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...
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...
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.
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...
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？
On a side note:
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.
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Some time ago I've stumbled upon a discussion and a historical document between Fleet Admiral Ernest Joseph King and then Secretary of the Navy James Vincent Forrestal in 1945 January for the fleet building programme and mentioning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...
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?
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...
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.
From last October:
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...