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Independence Class Light Aircraft Carriers
- converted from light cruiser hulls -
Model featured: CVL-26 USS Monterey
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Fully assembled museum quality wooden desk-top display models custom built as to your designated circa including appropriate air wing, flagging and personalized brass plate.
The Independence class of light aircraft carriers resulted from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's interest in Navy shipbuilding plans. He noted in August of 1941 that - with war clearly looming - no new fleet aircraft carriers were expected to be completed before 1944. He proposed to quickly convert some of the many cruisers then building, but studies of cruiser-size aircraft carriers had shown their serious limitations. However, following the December 1941 Pearl Harbor disaster, the Navy responded by greatly accelerating construction of the big Essex class carriers and re-ordered nine Cleveland class light cruisers as aircraft carriers.
The Independence class design featured a relatively short and narrow flight deck and hangar, with a small island. To compensate for this additional topside weight, the cruiser hulls were widened amidships by five feet.
The typical air group, originally intended to include 27 planes (nine each of fighters, scout-bombers and torpedo planes) was soon increased to number about 33 panes (24 fighters and 9 torpedo planes).
These were limited-capability ships whose principal virtue was near-term availability. Their small size made for sea keeping problems and a relatively high aircraft accident rate. Protection was modest and many munitions had to be stowed at the hangar level, a factor that contributed greatly to the loss of CVL-23 USS Princeton in October 1944.
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