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Midway Class Aircraft Carriers
- a new class of larger ships -
Model featured: CV-43 USS Coral Sea
circa 1985

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Midway Class Aircraft Carriers
Ship Comm. Fate
CV-41
Midway
Sep 1945 Decommissioned 1992, preserved as a floating museum, San Diego, CA
CV-42
Franklin
Roosevelt
Oct 1945 Decommissioned 1977 and scrapped
CV-43
Coral Sea
Oct 1945 Decommissioned 1990 and scrapped
CV-44, CV-56, CV-57   Midway Class -cancelled
CV-58   Super Carrier cancelled

 
Midway Class specifications as built 1945

Length

968 - 979 feet
Max Width 238 feet
Displacement 45,000 tons, 62,000 tons fully loaded
Power Plant 12 boilers, 4 geared steam turbines
Screws + SHP 4 screws, 212,000 SHP total
Speed 33 knots
Complement 4104 initially, 4772 after re-fit
Armament Initially: 18 x 5", 84 x 40mm, 68 x 20mm
Later: Sea Sparrow missiles & 3 Phalanx
Aircraft Initially 137, at end up to 70 only
CV-41 to CV-43 Midway Class
* custom built aircraft carrier models *
Replicated as to your stated circa with hanger doors and elevators as you specify.
We'll contact you for details after you order.

Scale 1:430 / 27"
Price: $1995

1/3 deposit $665

Price includes free delivery,
personalized brass plate, ensign/signal flags, 40 aircraft and 12 deck vehicles.

Other size models, different bases, aircraft with squadron paint/CAGs, plus specialties like raised blast shields are all possible.
Please email us for free quote.


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 Midway Class aircraft carriers had heavier armor and more armament than contemporary fleet carriers of the time. Initially designated as Large Carriers (CVB) they were soon re-designated as CV.  Once the largest carriers afloat, the 1,000-foot-long warships displaced 45,000 tons when built. When operating at sea, the ships were refueled every three days - burning approximately 100,000 gallons of oil a day.

The ships were extensively modernized with such new innovations as an enclosed bow and angled flight deck. The original hydraulic catapults were replaced with more powerful steam catapults, and advanced sensor and communication suites were added.

Following modernization, the ships displaced more than 67,000 tons if fully loaded. Sponsons were added along the hull to improve freeboard and sea keeping ability - but the bulges actually made the problem worse and flight operations were nearly impossible in 6-10 foot seas. Still the Midway Class "flat-tops" were an outstanding example of successful re-fitting. Operating piston-driven propeller aircraft initially, they all returned from their last deployments carrying the Navy's most modern, multi-purpose jet strike-fighters.

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