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Courtesy of CAPT Gene Oleson, CHC, USN (Ret)
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USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT   (CVB-42)
(later CVA-42 and CV-42)


Tactical Voice Radio Call: "RIPTIDE"
CLASS - MIDWAY
Displacement 45,000 Tons, Dimensions, 968' (oa) x 113' x 35' (Max)
Armament 18 x 5"/54AA 84 x 40mm, 68 x 20mm, 137 Aircraft.
Armor, 7.6" Belt, 3 1/2" Flight Deck, 2" Deck, 6 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 212,000; SHP, Geared turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 4104.
Fate: USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) was decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on 1 October 1977. Final bids on Sale No. 16-8007 for ex-CV 42 were opened at 1400 hrs. on 31 March 1978. Sold to Union Minerals & Alloy Corp. of New York City, NY, 11 April 1978, in the amount of $2,111,013.37. Rosie entered the River Terminal Development Co. facility, Kearny, NJ, for scrapping, 3 May 1978. (Thanks to Larry Blumenthal for the info.)

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Namesake
President Roosevelt
NS024230
65k

CVB-42 was named after Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd President of the United States of America (1933-1945).

Assuming the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Mr. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves.

He later sought to keep the United States out of the war in Europe, yet at the same time to strengthen nations threatened or attacked. When France fell and England came under siege in 1940, Roosevelt (who had been Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President Wilson) began to send Great Britain all possible aid short of actual military involvement. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Roosevelt directed organization of the Nation's manpower and resources for global war.

Feeling that the future peace of the world would depend upon relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, he devoted much thought to the planning of a United Nations, in which, he hoped, international difficulties could be settled.

Photo courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum
The Early Years
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1944
NS023501
159k

Aerial view of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, BuAer photo # 290081, received 2 December 1944. There are five aircraft carriers in sight (refer to NS023501a): (1) Reprisal (CV-35) under construction in Dry Dock #6; (2) Coral Sea, later Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) under construction in Dry Dock #5; (3) Kearsarge (CV-33) under construction; (4) Oriskany (CV-34) under construction; and (5) USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31), commissioned 26 November 1944.

Naval Historical Center photograph.

Ron Reeves
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1944
NS023501a
464k
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1945
NS023502
230k

Aerial view of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, BuAer photo # 332720, received 15 April 1945. Refer to NS023502a: (1) Coral Sea, later Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) under construction in Dry Dock #5; (2) Reprisal (CV-35) under construction in Dry Dock #6.

Naval Historical Center photograph.

Ron Reeves
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1944
NS023502a
599k
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1945
NS023503
172k

Aerial view of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, BuAer photo # 332719, received 15 April 1945. Refer to NS023503a: (1) Coral Sea, later Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) under construction in Dry Dock #5; (2) Reprisal (CV-35) under construction in Dry Dock #6.

Naval Historical Center photograph.

Ron Reeves
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1944
NS023503a
488k
CVB-42 Coral Sea/FDR
NS024267
84k

CVB-42, still named Coral Sea, under construction, New York Navy Yard.

Collection of ARM2c E.E. Taylor, VB-75, CVB-42, Jan-Apr 1946.
Submitted by his son, Paul.
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024207
82k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) at commissioning ceremonies at the New York Navy Yard, Navy Day, 27 October 1945.

U.S. Navy photo now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives (# 80-G-K-6611).

Steven Graham
AT2, VA-176, 1972.

Larger copy courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024201
19k Undated, underway as completed. USN
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024286
121k

Possibly a photo of the first trap(1) aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42).

(1) December 12, 1945, CDR R.E.C. Jones, in an F6F Hellcat.

Collection of ARM2c E.E. Taylor, VB-75, CVB-42, Jan-Apr 1946.
Submitted by his son, Paul.
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024290
128k

Wire image of the newly commissioned USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42), dated 5 February 1946.

