united states navy

  1. uk 75

    Lessons from the USN Knox class

    With all the discussions on the post Cold War travails of the US Navy especially with its escort ship programmes it is worth recalling an earlier troubled programme. I will use Wikipedia to set the scene for those not familiar with the USN Knox class ASW escorts...
  2. bring_it_on

    US Navy Screaming Arrow Hypersonic Program

    The US Navy has (re) launched (August 2021) the Screaming Arrow prototyping effort after withdrawing the prior outreach to industry back in March. Wanted to start a dedicated thread to discuss what the Navy is asking for here since they have provided a notional set of requirements and are...
  3. Boxman

    CAPT. DALE “SNORT” SNODGRASS (USN, RET) Killed in Plane Crash

    Just crushing news. R.I.P. Snort. The Aviation Geek Club: Dale “Snort” Snodgrass, legendary US Navy F-14 Tomcat pilot, killed in in the crash of a SIAI-Marchetti SM.1019 July 25, 2021 Full article hyperlinked at title.
  4. X

    WINGS at SEA, Landing a Pusher-Prop on a Postage Stamp....

    A knotty design conundrum! Using some 'imagineering', what if the Curtis XP55 'Ascender' and the Kyushu J7W 'Shinden' went into production and both spawned navalised variants for carrier deployment. The thorny issue of deck landing arises; 3-point tricycle landing gear means the awkward...
  5. trajan

    a question about DL1 Nofork's weapon

    Does 3"/70 (7.62 cm) Mark 37 have the potential to shoot at the sea. Just like British 3"/70 (7.62 cm) Mark VI? DL1 NOFORK known as a destoryer killer(ddk)and it has four mountings of this type,but i can't find any ammo about this gun that can attack sea target. so how NOFORK anti ships?
  6. Grey Havoc

    4th of July dinner menu, 1946, USS Mission Bay (CVE-59)

    View: https://www.reddit.com/r/WarshipPorn/comments/odiwra/fourth_of_july_dinner_menu_aboard_escort_aircraft/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Mission_Bay On a side note: https://www.reddit.com/r/VintageMenus/
  7. Grey Havoc

    Ford 'Big Red'

    Meant to create a topic on this after creating the one on the Kenworth-Boeing gas-powered turbine truck earlier in the year. Like that program this one had its origins in an USN requirement, albeit a later one. View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tODsl0-oW0Q View...
  8. Grey Havoc

    Lacoste Brakes

    View: https://old.reddit.com/r/WarshipPorn/comments/aiywtl/it_turns_out_the_us_navy_experimented_with_ship/
  9. Tzoli

    The Mysterious 1944-45 Gibbs & Cox Battleship

    I've post here as well in hope we can find more info on this! Some time ago I've stumbled upon a discussion and a historical document between Fleet Admiral Ernest Joseph King and then Secretary of the Navy James Vincent Forrestal in 1945 January for the fleet building programme and mentioning a...
  10. Grey Havoc

    Kenworth-Boeing gas-powered turbine truck

    Apparently the gas turbine in question (Model 502) was originally developed in response to a USN requirement, presumably on behalf of the USMC. I wonder what the intended vehicle was? https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2011/05/09/turbine-powered-oddities-no-466-the-see-through-kenworth-boeing...
  11. JFC Fuller

    D1W Surface Ship Reactor

    I have found three readily available sources referencing this reactor, either directly or indirectly: Rickover and the Nuclear Navy, Francis Duncan, 1990 American destroyers and Frigates, Norman Friedman, 1982 Deciding to Buy: Civil-military Relations and Major Weapons Programs, Quentin E...
  12. Bill S

    Boeing Model 468

    From Boeing Report D-8172 [NARA II] The Model 468 informal proposal was based on conversations between Boeing and BuAero in January 1947. The proposed airplane was a semi-expendable antiaircraft gunnery target. It was to operated at 450mph at altitudes between sea level and 20,000 ft. Two...
  13. Grey Havoc

    Wave Glider USV in USN service?

    From last October: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2020/10/07/mystery-deepens-around-unmanned-spy-boat-washed-up-in-scotland/?sh=c25f756541f3 https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/unmanned-spy-vessel-washes-up-in-scotland/
  14. Grey Havoc

    Effector Payload Module (USN/Strategic Studies Group)

    In a way, a cousin to DARPA's Upward Falling Payload.
  15. Antonio

    USN Fleet Carrier Studies (Fall 1945)

    A comprehensive source is Norman Friedman's "U.S. Aircraft Carriers". "By 1945, the Essex class was considered unsuited to the new generation of naval aircraft. The 1945 fleet carrier was to have solved such problems in a hull suited to mass production". Also incorporating those learned from...
  16. Grey Havoc

    Langley Aerodrome

    View: https://www.reddit.com/r/weirdboats/comments/gjakpg/langley_experiment_gas_driven_carrier_october_1903/ ORIGINAL CAPTION: First failure of the manned Aerodrome, October 7, 1903 ORIGINAL CAPTION: William E. "Gink" Doherty coaxes the structurally modified Langley Aerodrome into the air...
  17. F

    Multipurpose Orenda OT-4 gas turbine

    In early 1960, Orenda Engines, a division of Avro Canada, began to develop a gas turbine to meet a U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships specification for the development of engines for a new type of minesweeper. The Canadian company and two American companies, including Ford Motor, received development...
  18. P

    Late 1960's USN Fletcher-class 'Harrier Carrier' concept

    Here's a really interesting account I found on Project Terminated, by Ronnie Serrano: '... a couple drawings were done by Pierre Mion for the U.S Navy in the late-1960s which shows using converted Fletcher-class destroyers into makeshift "Harrier Carriers". The plan at the time is to convert...
  19. O

    Cessna C-28A: Information Request

    I have been scouring the internet for information and photos on the US Navy's two Cessna 404s designated as C-28A, but aside from one photo of the pair in the bone yard, I can't find any other information on them. I would like to draw some profiles for them, so any photos anyone has would be great.
  20. T

    USA ASAT merging Sparrow and Polaris

    In the document below, at page 23 there is the following sentence: "During the early 1960s, the U.S. Navy was also researching possible ASAT capabilities. Early efforts focused on matching a Navy Sparrow anti-aircraft missile with a Polaris Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) but these...