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Forrestal Class Aircraft Carriers
Model featured: CV-59 USS Forrestal
circa 1990


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Aircraft and deck vehicles are included - correct for your circa.

Squadron paint, tail letters and CAGs are possible.

Emblem on front of island is finely replicated.

#4 Elevator on forward port side reveals "blueprint accuracy".

Details crowd underside of flight deck, port side near landing lights.

Sponson with Sea Sparrow missile launcher near port stern shows the doors.

Crane near # 3 Elevator (starboard aft) shows exceptional details.

CV-59 to CV-62 Forrestal Class
* custom built aircraft carrier model *
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 /29"
Price: $1995

1/3 deposit $665

Scale 1:350 /36"
Price: $2499

1/3 deposit $833

Scale 1:280 /45"
Price: $3600

1/3 deposit $1200

Price includes free delivery,
personalized brass plate, 40 aircraft and 12 deck vehicles, and flagging as you wish.

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.

Development of the Forrestal Class, the USN's first super carriers, represented many significant improvements over previous carrier designs. The Forrestal class was the first designed specifically to operate jet aircraft and were built with an angled deck to permit simultaneous take-offs and landings. The revolutionary design became the basis for all future US aircraft carriers.

Additional other firsts were an armored flight deck; an enclosed hurricane bow (to shield from jet blasts); steam-powered catapults; and four deck-edge elevators (one additional elevator).

The Forrestal flight deck had a different layout from later aircraft carriers in that the Forrestal island was placed closer to the bow (moved further aft in later carriers). Also, the starboard elevator configuration on the Forrestal class is "one elevator forward and two aft". This was changed to "two elevators forward and one aft" on later carrier classes.

On the port side, the Forrestal number four elevator is forward of the two waist catapults while on later carriers that elevator is aft of the waist catapults.

Those elevator changes, combined with the island re-location, were done on later carriers  to provide a more efficient flight deck management.

The Navy originally planned eight ships of the Forrestal class. However, after building the first four ships (which comprise the Forrestal class), the last four ships (CV-63 to CV-66) had incorporated the island/elevator re-locations and other improvements from the original Forrestal design - so much so that the last four ships were designated as the separate Kitty Hawk Class.


Forrestal Class specifications as built 1955


1,039 to 1,086 feet
Max Width 252 feet
Displacement 56,000 tons, 79,300 tons full load
Power Plant 8 boilers, 4 geared steam turbines
Screws + SHP Four; 280,000 SHP, Forrestal only 260,000
Speed 33 knots
Complement 3800 - 4280
Armament Sea Sparrow missiles.3 Phalanx mounts
Aircraft ~ 75


Forrestal Class Aircraft Carriers
Ship Comm. Fate
later AVT-59
01-10-55 Decommissioned Sept,1993, may be donated for museum/historical center sunk as artificial reef.
14-04-56 Decommissioned Aug 20,1994.
10-08-57 Decommissioned July 10,1993. The "USS Ranger Foundation"  is trying to secure ship for a museum/memorial  to be moored at Everett, WA.
10-01-59 Decommissioned Sept 30,1998

Mahogany wood base, real brass pedestals and descriptive brass plate enhance this elegant historical model.

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