Tommy Trampp.
Shakedown Cruise, 8 January–19 March 1946
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024265
152k

VB-75 SB2C-4E Helldiver, #7, being run over by USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42), 17 January 1946. Pilot was LT McInnis, with ARM2c Eldridge Taylor.

Collection of ARM2c E.E. Taylor, VB-75, CVB-42, Jan-Apr 1946.
Submitted by his son, Paul.
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024265a
125k

USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779) going to pick up the boys, 17 January 1946.

CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024285
97k

During her shakedown cruise USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1–11 February 1946.

Collection of ARM2c E.E. Taylor, VB-75, CVB-42, Jan-Apr 1946.
Submitted by his son, Paul.
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024285a
81k
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024296
153k

A K-class airship flies over USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) in April 1946 at Hampton Roads, Virginia. The ships are gathered for a review for President Harry S. Truman. The photo was apparently taken from USS Princeton (CV-37), with the F4U-4 Corsairs of squadrons VF-81 "Free Lancers" and VBF-81 "Privateers" parked on the flight deck.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.062.017. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green.
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024294
102k

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, USN, President Harry S. Truman, and Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, USN (left to right) on the bridge of USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42), flagship of the Eighth Fleet, during maneuvers off the Virginia Capes, 24 April 1946. U.S. Navy photo in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-702511).

Robert M. Cieri.
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024287
151k

SB2C-4E Helldivers from Torpedo Squadron (VT) 75 "Fish Hawks" and F4U-4 Corsairs from Fighting Squadron (VF) 75 "Gay Blades" fly over USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42). Both squadrons were part of Carrier Air Group (CVBG) 75. FDR, with CVBG-75 embarked, conducted training exercises with 8th Fleet in the West Atlantic/Caribbean, 19 April–26 May 1946. This photo was reportedly taken on 5th May.

Pieter Bakels.
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024208
45k July 21, 1946: FDR launches her 1st jet aircraft, a XFD-1 Phantom. Steven Graham
AT2, VA-176, 1972.
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS0408131
221k

"AMERICAN SHIPS VISIT PORTUGAL—The U.S. Cruiser Houston (foreground) pulls into port while the carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt (background) lies at anchor in the Tagus River, 18 August [1946], during a 'courtesy visit' to Lisbon, Portugal. A spokesman for Admiral H. Kent Hewitt, Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, announced today that the U.S. Fleet in Europe will visit Gibraltar, Naples, Malta, and Tangier on a Mediterranean cruise and said the announcement was intended to 'clear up confusion' stemming from rumors that the fleet might visit Trieste and Palestine. (AP Wirephoto)(pjm51740lisbon)."

Tommy Trampp.
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024206
69k Shown at anchor at Piraeus, Greece in September 1946. Steven Graham
AT2, VA-176, 1972.
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024239
166k

Port oblique view of USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) at anchor, with Carrier Air Group 4 (CVG-4) aboard, 1948–1949.

Official US Navy Photograph #USN-467137 from the Chief of Information, Department of the Navy, Washington DC.

Robert M. Cieri
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024221
102k

Ships of the U.S. Sixth Task Fleet, commanded by Vice Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, silhouetted by the evening sun while anchored in Phaleron Bay off Piraeus, Greece, 17 October 1948. The ships are (from left to right): USS Little Rock (CL-92); USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42); USS Providence (CL-82); and USS Albany (CA-123).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-706506).

NHC
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024211
91k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) operating at sea during her second Mediterranean tour, 28 November 1948.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-467203).

Scott Dyben
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024204
49k As completed underway, air group on deck. Steven Graham
AT2, VA-176, 1972.
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024203
113k Early 1950s photo of the FDR at sea before SCB-110 modernization (angled flight deck.) Note cars, boats and what is probably gear from the Air Group on flight deck. USN
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024213
99k

Grumman F9F-2 Panther jet fighter on the deck edge elevator of USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42), circa 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-12443).

Scott Dyben
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024275
576k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) at anchor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on 22 March 1950.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.369.012.003.

