Photo #: S-511-42
"Aircraft Carrier Study - Scheme "CV-E""
Preliminary design plan prepared for the General Board during the process that led to the armored flight deck Midway (CVB-41) class.
This plan, dated 22 September 1941, depicts a 45,000-ton (standard displacement) 900-foot (between perpendiculars) ship with two-inch flight deck armor and all aircraft elevators on the port side. Gun battery contains twelve 5"/54 dual-purpose guns (four twin mounts and four singles). Hull is too wide for the existing Panama Canal locks.
The actual Midway class design was generally based on this scheme.
Scale of the original drawings is 1/32" = 1'.
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 2 March 2005