​h​ips-in-maintenance-always-face-increas​ed-risk-for-fire-damage
2020-08-12 8:24:48 AM  
4 votes:
Very cool- just as a comparison, here's the layout of the WWII Essex class carriers with the modern Wasp class Essex.  They look fairly similar and are roughly the same size, although obviously the modern Essex isn't a pure aircraft carrier.

WWII Essex: 30-36400 tons, modern 40500
WWII Essex: ~860 feet long, 93 foot beam, modern 843x104

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2020-08-12 8:15:07 AM  
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Catalina is likely my all time favorite aircraft.  Up there with a Grumman Goose.
2020-08-12 6:53:15 AM  
3 votes:
That P-51 is just drop-dead gorgeous.
2020-08-12 9:01:54 AM  
2 votes:

Webulator: I don't get it?  Why are they sending warbrides to Hawaii on a Navy ship?  Can't they just fly commercial?

US Army used to issue every military member a wife.

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2020-08-12 8:00:33 AM  
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2020-08-12 10:29:44 AM  
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wingnut396: Catalina is likely my all time favorite aircraft.  Up there with a Grumman Goose.

I love the Catalinas too.  If the border ever reopens, I'd like to book a ride on the one in Hamilton, ON.
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