Mike Green
Pieter Bakels
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024227
122k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) underway, circa 1950-51 (FDR made her third Med deployment between January 10 and May 18, 1951).

Herbert V. Betz, AK3, USN;
and his son, Joseph F. Betz, ET2, USN, 1976-1982
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024228
132k

Group shot of the ASO, circa 1950. Herbert V. Betz is on the far right of the back row.

Herbert V. Betz, AK3, USN;
and his son, Joseph F. Betz, ET2, USN, 1976-1982
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024297
159k

Willard C. Schum, circa 1951.

Mike Schum
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024212
90k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) launches a Lockheed P2V "Neptune" bomber with "JATO" assist, during a Task Force 21 cruise, 2 July 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-629296).

Scott Dyben
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024215
122k

Off Nice, France, on 24 October 1951, with crewmen in formation on the flight deck spelling out "Vive La France".

Courtesy of Captain H.H. Smith-Hutton, USN (Retired), via Captain Paul B. Ryan, USN, 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. (photo # NH 81905).

NHC
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024246
102k

AD Skyraider landing, November 1952.

Robert Carey, AF2
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024249
117k

Piasecki HUP-1 Retriever, BuNo 124590, HU-2 "Fleet Angels." Exact date unknown.

Robert Carey, AF2
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024250
90k

F2H Banshee of Composite Squadron 4 (VC-4) landing. Exact date unknown.

Robert Carey, AF2
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024248
161k

F2H-2 Banshee landing during Operation Long Step, November 1952.

Robert Carey, AF2
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024247
184k

Underway, November 1952.

Robert Carey, AF2
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024247a
178k
CVB-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024251
233k

Water level starboard bow view of the attack aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) underway. Original artwork by Hahn, USN, circa 1955.

FDR is depicted as she appeared before her SCB-110 modernization (March 1954–June 1956).

Image available from the Defense Visual Information Center (# DN-SC-83-04136).

Robert M. Cieri
USS FDR + USS Yorktown (CVA-10)
NS021069
77k

"SXP460-3/3-SAN FRANCISCO: With Angel Island as background, two mighty carriers pass each other in Bay 3/3[/1954], as the USS Yorktown (front) sails in from 7-month Korean patrol, passing the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, outward-bound for Bremerton, Wash., where she'll undergo modernization. UNITED PRESS TELEPHOTO jrh (SPL for WC)"

Ron Reeves
SCB-110 modernization
Undergoing Modernization
CVA-42 FDR
NS024291
133k

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 28 May 1954. Barge with removed plate attached. (Photo # NY8-11314).

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White, Researcher@Large
CVA-42 FDR
NS024229
61k

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 10 August 1954. USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) getting her hurricane bow (Photo # NY8-11561).

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White, Researcher@Large
CVA-42 FDR
NS024292a
75k

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 20 October 1954. Bulkhead extensions and Fourth Deck extension plates, Frame 163–171, Starboard. (Photo # NY8-11879).

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White, Researcher@Large
CVA-42 FDR
NS024292
96k

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 20 October 1954. Shoring columns under Island structure. (Photo # NY8-11880).

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White, Researcher@Large
After Modernization
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024240
186k

Official US Navy photograph of USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) probably running trials after her SCB-110 modernization, circa May 1956.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024233
129k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), from Our Navy magazine, 1 February, 1958.

Photo taken in 1956-1957, with Carrier Air Group 17 (CVG-17) aboard. Note mixture of color schemes: some aircraft were painted in the new light gull gray over glossy insignia white scheme (as directed by MIL-C-18263, 23 February 1955) while others were still painted in the old overall glossy sea blue scheme.

Stanley Svec
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024205
76k

Underway, September 26, 1956 after her two-year SCB-110 modernization. FDR conducted Air Wing training and other CarQuals from Mayport, Fla., Aug 9-Oct 25, 1956.

