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Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Model featured: CVN-77 USS George H. W. Bush
circa 2010

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



See CVN-76 for example of base.

 


Even though this was only a 24" long model, the details are terrific.

 


The modern Carrier Air Wing (CAW) is now all F/A18s.

 

 

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

View the "CV Pictorial Page" for other great images of our detailing

CVN-77 USS George H. W. Bush
* 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 /31"
Price: $1995

1/3 deposit $665

Scale 1:350 /38"
Price: $2499

1/3 deposit $833

Scale 1:280 /47"
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.


CVN-77 George H. W. Bush, commissioned January 10th, 2009 is the 10th and final Nimitz class carrier. Homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, the ship was over 8 years building at a cost of $6.2 billion. CVN-77 is the transition ship to the new CVNX class of aircraft carriers, incorporates new technologies applicable to CVNX, and differs considerably from earlier Nimitz class ships.

Nimitz Class Aircraft Carriers
Ship designation / name Commissioned
CVAN / CVN-68 USS Nimitz 1975
CVN-69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 1977
CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson 1982
CVN-71 USS Theodore Roosevelt 1986
CVN-72 USS Abraham Lincoln 1989
CVN-73 USS George Washington 1992
CVN-74 USS John C. Stennis 1995
CVN-75 USS Harry S. Truman 1998
CVN-76 USS Ronald Reagan 2003
CVN-77 USS George H. W. Bush 2009

Together with CVN-65 USS Enterprise (1st nuclear-powered carrier, commissioned 1966), and the Nimitz Class there are a total of eleven US aircraft carriers operating. It is these few flattops that form the centerpiece of US Naval global might. In addition to their role of projecting power, they serve as joint command platforms in the worldwide command-and-control network.

The Nimitz Class aircraft carriers are a floating airport capable of launching as many as four aircraft a minute. Besides the aircraft, other self-defense measures include:
1) Four launchers with eight missiles each of the NATO Sea Sparrow - a radar-guided, short-to-medium range missile capable of engaging aircraft and cruise missiles;
2) Phalanx Close-In Weapon System with search and track radar that directs a 6-barrel, 20mm Gatling gun capable of firing 3,000 rounds per minute and is used for short range defense against aircraft or missiles;
3) Extensive long-range electronic counter-measures. Combat Systems include the SPS-48E 3D and SPS-49 2D air search radar systems.

The carrier's two nuclear reactors give her virtually unlimited range and endurance with a top speed in excess of 35 knots. Eight steam turbine generators each produce 8,000 kilowatts of electrical power - enough to supply electricity to a city of 100,000.

The ships normally carry enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days. Four distilling units make over 400,000 gallons of fresh water from seawater daily for use by the propulsion plants, catapults and crew.

The ship carries approximately 3 million gallons of fuel for her aircraft and escorts and enough weapons and stores for extended operations without replenishment.

These ships also have extensive repair capabilities including a fully equipped aircraft maintenance department, a micro-miniature electronics repair shop and numerous ship repair shops.

Nimitz Class carriers boast all the amenities that would be found in any American city with a comparable population, including a post office with its own ZIP code, TV and radio stations, a newspaper, a fire department, a library, a hospital, a general store, two barbershops and much more.

The Navy plans regular nuclear refueling overhauls for its Nimitz-class carriers which began with the USS Nimitz in 1998 - at a cost of  $1.2 billion. This major life-cycle milestone in a nuclear-powered ship is a process that takes approximately 33 months to complete and needs to be done about every twenty years. In addition to the refueling of both of the ship’s reactors, significant modernization occurs at the same time. Aircraft carriers are generally estimated to have useful operating live of 50 years.

Technological improvements to prepare for the CVNX ships began in CVN-76 USS Ronald Reagan which has a re-designed bulbous bow for increased propulsion efficiency and trim stability. Her aircraft elevators also have greater capacity then those currently in use aboard her sister ships.

CVN-77 is the transition ship to the new CVNX class of aircraft carriers, incorporates new technologies applicable to CVNX, and differs considerably from earlier Nimitz class ships.

CVNX (now called CVN-21 program) is the centerpiece of the next generation aircraft carrier fleet. It will be a large-deck, nuclear-powered Supercarrier with a newly designed combat system that eliminates rotating antennas. A new nuclear propulsion plant with a new electrical distribution system will provide war fighting enhancements and life cycle cost reductions. Subsequent carriers will feature additional new technologies including electromagnetic aircraft launch and recovery systems.

CVN-77 "USS George H. W. Bush" specifications

Length

1,092 feet
Deck width 252 feet
Displacement 102,000 tons fully loaded
Power Plant Two nuclear reactors, geared turbines
Screws + SHP 4 screws, 260,000 SHP, 4 rudders
Speed 35+ knots
Complement Ship's Company: 3,200; Air Wing: 2,480
Armament

4 NATO Sea Sparrow launchers,
4 Phalanx 20mm CIWS mounts and SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System, SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo countermeasures

Aircraft -85 fixed wing and helicopters


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