SCB-110 included the installation of the angled flight deck and three type C-11 steam catapults (that fitted to the angled deck was later removed). Although the number of 5"/54 Mk.39 and 3"/50 guns was reduced, she retained a considerable gun battery. New SPS-8A and SPS-12 radars were carried on the new mast, and an old SC-2 was retained behind the funnel (see NS024214).

(Thanks to Robert Hurst, who provided additional info).

Steven Graham
AT2, VA-176, 1972.
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS0570613
214k

USS Gainard (DD-706) alongside USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) on 15 December 1957 (photo # CVA-42-4035). From the collection of John L. Slade who was Captain of the Gainard in 1957–1959.

John L. Slade III
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024281

"(NY24-DEC.24)DECKED OUT WITH CHRISTMAS SENTIMENT—Crew members of the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt spell out a living Christmas card on the flight deck as the huge warship cruises in the waters of the Mediterranean with the U.S. Sixth Fleet. Despite the 'Peace on Earth' message, the ship and others of the fleet keep a constant alert. (APWirephoto from the Department of Defense)" 24 December 1957.

Tommy Trampp
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024262
69k

A Douglas A3D-1 Skywarrior (BuNo 135429) of Heavy Attack Squadron VAH-3 "Sea Dragons" landing aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) during the carrier's deployment to the Mediterranean between 12 July 1957 and 5 March 1958. The aircraft wears the tailcode "AL" which was used for Carrier Air Group 17 (CVG-17) only during that deployment. Photo taken by Jim Mulligan, U.S. Navy.

Three months after returning from this Mediterranean cruise, the "Sea Dragons" moved to NAS Sanford, FL, to be merged with the Atlantic Fleet's Heavy Attack Training Unit and took over a new role as the A3D/A-3 Replacement Air Group (RAG) for the Atlantic Fleet.

Robert Hurst
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024282
152k

A Douglas A3D-1 Skywarrior (BuNo 135442) of Heavy Attack Squadron VAH-3 "Sea Dragons" aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), probably during the carrier's deployment to the Mediterranean between 12 July 1957 and 5 March 1958.

This particular aircraft was lost in an accident in March 1963.

Vic Kretsinger
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024273
41k

Aircraft of Carrier Air Group (CVG) 17 on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) during that carrier's deployment to the Mediterranean between July 1957 and March 1958. A Douglas F4D-1 Skyray (BuNo 134870) fighter of Fighter Squadron (VF) 74 "Be-Devilers" is visible on the right. The planes on the left are McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee fighters of VF-171 "Aces." The aircraft wear the tailcode "AL" which was used for CVG-17 only during that deployment. US Navy photo by Jim Mulligan.

Robert Hurst
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024274
85k

Maintenance on a APQ-50A radar of a Douglas F4D-1 Skyray (BuNo 134870) fighter of Fighter Squadron (VF) 74 "Be-Devilers," Carrier Air Group (CVG) 17, on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) during that carrier's deployment to the Mediterranean between July 1957 and March 1958. CVG-17 was assigned the tailcode "AL" only during this deployment. US Navy photo by Jim Mulligan.

Robert Hurst
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024226
68k Postcard, circa 1958. -
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024269
97k

A Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk about to be catapulted from the carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt[, circa 1959]. Note the A4D-2 has a fixed inflight refuelling probe on the starboard side. Photo U.S. Navy.

From "Aircraft Carriers," by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024234
102k Underway, early in her 1959 deployment to the Med, with CVG-1. Image courtesy of
Larry Blumenthal, PH3, 1957-61.
"US Navy Photos"
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024241
182k

Two A3D-2 Skywarriors from VAH-11 "Checkertails" launching from USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42). The Rosey was engaged in NATO Exercise "Operation Green Swing" in the Mediterranean Sea with the US Sixth Fleet. Official US Navy photograph #USN-1041665, from the Chief of Information, Navy Department, Washington DC, dated April 17, 1959.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024235
82k Two A3D-2 Skywarriors of VAH-11 "Checkertails" ready to launch. This photo appears to have been taken within minutes from NS024241. Image courtesy of
Larry Blumenthal, PH3, 1957-61.
"US Navy Photos"
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024236
68k F8U-1 Crusader of VF-11 "Red Rippers." Med Cruise, 1960. Image courtesy of
Larry Blumenthal, PH3, 1957-61.
"US Navy Photos"
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024237
79k Preparing to launch aircraft in the Med, 1960. Image courtesy of
Larry Blumenthal, PH3, 1957-61.
"US Navy Photos"
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024238
125k USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) and USS Charles H. Roan (DD-853) being refueled by USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) in the Med, 1960. Image courtesy of
Larry Blumenthal, PH3, 1957-61.
"US Navy Photos"
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024245
91k In emergency situations a barricade is stretched across the carrier deck to stop aircraft unable to return safely aboard, or to available sites ashore. This is an F8U-1 Crusader of VF-11 "Red Rippers", BuNo 143716, modex AB-201, aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), in 1960.

Video clips: Two F8U landing accidents, 3 June 1960 & 21 October 1961. Videos courtesy of Larry Blumenthal, PH3, 1957–61 ("US Navy Photos").
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Photo sequence: F8U landing accident, 21 October 1961.

Image courtesy of
Larry Blumenthal, PH3, 1957-61.
"US Navy Photos"
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024245b
153k
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024214
131k

Summer 1960, in the Med.

Note radome-enclosed SPN-8 blind-landing radar mounted abaft the funnel and a Mk.37 GFCS, with Mk.25 radar, mounted on a pedestal. The mattress-like antenna served a wartime-designed, long-wave, SC-series air search radar, retained in service to complement the shorter-wave SPS-6 and -12.

Photo by George Klos
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024270
106k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), Mayport, Florida, January 1961, shortly before her 10th Mediterranean deployment (15 February–28 August 1961).

LCDR William John Burke, in civilian clothes, with children. LCDR Burke, a naval aviator aboard FDR, was killed in an air accident in Greece, 16 May 1961.

Joanie Burke, daughter of LCDR William J. Burke
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024252
309k

Onloading provisions in the Mediterranean, 1961.

Bill Morgan, AO3, "G" Division 1960–62
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024252a
352k

Getting ready to arm aircraft, 1961

CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024252b
83k

Carl Litzkow, Phil Lundgren, Bill Morgan on flight deck, Aviation Ordnance. A3D-2 Skywarrior, VAH-11 in background, 1961.

(Digitally restored by Tom Kermen.)

CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS0614804
180k

Naval Station Mayport, Fla., 1962. Photo taken from USS Brough (DE-148) Mount 32 overlooking Mayport Harbor. Off the port bow is USS Noa (DD-841), in the background is USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42).

Bill Netch
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024279
140k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) underway, with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 1, circa 1962.

David Upton
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024280
132k

Two Douglas A-4C Skyhawks, BuNo 149491 (modex AB401) and BuNo 149503 (AB403), of Attack Squadron (VA) 12 "Flying Ubangis," Carrier Air Group (CVG) 1, aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), during the Med Cruise, 14 September 1962–22 April 1963. Photo Steve Kundzala.

Courtesy of USS Franklin D. Roosevelt website, via Robert Hurst
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024295
106k

A Grumman E-1B Tracer aircraft of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 12 Det.42 "Bats" just before landing on the attack aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), in 1962–63. VAW-12 Det.42 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 aboard FDR for a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea from 14 September 1962 to 22 April 1963. A McDonnell F-3B Demon of Fighter Squadron (VF) 14 "Top Hatters" (BuNo 143478) is visible in the foreground, with an A-4C Skyhawk (BuNo 149566) of Attack Squadron (VA) 172 "Blue Bolts" and another A-4C (BuNo 149513), of VA-12 "Flying Ubangis," beyond the Demon. Photo Steve Kundzala.

Courtesy of USS Franklin D. Roosevelt website, via Robert Hurst
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024219
74k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) underway at sea, 3 March 1963.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph. (photo # USN 1074673).

NHC
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024266
162k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) underway, circa 1964.

Image courtesy of
Larry Blumenthal, PH3, 1957-61.
"US Navy Photos"
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024253
155k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) seen from USS Springfield (CLG-7), Naples, Italy, 1965.

William C. Swisher, CTR3, USN, 1962–1966
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS09520214
632k

Two photos depicting USS Sylvania (AFS-2) during an underway replenishment operation with USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) and USS Charles R. Ware (DD-865) in the Mediterranean Sea, in 1965.

William C. Swisher, CTR3, USN, 1962–1966
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS09520215
456k
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS09520217
776k

A photo depicting USS Sylvania (AFS-2) during an underway replenishment operation with USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) and a Forrest Sherman-class destroyer, possibly USS Bigelow (DD-942), in the Mediterranean Sea, in 1965.

William C. Swisher, CTR3, USN, 1962–1966
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS091905709
143k

USS Marias (AO-57) alongside USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) during an underway replenishment in 1966. Note that many of the aircraft of Attack Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are spotted on deck. Note also other ships of the battle group astern of FDR.

US Navy photo by PH Denny.

Robert Hurst
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS091906442
1537k

USS Tolovana (AO-64) refueling USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) and USS Black (DD-666), in the Gulf of Tonkin, 12 September 1966. Photos were taken from the carrier's rescue helicopter, a Kaman UH-2 Seasprite, from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron TWO (HC-2) Det. 42 based at NAS Lakehurst, N.J., flown by Mr. Smith during operations in the Tonkin Gulf.

Photos by Michael O. Smith
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS091906443
1179k
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS091906444
1880k
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS091906445
1553k
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS091906446
1451k
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024271d
111k

McDonnell F-4B Phantom II, BuNo 152323, AB100 (CAG plane), VF-14 "Top Hatters." Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1.

NAS Atsugi, Japan, 23 September 1966.

Photos by Isamu Yatsuhashi
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024271a
107k

McDonnell F-4B Phantom II, BuNo 152327, AB101, VF-14 "Top Hatters." Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1.

NAS Atsugi, Japan, 23 September 1966.

CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024271b
114k

McDonnell F-4B Phantom II, BuNo 152229, AB103, VF-14 "Top Hatters." Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1.

NAS Atsugi, Japan, 23 September 1966.

CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024271
104k

(l) McDonnell F-4B Phantom II, BuNo 152229, AB103, VF-14 "Top Hatters." (r) McDonnell F-4B Phantom II, BuNo 152211, AB204, VF-32 "Swordsmen." Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1.

NAS Atsugi, Japan, East side parking apron, 23 September 1966.

CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024271c
82k

McDonnell F-4B Phantom II, BuNo 151021, AB104, VF-14 "Top Hatters." Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1.

NAS Atsugi, Japan, 23 September 1966.

CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024258
141k

Angel 01 (UH-2A Seasprite, BuNo 149031, from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron TWO [HC-2]) as the rotors are being folded, during operations in the Tonkin Gulf, 1966.

Photo by Michael O. Smith
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024272
61k

Angel 02, Kaman UH-2A Seasprite, BuNo 149758, HU02, HC-2 Det. 42 "Fleet Angels." Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1.

NAS Atsugi, Japan, 16 October 1966.

Photo by Isamu Yatsuhashi
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024257
170k

Angel 03 (UH-2B Seasprite, BuNo 152206, from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron TWO [HC-2]) landing on the number two elevator during operations in the Tonkin Gulf, 1966.

Photo by Michael O. Smith
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024257a
134k

Angel 03 (UH-2B Seasprite, BuNo 152206, from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron TWO [HC-2]) taking off from the number two elevator during operations in the Tonkin Gulf, 1966.

Photo by Michael O. Smith
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024220
98k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) underway in the Gulf of Tonkin, during her Vietnam War combat deployment, 19 October 1966. A UH-2 Seasprite helicopter is in flight at left. Photographed by PH1 Hendricks.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph. (photo # USN 1120428).

NHC
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024264
34k

Muster on the flight deck, 1966–1967.

David Ondocin,
FDR 1966–67
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024264a
26k

Leaving for liberty, 1966–1967.

CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024264b
30k

Getting an autograph from Jennifer Jones, 1966–1967.

CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024263
12k

Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, January 1967.

Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024256
81k

USS America (CVA-66), left; USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), framed in red; and USS Independence (CVA-62), framed in yellow. Norfolk Naval Shipyard, (probably) first half of 1969.

The photo clearly shows the size and design differences between the ships. FDR was designed and built during WW II to operate piston-engined aircraft; the ship was eventually upgraded to operate jets. America (Kitty Hawk-class) and Indy (Forrestal-class) were cold-war ships designed from the start to accommodate jet aircraft.

Steve Graham
CVA-42 FDR
NS024289
198k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) underway off the Virginia Capes, July 1969, after an austere modernization at the Norfolk Navy Yard (December 1968–June 1969). The forward centerline elevator was replaced by a deck-edge one and the bridge somewhat modified. Note port elevator still in its original position amidships, and waist catapult removed.

Steve Graham
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024218
79k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) photographed from the cockpit of a Grumman A-6A Intruder aircraft making its final approach for recovery aboard the ship, during operations in the Caribbean Sea, August 1969. The aircraft is assigned to Attack Squadron 176 (VA-176). Photographed by Ph2(DV) William R. Curtsinger.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH 97638).

NHC
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024261
286k

"Navy Moves Some Ships on Short Notice. — Washington, Oct. 18 [1969] (UPI) — The navy placed some of its ships on emergency alert as part of an apparent readiness test today, causing alarm as ships were pulled suddenly from European and American ports." Article from the Chicago Tribune.

USS Yorktown (CVS-10) left Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) left Mayport, Florida.

Attack Squadron VA-87 "Golden Warriors" (photo 024261a shows some of the squadron's A-7B Corsair IIs) had recently returned from a WestPac/Vietnam deployment aboard USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14).

Tom E. Rostkowski ATN2,
VA-87 "Golden Warriors"
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024261a
27k
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024278
184k

View of the stern of USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) as an approaching aircraft would see it while underway in the Mediterranean Sea, probably between 2 January and 27 July 1970.

DefenseImagery.mil photo # DN-SP-04-08721.

DefenseImagery.mil
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024222
177k

Naples Gulf, mid-1970, with Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6).

Carmelo Roccasalva
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024223
161k

Naples Gulf, mid-1970. Note the view ports for the secondary conning station (the seven port lights at the gallery deck level) and the "oil canning" effect on the hurricane bow plating caused from slamming into heavy seas.

Carmelo Roccasalva
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024224
163k

Naples Gulf, mid-1970. Five F-4J Phantom IIs assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of VF-84 are visible on deck, along with an A-7B Corsair II.

Carmelo Roccasalva
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024225
159k

Naples Gulf, mid-1970. Clearly visible atop the island and mast are a Mk.37 GFCS, with Mk.25 radar; an SPS-30 height-finder; and an SPS-43 long-wave, long-range air search radar.

Carmelo Roccasalva
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024254
120k

I took this photo from a helicopter returning to FDR at anchor in the Gulf of Taranto in mid-1970.

Eugene Williams
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024268
129k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) at anchor off Sardinia, summer 1970.

Harry B. Kidd, PH2, USS Independence (CVA-62), 1969–70
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024268a
161k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) at anchor off Sardinia, summer 1970, as seen from USS Independence (CVA-62).

CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024277
195k

An aerial view, port bow, of USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) while underway in the Mediterranean Sea, probably between 29 January and 28 July 1971.

DefenseImagery.mil photo # DN-SP-04-08720.

DefenseImagery.mil
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024217
89k

Underway in the Mediterranean Sea, 6 June 1971. Photographed by Ph2 W. Striegel.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (photo # NH 97637).

NHC
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024242
181k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) underway. Official US Navy Photograph #1157465, received in October 1973 by the US Naval Photographic Center, Naval Station Washington DC. Judging from air wing composition, this picture appears to have been taken circa 1971.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024216
117k

Underway at sea, circa 1970-73. The original print accompanied a 26 January 1974 press release concerning the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded to Franklin D. Roosevelt in recognition of her performance during a ten-month Sixth Fleet deployment, from 9 March to 1 December 1972.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (photo # NH 97636).

NHC
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024231
96k

"The aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV[A]-42) underway." From NAVSEA Journal.

This photo was probably taken at about the same time as the photo above (note plane spotting and flight deck activity).

Bob Bush
CVA-67 John F. Kennedy
NS0267am
125k

USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) in company with USS Saratoga (CVA-60), right, and USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), center background, at NavSta Mayport, 20 February 1973. U.S. Navy photo by PH1 Deverman.

Steve Graham
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024259
175k

Four photos believed to have been taken in the spring of 1973, off the Florida coast. Aircraft are TA-4J Skyhawks belonging to training squadrons VT-7 "Eagles" (NAS Meridian, Miss., tail code "2K") and VT-22 "Golden Eagles" (NAS Kingsville, Tex., tail code "3F").

At the time, Phil was working on the flight deck, as the safety Petty Officer for the starboard catapult.

Photographer unknow.

Submitted by Phil Dyer.
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024259a
190k
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024259b
252k
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024259c
232k
CV-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024260
143k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42), 16 or 17 December 1975, Mayport, Fla., as seen from the deck of USS Saratoga (CV-60).

Bob Royes
CV-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024202
82k Undated, Overhead showing her near the end of her service life. USN
CV-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024209
67k Shown her in her final configuration on her last cruise. Steven Graham
AT2, VA-176, 1972.
Ex-USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ex-CV 42 F.D. Roosevelt
NS024276
357k

Ex-USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) passes under the Bayonne Bridge at Kill Van Kull on her way to Kearny, NJ, to be scrapped, 3 May 1978.

This photo is ©Peter Bonomo and cannot be used withouth prior written permission from the copyright owner.

©Peter Bonomo.
Used with permission.
Patches
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024232
14k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Joe Radigan
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024232a
182k

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. Decal, circa 1967.

Fabio Peña
Memorabilia
CVB-42 FDR
NS024283
205k

Dance card, obverse and reverse. Rio de Janeiro, 5 & 6 February 1946, during the ship's shakedown cruise.

Collection of ARM2c E.E. Taylor, VB-75, CVB-42, Jan-Apr 1946.
Submitted by his son, Paul.
CVB-42 FDR
NS024283a
90k
CVB-42 FDR
NS024284
513k

"Queen of the Seas Invades Rio," F D Reporter, vol.1, no. 6, page 3, 20 February 1946.

Collection of ARM2c E.E. Taylor, VB-75, CVB-42, Jan-Apr 1946.
Submitted by his son, Paul.
CVA-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024293
4.72M

Welcome Aboard, 1956, after SCB-110 modernization.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-42 FDR
NS024288
117k

"U.S.S. ATTACK CARRIER ROOSEVELT—Home Base, Mayport, Florida"

Dexter Press, Inc., post card. Photo circa 1965–68.

Tommy Trampp.
CV-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024243
131k

Welcome Aboard, 1976–1977.

Robert M. Cieri
CV-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024244
84k

Decommissioning Ceremony invitation for the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42), October 1, 1977.

Robert M. Cieri
Models
CV-42 F.D.Roosevelt
NS024255
30k

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